Medical Dermatology Services

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction caused by a substance or physical insult from the outside "in contact" with the skin surface.  There are 2 main types of contact dermatitis: Irritant Contact Dermatitis Irritation is direct outer skin damage, which [...]

Itching

Itching is defined as the sensation that causes the desire to scratch.  It is the most common skin symptom that bothers our patients.   The medical word for itch is pruritus.  Itching is most often, but not always, related to the [...]

Atypical nevi

Most people have moles, which are also known as nevi.  Atypical nevi are unusual moles that are generally larger than normal moles, variable in color, and often have irregular borders. Atypical moles occur most often on the upper back, torso, [...]

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Sweating is a normal function of the skin to help prevent our body from overheating.  However, if the sweating gets to the point of ruining clothing or interfering with social interactions, it may be excessive.  This can cause embarassment and [...]

Melasma

Melasma is a skin condition that presents as a brown patchy discoloration on the face, most commonly on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, temples and nose.  This condition usually affects women, although men can be affected. Melasma most often affects [...]

Cysts

Cysts are common, usually benign, growths that can appear anywhere on the body. Patients with cysts may be concerned with the cosmetic appearance, or the cyst may be causing discomfort and mechanical irritation due to its location. Cysts can also [...]

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a serious medical condition that affects the autoimmune system.  About 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, that's 2 out of every 100 people. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic.  The most common form, which [...]

Warts

Warts are benign growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).  Warts commonly appear in children and young adults, but can appear at any age. There are several different kinds of warts including common warts, plantar (foot/mosaic) warts, and flat [...]

Eczema

"Eczema" and "dermatitis" are general terms for red, itchy skin. Some people use the word "eczema" to refer to an inherited condtion of sensitive, reactive skin starting in childhood, often associated with allergic hay fever, asthma, and allergies. This type [...]

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition which can be easily treated. How it presents is different for different age groups as it affects infants, teens, and adults of all ages. Most commonly this condition presents as a [...]

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, red bumps, pustules, swelling, and broken blood vessels on the face. Often mistakenly called "adult acne" rosacea frequently begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily.  It may progress to [...]

Fungal infections

A "fungus" is a group of  organisms ( or "germs").  There are some types that can cause skin problems on the surface, and there are even some types (yeasts)  that normally live on the skin or in the body. Only [...]

Hair Loss

Hair loss is a problem that is very distressing for patients.  Hair loss can be caused by a variety of conditions, diseases, and even improper hair care. Hereditary thinning is the most common cause of hair loss.  However, not all [...]

Acne

Did you know that acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40 million to 50 million Americans? Nearly 85 percent of all people have acne at some point in their lives, most often on the [...]