Common Dermatology Problems Teenagers Need to Look Out For | Alliance Keller Area

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If you are, or know a teenager living in the Alliance Keller area, you may find this guide helpful for advice on what to do when you encounter these skin problems most teens will run into growing up. Health is wealth in this case, and caring for your skin is the first step to caring for the rest of your body.

Acne

During a teenager’s pubescent years, a teenagers pores can be clogged with sebum, a chemical that’s intended to keep your skin moisturized and protected from germs and other debris. When this happens, a common skin bacteria, called Propionibacterium acnes can cause redness, inflammation, and swelling in the pores of your skin, sometimes causing cysts and nodules to form. Dermatology centers advise not to pop your cysts yourself, as this can damage the skin and cause the cyst to reform over time. Symptoms include black and white “heads” appearing at the tip of a pore, as well as redness, and the tendency for that area to form bumps. Common treatment options include antibacterial ointments, hormone therapy, and professional acne removal for cases where the cysts get especially large and painful.

Eczema

An umbrella term for rashes, and itching that spread from the skin, it commonly occurs on the face, inside elbows, on hands, and feet. Avoiding the urge to scratch that area is imperative as dryness can spread out from the inflammation that scratching causes. Symptoms of eczema include severely dry skin, redness and irritation of the skin, sensitive skin, inflammation and swelling. Because eczema is worsened by irritation, consulting with a dermatology specialist can help identify specific treatment options such as setting up a moisturizing/bathing routine, or taking antihistamines to reduce irritation and swelling.

Dandruff

What some Alliance Keller area residents may not know, is dandruff, similar to eczema, doesn’t have a single cause. For many teens who may worry that their dandruff is because of some hygiene problem, this isn’t based in fact, and they shouldn’t be ashamed of that, Common symptoms include white flakes in the hair or on clothing, itching or burning in the scalp, and oily skin that also has dry patches and flakes. Dermatology centers recommend a combination of skin and hair care treatments such as a more frequent hair washing routine and treating skin inflammation with a hydrocortisone cream.

Athlete’s Foot

For Alliance Keller area residents who participate in physically demanding activities, and wear the same socks for long periods of time, they can contract a fungal infection that clings to the skin of the feet toes and ankles. Symptoms include red, inflamed rash usually starting between the toes, and itching that is especially pronounced immediately after removing shoes. Severe cases may result in blisters or ulcers on your feet. Because athlete’s foot can be chronic, dermatology centers advocate for prevention before treatment. Avoid exposing feet to fungus in places where people may contract athletes foot such as gym locker rooms, bathrooms, and swimming pools. Depending on the severity of the infection, doctors recommend treatment ranging from vigorously scrubbing the feet with warm soapy water, to prescribing antifungal medication.

Cold Sore

Cold sores are the result of an open cut in or on the mouth that are exposed to a type of herpes virus. The virus is typically contracted during childhood, but remains dormant until hormonal changes occur, causing the virus to become more active. Common symptoms include blisters, pain, swelling, and in more serious cases, high fever, muscle aches, nausea, and swollen glands in the neck and face. While the sore itself should clear itself up in a few weeks, dermatology specialists have several recommendations for treating the pain and other symptoms, such as using a cold compress, taking oral pain medication, and using topical agents to numb the sore itself.

Warts

For Alliance Keller area teens going through puberty, their physical appearance can mean a lot to them. That’s why it may seem especially serious when they develop warts around their face, hands and arms. Caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, warts are relatively common blemishes that stay isolated in that part of the skin. Common treatments for wart removal include laser removal, freezing the wart, and cutting the wart off. Skin that is injured is more susceptible to getting warts, so dermatology centers agree that maintaining good hygiene, and not scratching at sores or cuts on your body can do a lot to prevent warts.

Ringworm

Similar to athlete’s foot, ringworm is a fungal infection that occurs on the skin other than areas where athlete’s foot occur, such as the arms, biceps, face, and other open parts of the body. The fungus that causes ringworm is infectious, but unlike athletes’ foot, usually occurs from direct contact that’s skin to skin as opposed to indirect contact from simply touching the same places an infected person has been. Ringworm (named for its ring/circular appearance on the skin) is can be treated by a dermatology specialist, typically prescribing antifungal treatments, and washing the infected area so it doesn’t spread, or infect other people.

Sunburns

Without proper supervision, young adults can quickly undergo the effects of both short term and long-term sun exposure. While short term side effects include skin irritation and scarring, long term side effects include the development of skin cancer and severe swelling. Dermatology treatments for sunburns include cooling the affected area with cold water and keeping the burned area moisturized with intense moisturizers such as Aloe Vera.

In Conclusion

Alliance Keller area residents may be worried by the sudden outbreak of skin conditions like acne and warts, but aside from their physical appearance, most dermatology treatments are comprehensive enough that teenagers can still be happy and healthy.


