Skin Conditions & Treatments

 
 

Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a treatable autoimmune condition which can appear on the skin, scalp and nails and occasionally affect the joints.  Treatments may include topical treatments such as creams, ointments or gels and/or Phototherapy using UV light.

 

Eczema

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Eczema is a skin condition that causes it to become inflamed. Eczema can affect any age group and can be triggered or aggravated by irritation from fragrances and prickly clothing to name a few.  Contact with allergens such as pollen & grasses as well as dry skin and emotional stress can all be a contributing factor.  In general and in most cases, there is no cure for Eczema however the aim is treating the inflammation to relieve the itch and prevent any flare ups if the condition is chronic.

 

Vitiligo

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Vitaligo is an autoimmune condition which forms white patches on the skin.  Phototherapy sessions are a safe and effective treatment for vitiligo.

 

Phototherapy – UVB Light Therapy 

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Phototherapy – UVB Light Therapy  is a type of ultraviolet light. A phototherapy cabinet is lined with special bulbs that produce artificial rays of the sun.  UVB treatment is an effective way of treating skin conditions.  Treatment is normally 2-3 times a week. Treatment is initially of short duration but increases each time.  Your skin condition and response to treatment will determine the number of sessions required.

 

Acne

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Acne Medications are available for the treatment of acne.  The dermatologist will assess the severity and provide options for the most effective form of treatment. 

 

Rosacea

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Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that is easily controlled and medically managed.  Rosacea symptoms and signs include redness of the face (blushing or flushing).  Rosacea could be mistaken for rosy cheeks, sunburn or quite often, acne.  It is not possible to prevent rosacea but the dermatologist could advise you to limit exposure to triggering factors such as spicy foods, hot liquids, smoking and irritating cosmetics. 

 

Alopecia (Hair Loss)

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Alopecia (Hair Loss) a common problem for both men and women.  There are different types of alopecia, most common being alopecia areata which is a condition that causes sudden hair loss in round patches.  Children can also be affected by this condition.  Once the dermatologist determines the cause of your hair loss, they are then able to recommend the appropriate treatment.

Skin Cancer

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Skin Cancer is caused by damaged skin cells which can result from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. 

There are 3 main types of skin cancer:

  • Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) most common type of skin cancer.  Treatment may involve creams and/or surgery

  • Squamous cell carcinoma (scc) occurs mainly in Caucasians.  It starts from cells in the outermost layer of the skin which potentially overgrow and spread

  • Malignant melanoma is a potentially fatal form of skin cancer caused by cancerous cells which can spread to other parts of the body

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