Rashes will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime, whether it’s from coming in contact with poison ivy while on a camping trip or from an allergic reaction to a skincare product. While most rashes aren’t anything to worry about, we know that the other symptoms that accompany them—redness, itching and burning—can be annoying. Find out the most common causes for rashes and when your rash requires an evaluation from a dermatologist.
What causes a rash?
There are a variety of reasons rashes develop. Your rash could be caused by:
- Contact dermatitis
- Certain medications
- Heat rash
- Viral infections
- Asthma or allergies
- Bug bite
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
When do you seek medical attention?
Most rashes will go away on their own and won’t require medical attention; however, while all rashes might look the same it’s also important to be able to recognize when a rash is serious enough that it needs to be evaluated by a skin doctor. Since there are so many different things that can cause a rash it’s important to have a proper diagnosis so you know exactly how to treat it.
You should have a rash checked out if:
- It’s all over your body
- It’s accompanied by a fever
- It’s painful
- It’s showing signs of an infection (oozing; warm to the touch; swelling)
- It’s blistering
- It appears suddenly and continues to spread quickly
How do you treat a rash?
The treatment plan your dermatologist creates for you will really depend on the cause of your rash. Sometimes over-the-counter creams such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion can help manage itching and other symptoms until the rash goes away. Oatmeal baths can also be soothing for rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak. While the rash heals, avoid using any products on your skin that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals. Try not to cover the rash, as it needs to be able to breathe.
If you do have to come in for an evaluation, we will provide you with the proper medication or treatment necessary to get rid of the root cause of the rash. It’s important that you follow the treatment as prescribed in order to effectively get rid of the rash.
How Botox from your dermatologist in Lakeville can help you look younger
When you smile, frown, or make other facial expressions, do small lines and wrinkles appear that don’t go away afterward? If so, you are seeing the early signs of aging. Fortunately, there is an effective treatment to fight the early signs of aging. It’s called Botox and Dr. Robert Zabel at Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, MN, wants to share the benefits of Botox with you.
As you age, your skin loses moisture and elasticity so that when you smile or frown, small lines and wrinkles form which don’t smooth out. That’s where Botox can help.
Botox has a long history of safety and effectiveness to smooth out skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily weakening the nerves and muscles which cause the lines and wrinkles.
Botox is commonly used to reduce the appearance of:
- Crow's feet, the lines at the corners of your eyes
- Furrows, the lines across your forehead
- Glabella, the lines between your eyebrows
Botox treatment is quick and usually tolerated very well. You will notice results within 2 to 4 days after treatment, and you may need maintenance treatments after 3 to 4 months to maintain your results.
For more detailed information including before-and-after photos, please visit the Botox page on the website at http://centerfordermatology.net.edit.officite.com/botox.html
If you want to look younger and better, it’s time to consider Botox. To find out more about the benefits of Botox and other cosmetic and medical dermatology services call Dr. Zabel at Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, MN. Call today and look as young as you feel!
Learn some fun facts about these common skin blemishes.
Birthmarks are extremely common, appearing on about 80 percent of babies at birth. Even if you don’t have a birthmark, chances are good that you know someone who does. However, how much do you actually know about these dermatological markings? There are a lot of facts and folklore surrounding birthmarks and why they appear. Find out how much you really know!
Your Birthmark Is Not Caused By Your Mother!
There are many folk tales surrounding the expectant mother’s influence on whether or not her child has a birthmark. Some cultures believe that a birthmark is associated with the mother’s unfulfilled want or need, while others believe that certain foods that the mother eats or activities that she participates in can cause birthmarks to appear on her newborn. However, many doctors believe that birthmarks actually form before the child is even born.
Does a Birthmark Tell You Who You’ll Be?
Are you always looking for the next amazing adventure? Do people revel over all your successes? If so, some people might believe your birthmark has something to do with it. A birthmark on the back is believed to signify that the child is openminded, while a birthmark on the right foot means you are born to be a traveler. While there is certainly no scientific evidence to prove any of this, it’s a fun superstition nonetheless.
All lore aside, many birthmarks are benign; however, it is best to see your dermatologist to have it evaluated and to make sure it isn’t malignant. There are several different kinds of birthmarks:
- Congenital melanocytic nevus: This more rare birthmark can be found anywhere on the body and is usually light brown or sometimes black, depending on the person’s skin color.