All That You Need to Know About Ringworm: Why Contact Keller Dermatology for Help

Do not be fooled by its name. Ringworm is not a worm infection. Known by its scientific name, tinea or dermatophytosis, ringworm is a fungal infection that appears on the skin. Ringworm does not just affect humans. The infection can affect both humans and animals and appears in the form of red patches on the skin that spread to the rest of the body. You may notice patches on feet, scalp, arms or other areas. If it occurs on the feet, the condition is known as athlete’s foot. The red rash is cornered with a mildly raised border, just like in the form of a ring, which is why it is called ringworm.

Ringworm is contagious and you may get it on other body parts if you come into contact with it. If it is on your feet, you are more likely to come into contact with it using your hands. You are also susceptible to developing the condition from others. If you come into contact with toxic substances or contaminated surfaces, the condition is likely to appear on your skin.

How can I recognize it?

The symptoms depend on the body areas that are affected. Here’s what you may notice:

  • Raised patches
  • Raised patches are redder on the border
  • Raised patches that form a ring
  • Blisters begin to develop
  • Red, itchy or scaly patches

If the symptoms become worse over time, you need to contact Keller Dermatology for help. When you start noticing the symptoms, you should contact the doctor anyway, immediately. In case the infection starts happening on your fingernails or toenails, your nails – if not treated – would become thicker and lose their natural color. Ringworm could cause the nails to crack. If it happens on the head, you would be prone to having red marks, losing hair and developing bald patches.

Am I at risk?

Ringworm develops from three types of fungi, which stay for prolonged periods beneath earth. If you or an animal – say, your pet – come into contact with this soil directly, you or the animal could contact ringworm.

You are prone to getting the infection if you come into contact with human and animals who are suffering from the condition. Children are more likely to develop it because they frequently come into contact with shared items that may not be as clean.

Anyone could be susceptible to developing ringworm infection. The condition is common among people who own pets – cats and dogs. Cats and dogs stand a high chance of contracting ringworm and pass it on their owners when they come into contact with them. There are subtle signs that could help you detect if your pets are infected. They might develop scaly patches on their skin, white patches around the claws, bald or circular patches of skin and patches with weak or broken hair.

Human are likely to contract the disease if they have mild infections, injuries or are wet. Walking barefoot could also expose you to the disease or athlete’s foot. For this reason, public pools, public washroom and public showers are not exactly clean. If you keep your laundry unwashed for a long time or wear used, unwashed clothing again, you would be at a higher chance of contracting ringworm.

How can it be diagnosed?

As soon as you notice the first signs of ringworm developing on your skin or pet’s skin, schedule an appointment with Keller Dermatology immediately. Negligence could cause the infection to become bigger, more painful, redder, and spread to the rest of the body or even other people. The dermatologist would assess the affected area using black light. Black light is used because it makes fungi glow. Therefore, your dermatologist would examine your skin and detect all those areas that have been infected.

The dermatologist could use several tests to examine affected areas:

  • If the dermatologist perform KOH exam, a piece of skin would be scraped off from the infected area. The piece of skin is then placed in potassium hydroxide, which kills normal cells, leaving fungal cells for further examination under microscope.
  • Skin biopsy could be performed when your doctor extracts a sample of your skin and removes the blister, which are then forwarded to the laboratory for comprehensive examination.

How is it treated?

It is best to contact Keller Dermatology for your skin condition as they would perform detailed examination of your skin and provide you with the right medication or suitable cure. Your dermatologist would also ask questions and might guide you to make some lifestyle changes to avoid contracting the disease in the future.

Keller Dermatology would provide you with medication that is appropriate for your skin and depending on the seriousness of ringworm infection. If it is not that severe, Keller Dermatology may prescribe you with ointments or creams. If you develop ringworm infection on the nails, you might be required to take medicines orally. If you take the medication regularly and follow the instructions that Keller Dermatology provided you with, the infection can be gone within days or four weeks. If your body is still not responding well to the medication, contact Compassion Dermatology in Keller, TX. The Keller Dermatologist may provide you with other pills to clear the infection.

What should you do when you have it?

Keller Dermatologist would recommend that you avoid going near risk factors and follow these instructions:

  • Always keep your bed clean. Dust you bed every day before sleeping and after waking up to clear dust or termites. Change the bed sheets regularly.
  • Always wash your clothes after wearing them. When you spend long hours wearing them, all the germs from your body accumulate on your clothes.
  • Avoid scratching the affected area as it could cause the infection to become worse. Repeated scratching could cause you to develop strep infection. Keller Dermatology would provide you with antibiotics to cure the condition.
  • When you are wearing clothes that come into contact with the affected area, cover properly with bandage.