Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, itchy skin condition that is very common in children but may occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis usually occurs in people who have an ‘atopic tendency’. This means they may develop any or all of three closely linked conditions; atopic dermatitis, asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Often these conditions run within families with a parent, child or sibling also affected. A family history of asthma, eczema or hay fever is particularly useful in diagnosing atopic dermatitis in infants.
Atopic dermatitis arises because of a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors. These include defects in skin barrier function making the skin more susceptible to irritation by soap and other contact irritants, the weather, temperature and non-specific triggers. Eczema may lessen over time in children but sensitive skin persists life-long.
Dr. Enns is a board-certified Pediatric Dermatologist and sees a large amount of children with eczema. We recommend the following for sensitive skin:
- Use warm water and gentle cleansers such as vanicream to wash.
- After the shower or bath, pat dry or leave the skin wet. While still damp, apply a lot of moisturizer, preferably Vaseline (petrolatum, Vanicream or Cerave). Thick moisturizers without fragrance in a tub instead of a bottle are best. It is best to then wear long sleeved cotton clothing to “seal” the moisture in your skin.
- Reapply moisturizer often.
- Use free and clear detergents and fabric softeners. This makes a big difference in sensitive skin.
- See your Dermatologist for prescriptions needed to reduce the inflammation in the skin.
Since acne affects about 90% of people sometime during their lives, we offer a variety of options to help prevent and treat acne. These options may be used alone or in combination to minimize the agony of acne. Acne is not always easy to treat! A variety of treatment options are available depending on your acne severity and type. We also offer laser therapy and chemical peels for the treatment of scarring and discoloration.
DGA offers a variety of traditional & novel treatments for warts. Warts are caused by human papillomavirus, and are often difficult to eradicate! It is best to see your Dermatologist to determine the right treatment for you. Warts often require a series of treatments and no particular treatment has proven to be universally effective.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 58 million people have scaling, crusty, red growths on the skin referred to as actinic keratosis (AK). Since AKs may progress into skin cancer and we specialize in the treatment of skin cancer, we take AKs very seriously. We spot treat individual AK(s) with liquid nitrogen most commonly. We also have the ability to treat an area with numerous AKs with in office treatments as well as creams that you apply in the comfort of your own home.
Moles are very common. Most people have 10 to 40 moles on their skin. Our Dermatologists and the American Academy of Dermatology advise everyone to perform regular self-skin exams. If one of your moles is changing, growing, itching, bleeding, or just looks different from your other moles then please make an appointment to have that mole evaluated. We have a large population of patients who require regular screening of their moles.
Psoriasis is a very common condition with scaling red plaques on the skin. Psoriasis, however, may involve more than just the skin. Some people with psoriasis have other problems, including arthritis. Psoriasis patients have an expanding armament of treatment options, and thankfully psoriasis can be managed well in our current day and age. It is very important to seek medical care for your psoriasis.
Rosacea is a facial condition often misdiagnosed for acne. We offer medical, cosmetic, corrective skin care and laser for the treatment for rosacea. This is a chronic condition but can usually be managed with proper skin care and sun protection measures.