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    Identifying Common Skin Growths

    Last updated 4 days 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 12 days 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.

    Choosing Skin Care Products for Rosacea

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can make you feel embarrassed about the way you look. Watch this video to learn how to choose skin care products that won’t make your rosacea worse.

    When you are shopping for skin care products, look for cleansers, lotions, and makeups that are specifically designed for people with rosacea. Choose makeup that has peach or bronze undertones instead of pink or red, which can emphasize rosacea flare-ups. When you are applying skin care products, use brushes instead of sponges or your fingers, as they are gentler and won’t create as much friction on your skin.

    Ask your dermatologist at Altman Dermatology about which skin care products might be right for your rosacea. Call us at (847) 725-0817 to make an appointment at our Palatine offices. You can also visit our website to get a complete look at our services and learn more about our dermatology practice.

    Epidemiology and Risk Factors of Scabies

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Even with regular visits to the dermatologist and a good at-home skincare routine, it is possible that you might develop a skin condition or two over the course of your lifetime. If you notice any changes in your skin, it’s wise to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to determine the cause, and to treat the issue at hand. Scabies is a skin condition that can affect people from all backgrounds, and has nothing to do with personal hygiene. Read on to learn more about scabies.

    Causes

    The cause of scabies is a small mite that has been pestering humankind for over 2,500 years. The mite is microscopic in size, and the adult female burrows under the outer layer of skin to live and deposit her eggs. Because the mites are so small and the symptoms may be similar to other skin conditions, scabies can be hard to detect. If you are experiencing intense, painful itching, especially at night, it’s worth a visit to your dermatologist to determine the cause.

    Symptoms

    The most frequently reported symptom of scabies is persistent itching that’s worse at night. You may also notice small red bumps that resemble bites, pimples, or hives forming in the areas where you’re itchy. Any gradual or sudden skin changes that result in such intense discomfort should be examined by your dermatologist.

    Risk Factors

    Contrary to popular belief, having scabies does not mean that you’re dirty, unhygienic, or neglectful of your skin. Typically, scabies is transmitted from person to person in close quarters, such as between people who live in the same house or between sexual partners. Scabies spreads easily, especially in places such as nursing homes, prisons, and child care centers where there are many people in a relatively small area.

    If you have noticed changes in your skin and you’re wondering if they could be due to scabies, call Altman Dermatology in Arlington Heights at (847) 725-0817. We treat chronic and acute skin conditions with the latest technology and a compassionate approach. Our board-certified dermatologists have been serving our patients for over 40 years.

    Identifying Your Rosacea Triggers

    Last updated 1 month 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.

    Food

    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.

    Environment

    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.

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