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    Identifying Your Rosacea Triggers

    Last updated 6 hours 42 minutes ago

    Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that causes redness, flushing, and swelling on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin. Over time, bumps and pimples may start to form along with the redness, which can make many people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Rosacea can affect all types of people, though experts believe that people with fair skin who blush easily are at a higher risk. Although the causes of rosacea are unknown, there are typically certain triggers that result in flare-ups in people who have this condition. Keep reading for a look at some common rosacea triggers.


    As with many skin conditions, the foods you eat can have a profound effect on your rosacea. Certain dairy foods such as yogurt, sour cream, and cheese are known to trigger rosacea flare-ups. The same is true for acidic foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and vinegar. If you think your diet could be contributing to your rosacea flare-ups, your dermatologist may recommend an elimination diet in which you remove potential triggers and see how your skin reacts. Once you reintroduce the foods that have been eliminated, you may be able to identify your triggers based on how your skin reacts.


    While you can control what you eat, it can be harder to control environmental rosacea triggers. Exposure to the sun, humidity, strong winds, and cold temperatures are all known rosacea triggers, so pay attention to how your skin responds in different conditions. Saunas, baths, and other warm environments may also trigger rosacea.

    Mind and Body

    If you are under a lot of stress or feeling anxious, you may notice flare-ups of your rosacea. Your mental and physical health play a role in the condition, and people who are going through menopause, caffeine withdrawal, or who have a chronic cough may notice that their rosacea is worse.

    Altman Dermatology has been treating patients just like you for over 40 years in the Arlington Heights area. We offer high-quality dermatological care for conditions ranging from rosacea and psoriasis to skin cancer. Contact us at (847) 725-0817 to schedule your next appointment.

    What Causes Warts?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Warts often seem to come out of nowhere, without warning, but they are actually triggered by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. The virus is the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and there are more than 100 different types. It’s so contagious that nearly everyone will develop at least one wart in his or her lifetime.

    Warts are most common on the hands, where the HPV virus can enter via a small scratch. Inside the scratch, the virus causes rapid growth of cells that turn into a wart. You can pick up the HPV virus nearly anywhere, from doorknobs and keyboards to handshakes with colleagues. Although the hands are the most common location for warts, they can occur just about anywhere, including the face and legs.

    Warts can spread quickly, so it’s important to start treatment as soon as you see one appear. If your wart doesn’t respond to over-the-counter remedies, come to Altman Dermatology. Our dermatologists can freeze or burn your wart to stop it in its tracks. To make an appointment with one of our dermatologists or to learn more information, visit our website or call (847) 725-0817.  

    The Importance of Skin Cancer Prevention

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Skin cancer is the leading form of cancer in the United States. Each year, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancers combined, and the number of cases is increasing. This video explains the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

    Start by having regular dermatologist visits and getting any suspicious skin changes checked out right away. When you’re out in the sun, use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen at all times and wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun’s rays. Stay out of tanning beds completely—they are linked to more than 400,000 skin cancer cases per year.

    Are you at risk for skin cancer? To undergo a skin cancer exam and get more information about protecting yourself, make an appointment at Altman Dermatology. You can reach our office in Arlington Heights by calling (847) 725–0817.  

    Preventing Summer Skin Problems

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Summer is a great time for enjoying the outdoors, but it’s not such a welcome season for your skin. Hot temperatures, bright sunlight, and dehydration can trigger a long list of skin woes that may have you running for your dermatologist. Here is a look at some of summer’s most common skin problems and what you can do to prevent them.

    Yeast Infections

    There is yeast living on your skin all year long, but heat, sweat, and humidity during summer can lead to an infection. You’ll know you have a yeast infection if you notice tan-colored scales on your chest, neck, or other area of the body. One of the best ways to beat yeast infections is to keep your skin very clean. Anytime you get sweaty, jump into the shower to rinse off as soon as you can. You can also cut your yeast infection risk by using a soap that contains pyrithione zinc, which discourages yeast growth. If you find that home treatments aren’t working or that your yeast infections keep coming back, see your dermatologist.


    Enjoying outdoor activities during the summer increases your risk of coming into contact with plants that can cause skin irritation. This type of skin reaction is called contact dermatitis. Poison ivy and poison oak are two common offenders, but many other plants can also cause contact dermatitis, including flowers like chrysanthemums and lavender. Avoiding these irritants is the best way to avoid contact dermatitis, so be especially vigilant when camping and try to avoid tall grass. If you do get contact dermatitis and over-the-counter remedies fail to provide relief, see your dermatologist.


    During the summer, insect populations tend to swell, along with your risk of suffering from bug bites. How much you get bitten is largely based on your lipid make-up, which isn’t something you can change. However, you can use repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil to keep biting bugs away. Bites that are painful should be checked out by your dermatologist.

    Let Altman Dermatology help if you fall victim to summer skin problems. Our dermatologists deal with everything from acne to skin cancer in our patient-friendly facility. To make an appointment at our skin care center, call (847) 725-0817.

    A Patient's Guide to Psoriasis

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to grow rapidly. The extra cells cause scales and red patches to develop on the skin, which can be painful. There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are many things your dermatologist can do to help you control the symptoms. One of the first things your dermatologist will do is determine which kind of psoriasis you have. There are several different forms, and while most people only experience one kind at a time, patients may develop different types at different points in their lives. Once you’re diagnosed, your dermatologist may prescribe topical creams, oral medications, or light therapy—or a combination of these treatments—to manage your outbreaks. In this infographic, Altman Dermatology details what every patient needs to know about psoriasis. Help psoriasis sufferers everywhere take control of their disease by sharing this information

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