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    Causes of Lichen Planus

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Lichen planus is a common skin rash that affects patients of all ages. This rash can appear anywhere on the body, even in the mouth. Dermatologists are still not entirely certain what causes lichen planus, but theorize that it is an autoimmune disease. Instead of the body seeing the skin as an integral part of its whole, it treats it as a foreign system and attacks it. There are also medicines that can bring about lichen planus, such as diuretics, and dermatologists believe there could also be a link between the rash and the hepatitis C virus. You may also experience lichen planus in the mouth if you have received a metal filling for a cavity.

    No matter what the cause may be for your lichen planus, the dermatologists here at Altman Dermatology can help you regain control over your skin. We consider dermatology care and customer satisfaction to be our top priorities and will always see to it that you leave our office feeling better about your skin. To schedule an appointment with us, call (847) 725-0817.

    When a Mole Is Precancerous

    Last updated 1 month ago

    One of the most common questions that a dermatologist receives from his or her patients is how one can tell if a mole is precancerous or not. As the dermatologist in this video explains, there are a few telltale signs of a cancerous mole. These symptoms include abnormal bleeding, crusting, and significant changes in shape.

    You may also be able to tell if a mole is abnormal by its color—moles that become increasingly non-red in color are in need of examination by a professional. It's important to know that you cannot tell if a mole is precancerous just because it feels injured, inflamed, or itchy.

    If you suspect that one or more of your moles could be precancerous, it is important that you see a dermatologist right away. To find out how the dermatologists at Altman Dermatology can help you treat your specific skin condition, visit our website or call us at (847) 725-0817.

    Using Microdermabrasion for Acne Treatment

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you suffer from acne, then you know just how difficult it can be to find an effective treatment that will eliminate your blemishes without excessively drying out your skin. After consulting with a dermatologist, you may discover that the key to clearing up your skin is microdermabrasion. Here is a look at the process of using microdermabrasion for acne treatment.

    Exfoliation and Rejuvenation of the Skin

    During a microdermabrasion treatment, the dermatologist sprays small crystals onto the skin that exfoliate the epidermis. As this layer of skin is penetrated and gently scrubbed, small blemishes such as pimples and clogged pores will be carefully yet effectively treated. The procedure requires no anesthetics and is therefore a great acne treatment if you prefer little to no downtime after leaving your dermatologist's office.

    Aftercare and Sun Protection

    Since microdermabrasion effectively targets the epidermis and may leave it slightly irritated for a period of seven to 10 days, it is essential that you allow your skin to fully heal before returning to your everyday lifestyle. Be sure to stay out of the sun for several weeks and always wear sunscreen when you must go outdoors. A moisturizer is an essential component of acne treatments, and after microdermabrasion, it is even more important that you keep your skin moisturized as it heals.

    Effects Over the Long Term

    As the pinkness in your skin starts to fade in the weeks following your microdermabrasion treatment, you will begin to notice an improvement when it comes to the clearness of your acne-prone skin. The biggest improvements you can expect to see are fewer blackheads, whiteheads, and clogged pores.

    If you're ready to bid farewell to your bothersome acne, come speak with a dermatologist at Altman Dermatology. Our experts can analyze your skin and prescribe the right acne treatment to eliminate your blemishes. Call (847) 725-0817 to learn more about our services.

    Identifying Common Skin Growths

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When it comes to dermatological conditions, one of the most bothersome and puzzling for patients to deal with is mysterious skin growths. If you are frequently developing small bumps or growths on your skin, it's important to know that there are plenty of effective treatments a dermatologist can employ to eliminate those growths. Here is a guide to identifying common skin growths.

    Swollen Boils Brought on by Bacteria

    When it comes to common skin growths, many patients consider boils to be one of the more embarrassing problems to seek attention for. A boil is caused by a bacterial infection in a hair follicle and can swell with pus and tissue up to the size of a golf ball. If you are worried that you might have a boil, the best way to know for sure is to see your dermatologist.

    Warts of All Varieties

    Unlike a boil, a wart is the result of a viral infection. Warts can occur anywhere on the body, but are commonly seen in several specific areas based on their type. Genital warts appear in the groin area and warrant immediate attention, as they can be a sign of HPV and other infections. The most painful warts you can experience are plantar, which target the feet and require treatment from a dermatologist.

    Irritating Skin Tags

    Another common type of skin growth you may develop over your lifetime is a skin tag. Skin tags are especially common in middle-aged women and women who have diabetes. Dermatologists believe they occur when skin rubs against skin, which explains why they are common in the armpits and inner thigh area.

    Lipomas on the Torso and Neck

    Lipomas are small, round masses of fat that tend to develop on the torso, the neck, and the forearms. As your dermatologist will share with you, lipomas are typically non-cancerous, but it is crucial that you have them checked out because in rare cases, they can be cancerous. Your dermatologist will perform a biopsy to check for cancer and may advise removing the lipoma.

    If you're having trouble identifying your skin growth or are concerned about a particular blemish, contact Altman Dermatology today. Our dermatologists specialize in a wide range of skin conditions and are experienced in treating skin growths of all kinds. Call (847) 725-0817 to schedule a consultation with us.

    Breaking Bad Skin Care Habits

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Did you know that some of your daily habits and routines could be negatively affecting the health and appearance of your skin? Everything from what you put into your body to what you put on your body can spell trouble for your skin if you’re not careful. Smoking is bad for your overall health and can lead to signs of premature aging, including wrinkles. It can also make your skin turn a yellowish color, so try to quit smoking. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, it can show on your skin in the form of bags and wrinkles under your eyes. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night so you look and feel refreshed in the morning. Some people tend to pick or scratch at their skin, which can leave scars, so ask your dermatologist to help you get to the root of your scratching.

    You can look and feel your best with the help of Altman Dermatology in Arlington Heights. We provide high-quality dermatological care for our patients with medical and cosmetic issues. Call us at (847) 725-0817 to make an appointment with one of our friendly and experienced dermatologists.

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