- Mongolian spots: A bluishgray marking that may look similar to a bruise.
- Port wine stain: A purple or red blemish that often appears on the face.
- Telangiectatic nevus: Sometimes referred to as a “stork bite” or “angel kiss”, these slightly red patches are often found on the face or back of the neck.
- Hemangiomas: A raised, red mark sometimes referred to as a “strawberry mark”
- Café au lait spots: This birthmark is characterized by circular, light brown spots
- Silvermark: A silver or white streak in the hair.
If you are unhappy with or embarrassed by your birthmark then you may also want to talk to your dermatologist about having it removed. Both surgery and laser treatments may be options for having your skin blemish removed.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that produces itchy rashes that are scaly, dry, and leathery. It can appear anywhere on the body and most often appears in the creases of the arms, legs, and face. Something that many people may not know is that there are multiple types of eczema. They all share some common symptoms but are all different depending on the nature of what triggers the reaction and the location of the rash.
Types of Eczema
This is the most frequent and common form of eczema and it’s thought to be caused by the body’s immune system functioning abnormally. It’s characterized by itchy, inflamed skin and typically runs in families. Atopic Dermatitis usually flares up and goes away intermittently throughout a person’s life.
This is caused when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as certain chemicals. Finding what triggers a breakout is important so that it can be prevented in the future. Triggers may be things like laundry detergent, body soap, fabrics, poison ivy, and more.
Dyshidrotic Dermatitis usually affects the palms and soles of the feet. It is characterized by clear, deep blisters that itch and burn and occurs frequently during summer months and in warm areas.
This form of eczema is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a cycle of scratching to a localized itch, such as a mosquito bite or spider bite. It’s characterized by scaly patches of skin, usually on the head, lower legs, wrists, and forearms. The skin may become thickened and leathery.
This form is characterized by round patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaly, and very itchy. It frequently appears on the back, arms, buttocks, and lower legs.
This is a common condition that causes yellow, oily, and scaly patches on the scalp, face, and other body parts. Dandruff is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This form of eczema doesn’t always itch. Triggers can include weather, oily skin, emotional stress, and infrequent shampooing.
This appears on the lower legs of older people and is related to circulation and vein problems. Symptoms can include itching and red-brown discoloration on the skin the legs. As the condition progresses it can lead to blistering, oozing, and skin lesions.
Eczema comes in all shapes and sizes and can be triggered by many things. If you have questions about eczema or want to make an appointment, call our office today!
Does your unwanted hair bother you? It's unsightly, and then there's the shaving, the plucking, the waxing. Can't you achieve smooth, hair-free skin some other way? The answer yes, you can have the beautiful look you've always wanted with laser hair removal from Dr. Robert Zabel at the Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, MN. Used on both men and women, this dramatically effective process produces outstanding results comfortably and quickly. Say goodbye to shavers and tweezers!
Your skin consultation
Dr. Zabel will discuss your skin care options and medical history with you during a personal consultation at the Center for Dermatology. Most healthy adults are good candidates for laser skin removal in Lakeville, particularly because your board-certified dermatologist uses short wavelength laser instruments that are particularly gentle and effective for even darker skin tones.
The doctor will examine the areas you wish to treat and advise you that you refrain from waxing or plucking those areas for several weeks before the procedure. You should avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning, too.
Typical areas treated are:
- Upper lip
- Bikini line
During the actual hair removal procedure, your specially-trained aesthetician will prepare your selected skin areas with a mild topical anesthetic and give you eye protection to wear. Then, she'll use the handheld laser to deliver short bursts of light to the skin.
You may feel some heat, but basically, the short procedure is painless. Treatment time depends on the size of the areas treated. As the laser passes over the skin, it effectively destroys the hair follicles.
You'll see results at home over the ensuing few days as the unwanted hair falls out, and the treated areas may look a bit red and feel sore as though you have a mild sunburn.
You may need repeated treatments every six weeks or so over six months depending on your results. Then, you'll basically have the smooth look you desire with only occasional touch-ups needed, says the American Academy of Dermatology. You're in good company when you receive laser hair removal treatments. They are one of the most popular cosmetic skin services in the United States today.
Learn more about laser hair removal
Enjoy the freedom and attractive appearance of hair-free skin. Contact the Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, MN for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Robert Zabel and his team. Learn all about laser hair removal and how it can work for you.
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