Medical Dermatology

Medical DermatologyYour skin is an amazing organ, but it is also very susceptible to internal, external, and environmental risks. Whatever your skin complaint is, you need an expert dermatologist committed to providing the best diagnosis of your condition as well as the latest and most advanced treatment options available. West Dermatology has been a leader in medical dermatology for over six decades. Our board-certified skin specialists use state-of-the-art procedures, medications, and treatments to treat your skin, hair, and nail disorders.

Read on to learn more about the skin conditions that we treat and contact West Dermatology through our online contact form to schedule an informative medical dermatology consultation today.



Acne

Acne is not just for teenagers, as many adults have found out the hard way. It develops when tiny sebaceous glands beneath the surface of your skin produce excess oil that, along with loose skin cells, clogs the follicles in your skin and forms a pimple. A breakout can have a number of catalysts, including diet and hormonal changes. Acne treatment ranges from traditional oral and topical medicines to more advanced technological solutions, such as laser therapy. Let us help you now so you’ll still have your beautiful complexion later!

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Acne Scarring

Acne scarring can result from any type of acne, but the most serious types cause the most damage to surrounding skin through the form of scars. While shallow depressions usually heal by themselves and don’t leave much behind, deeper depressions don’t heal as nicely by themselves and leave flawed or scarred skin. Acne scarring can take the form of two distinct types: Hypertrophic (keloid) scarring, which leaves a collection of raised tissue on the surface of your skin, and atrophic (depressed) scarring, which results in skin depressions due to tissue loss. However, healing is possible through advanced dermatologic skin care.

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Allergies

Countless forms of allergies can manifest on the skin. While their effects are sometimes purely cosmetic effects, they may also cause discomfort and pain. The dermatology specialists at West Dermatology are uniquely prepared to help you with your allergy-related ailments so you can be comfortable in your own skin no matter what season or setting! A certified immunology specialist can help identify the underlying cause of your allergic reactions and then help take the appropriate steps to treat and prevent allergic reactions, which will impact your skin and improve your overall health.

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia is an unpredictable patchy hair loss condition affecting over 3 million Americans. This hair condition is thought to be due to a problem with your autoimmune system, although there is also evidence that genetics plays a factor, too. West Dermatology offers many types of skin care treatments to bring back your hair and self-confidence!

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Brown Age Spots

Brown age spots are known by other names — liver spots, sun spots, or solar lentigines — and are not always brown; they can also be tan or black. Generally, these spots are flat, differ in size, and appear on the hands, face, arms, shoulders, and anywhere else that you commonly expose to the sun. While there are no medically necessary reasons to undergo treatment to remove age spots, many people do undergo treatment for cosmetic reasons. The easiest way to prevent discoloration by brown age spots is prevention and proper protection against sun exposure, there are many effective and simple treatment available now to diminish the appearance of spots.

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Bullous Pemphigoid

Bullous pemphigoid is a very rare autoimmune skin disorder that usually affects people over the age of 60 and results in large fluid-filled blisters on or near places on your body that frequently flex or fold, such as the lower belly or armpits. In some cases, the blisters are mild while in more severe cases, the blisters are always at risk transforming into ulcers. This condition is not always easy to treat, so you need experts like the ones at West Dermatology to properly diagnose and treat your skin condition.

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Eczema and Dermatitis

Characterized by itchy red patches on your skin, eczema is believed to be an autoimmune condition. This condition can frustrate you by flaring up anywhere on your body due to allergens, food, cleansers, stress, and hormonal changes. There are no known causes for eczema, but West Dermatology provides a range of skin treatments to manage it, particularly the itching, which can lead to infection if not controlled.

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Hair Loss

Hair loss in women has been shamefully ignored for years, for nearly one in three American women undergo some degree of hair thinning during their lives, which can cause more social ostracization than men with similar hair loss issues. Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) can be mild or severe and often starts after menopause begins. Contact West Dermatology for a diagnosis of your hair loss and the treatments available to you.

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Lupus

Lupus is a non-contagious autoimmune skin disease that can cause pain, inflammation, and even damage to your organs and/or other tissues. It’s a chronic condition, lasting anywhere from weeks to years. The cause is unknown, although it’s thought to develop due to hormones, genetics, and/or the environment. Contact West Dermatology to learn about effective skin treatments.

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Melasma

A common skin problem that causes brown or grayish-brown patches to develop on your face, melasma is a chronic condition that can cause considerable amounts of stress and self-esteem issues. Although it is unknown what the precise causes are, hormonal changes, stress, and prolonged sun exposure are thought to trigger the unwanted patches to develop. Sometimes, they disappear on their own, but if they don’t, West Dermatology offers various topical skin treatments and medical dermatology procedures to help reduce discoloration.

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Nail Fungus

Your nails are part of our expertise at West Dermatology, and we are proud to provide unrivaled care for nail fungus. Almost 1 in 10 Americans has nail fungus, aka tinea unguium or onychomycosis. It affects both toenails and fingernails and is characterized by discoloration, nail cracking or splitting, and even an unpleasant odor. Our caring medical dermatology staff can diagnose the severity of your condition and provide treatment options and preventative measures suitable for you.

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis develops when skin cells in certain parts of your body grow and multiply much faster than usual. The condition can range from mild to severe, and your scalp, hands, elbows, back, knees, and feet are most commonly affected. A number of factors can trigger a psoriasis flare-up, but topical ointments and creams, prescription medications, and UV light phototherapy are all effective dermatology treatments for your condition. Contact West Dermatology today if you have symptoms of psoriasis.

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Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that often resembles a sunburn or an allergic reaction, as it is characterized by red swollen patches on your face. Rosacea is thought to be hereditary, autoimmune-related, or even microbial. Various subtypes of rosacea include facial redness, acne rosacea, skin thickening, and eye irritation. As with many skin conditions with no known cause, rosacea also has no known cure, although West Dermatology can help you manage your condition with a number of skin treatments.

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Scleroderma

Scleroderma is distinguished by thick, hardened scar tissue of your skin. If it becomes a more widespread, systemic problem, your internal organs are affected. There is no known cause, but genetic and environmental factors are thought to stimulate the immune system into overdrive, resulting in damaged tissue and blood, scarring, and more. And though no one medication is universally effective, West Dermatology offers different types of therapies, often in combination with one another, on a case-by-case basis.

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Vitiligo

This unpredictable condition causes your skin to lose pigment in patches, resulting in blotches of lighter skin in various places on your body. While this condition adversely impacts people of any age, it’s much more noticeable on darker skin. If you’re part of the two percent of Americans who have this pigmentation issue, you should contact West Dermatology at once. Although not life-threatening, vitiligo can severely affect your self-esteem, and we offer various ways to manage your particular case.

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Warts

Warts are small, contagious bumps that commonly develop on your face, hands, feet, and back. They are usually flesh-toned and have a rough, grainy texture. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are effectively treated with at-home therapies or advanced skin treatments from West Dermatology.

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Is It a Medical Condition?

If your skin is irritated, inflamed, or itchy, or is suffering in some other way, contact West Dermatology today. Our specialists can help you determine whether the condition is a medical one, and what the best course of treatment maybe.

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