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    Preventing Summer Skin Problems

    Last updated 3 months 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 4 months 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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    Get the Facts about Psoriasis

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Psoriasis impacts millions of Americans, but despite how common this autoimmune skin disease is, it is often misunderstood. People have many misconceptions about psoriasis, including that it isn’t serious and doesn’t need treatment. In reality, if you have psoriasis, working with your dermatologist on a skin care plan is one of the most important things you can do to control your symptoms. To get a better understanding of psoriasis and what your dermatologist can do to help, consider these facts.

    Psoriasis Is Not Contagious

    The red, scaly skin caused by psoriasis can be very noticeable during a flare-up, and many people assume that the condition is contagious. The truth is that psoriasis cannot be passed from person to person, even if someone comes into contact with the affected skin. Psoriasis is caused by an immune system response that cannot be transmitted.

    Psoriasis Is Not Caused by Lack of Hygiene

    Poor hygiene has nothing to do with psoriasis. Hygiene doesn’t cause or control outbreaks. There are other triggers, however, and identifying which ones impact you the most will help your dermatologist develop a care plan. Common psoriasis triggers include stress, insect bites, cuts, and alcohol consumption.

    Psoriasis Is Not Just a Cosmetic Issue

    Having psoriasis can certainly cause cosmetic concerns, especially when outbreaks occur in very visible areas, such as the face or hands. However, psoriasis is much more than a cosmetic concern, and it’s important to take it seriously. Your dermatologist can help you control the pain, itching, and skin infections that can come with psoriasis. For some patients, psoriatic arthritis, which causes joint pain and swelling, also accompanies psoriasis. By following your dermatologist’s treatment recommendations, you may be able to keep some of these symptoms at bay.

    If you have psoriasis, schedule an appointment at Altman Dermatology. Our dermatologists can help you keep your symptoms in check and reduce your chances of experiencing a flare-up. For help with all of your skin-related health concerns, call our practice today at (847) 725-0817.

    Don't Miss the 2014 Walk to Cure Psoriasis

    Last updated 4 months ago

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    Sunscreen 101

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Sunscreen is one of the most important elements of a skin care routine and it can protect your skin from dangerous UV rays from the sun. You should find a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 and apply it frequently.

    If you do not wear sunscreen, you are leaving your skin susceptible to UVA and UVB rays that could cause sunburns, premature wrinkles, and might even lead to skin cancer. If you spend a lot of time in the water, buy a water-resistant sunscreen to protect yourself from these rays so you can enjoy time in the sun without damaging your skin.

    Altman Dermatology offers some of the best skin cancer treatment in Illinois. Our dermatology team can help you figure out the best way to protect and care for your skin in your daily life. We will help you choose sunscreen that keeps you safe from the sun and helps reduce your risk for skin cancer and other issues. To learn more about our treatment options or to schedule an appointment, call (847) 725-0817.

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