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By Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery
January 19, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions

Helping You Deal With Your Psoriasis Symptoms.

If you suffer from recurring episodes of itchy skin that reddens and becomes flaky or inflamed, it may be time to consult with your doctor as you may be dealing with psoriasis. But whatever the cause, for any and all skin concerns you can rely on your Batavia, IL, dermatologist Dr. Sharon Horton, of Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery, who can help you determine the source of your problem, and most important of all, help you manage the symptoms. Reach out to the office for more in-depth information about psoriasis and to learn more about your own individual condition.

Types, Triggers, and Treatment

Although many of its symptoms can resemble a rash, psoriasis is in fact a condition in which the body's immune system attacks healthy skin cells. Creating as result patches of skin that are itchy and scaly.

Symptoms vary by severity and the type of psoriasis you suffer from. From a few spots on elbows, knees, and scalp, to large patches of it.

The types of psoriasis are the following:
- Plaque Psoriasis
- Guttate Psoriasis
- Pustular Psoriasis
- Inverse Psoriasis
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is the most common among psoriasis sufferers, affecting about 80%.

Flareups are often brought on by certain triggers, so avoiding them, as much as possible, is a great first step toward combating the symptoms.

Stress is often a trigger, but so is alcohol and injuries, among others. The latter can be unavoidable at times but reducing your consumption of alcohol and keeping your stress levels are achievable goals.

Psoriasis Treatment in Batavia, IL

There is, unfortunately, no cure for psoriasis, just as with other autoimmune conditions, but your dermatologist is equipped with the means to help you manage the symptoms. A variety of medications can be prescribed to help you deal with the condition, but the treatment will ultimately depend on a diagnosis, which can only take place after you make an appointment. Don't delay, call Dr. Horton of Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery in Batavia, IL, by dialing 630-482-3700.

By Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery
January 11, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Molluscum ContagiosumMolluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that most commonly affects children under 10 years old, that causes hard, raised red bumps known as papules to develop on the skin. These papules usually develop in clusters on the armpits, groins, or back of the knees, but can develop just about anywhere on the body. If you suspect that your child might have molluscum contagiosum here’s what you should know,

How is molluscum contagiosum contracted?

You may be wondering how your child contracted this poxvirus. There are several ways to transmit this viral infection: skin-to-skin contact, sharing items such as towels or clothes, sexual transmission (in adults), and scratching your own lesions (this can lead to further spreading of the papules).

It can take anywhere from two weeks to six months to develop symptoms after exposure. Once a child or person has molluscum contagiosum they typically aren’t infected again in the future.

How is this condition diagnosed?

If you notice any bumps on your child that persist for days, you must consult your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. A simple dermatoscopy (a painless, non-invasive procedure that allows your dermatologist to examine a skin lesion or growth) can determine whether the papule is due to molluscum contagiosum. If MC is not suspected, your dermatologist may biopsy the bump for further evaluation.

How is molluscum contagiosum treated?

Since this is the result of a viral infection, antibiotics will not be an effective treatment option. In fact, the body simply needs time to fight the virus. Your dermatologist may just tell you to wait until the infection runs its course and clears up on its own.

If the papules are widespread and affecting your teen’s appearance and self-esteem, then you may wish to talk with a dermatologist about ways to get rid of the spots. Cryotherapy or certain creams may be recommended to treat and get rid of these spots.

If you are living with others, it’s important to avoid sharing any clothing or towels with the infected child or person. Make sure that your child does not scratch the bumps, which can lead to further spreading of the infection.

If your child is dealing with a rash, raised bumps, or any skin problems and you’re not sure what’s going on, it’s best to talk with a qualified dermatologist who can easily diagnose the issue and provide you with effective solutions for how to treat it.
By Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery
December 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts  

Warts can develop on your hands, feet, and body, and while generally harmless, they can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Though warts often go away on their own, persistent warts may require treatment to eliminate the pesky protrusions effectively.

At Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery in Batavia, IL, our dermatologists can help you find an at-home or in-office treatment for your warts. It may take up to a few months before your warts are eliminated, as treatments work to both destroy the wart and help the immune system attack the virus which caused the development of warts. While warts may re-emerge or spread, treatments can effectively eliminate existing warts.

Home treatment options

The most common at-home remedy for eliminating warts is a topical salicylic acid solution, which may be available in patch, liquid, or ointment form from your drugstore. These products generally need to be applied daily and can take several weeks to show results.

Nonprescription freezing sprays are also available over the counter for wart removal. Applied directly to the wart, it may take one or several treatments to fully destroy the wart.

Ask your dermatologist at our Batavia, IL office for product recommendations that will best suit your needs.

In-office treatments

Your dermatologist may prescribe a professional-strength salicylic acid treatment to remove the wart layer by layer. Another acid treatment is trichloroacetic acid, which is applied after your dermatologist first removes the surface layer of the wart. Weekly treatments may be necessary to fully eliminate the wart.

Freezing is another option available at our Batavia, IL office. Your dermatologist will use liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart so the tissue dies and begins to shed. While typically effective, freezing can be painful and cause blistering.

Lasers can also be used to kill the infected tissue so the wart eventually falls off. This method, however, can result in scarring and pain.

If warts are bothering you, make an appointment with your dermatologist at our Batavia, IL office by calling 630-482-3700.

By Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery
December 17, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Lichen Planus  
Lichen PlanusLichen planus is an autoimmune disorder that attacks both the skin and mucous membranes inside the mouth. This chronic condition causes flat, itchy reddish-purple bumps to develop on the skin (mostly the wrists, ankles, and forearm) and white, painful sores to develop within the mouth and sometimes the genitals. This condition cannot be spread from person to person and mild itching and other symptoms are often managed through simple home care; however, if you are dealing with severe symptoms it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.

What causes lichen planus?

Lichen planus is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person. In fact, it typically appears when the immune system starts attacking the skin or mucous membrane. Certain things can trigger it including:
  • Certain OTC pain medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Medications used for arthritis, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Viral infections
  • Certain allergens
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Certain chemicals or metals
Those with autoimmune disorders may also be more likely to develop lichen planus. The good news though is that this condition is not dangerous.

Should I see a dermatologist?

If you have developed a purple rash or bumps that resemble lichen planus it’s worth it to pay a visit to your dermatologist to find out what’s going on, especially if you notice any unusual bumps on the genitals.

To determine that you do have lichen planus, we will need to biopsy some skin cells to diagnose lichen planus and to also determine whether it’s being caused by an underlying infection or an allergen. From there, further testing may be needed.

How is lichen planus treated?

So, you found out from your dermatologist that you have lichen planus. Now what? In some cases, this condition may just go away on its own; however, it’s important to recognize that there is no cure for lichen planus but there are ways to help alleviate certain symptoms such as burning or pain. Common treatment options that your dermatologist can recommend or prescribe include,
  • Antihistamines: To help with itching
  • Corticosteroid creams: To reduce inflammation and redness
  • Oral or injectable steroids: This treatment is more effective for persistent, recurring, or more severe bumps
  • Photochemotherapy: Light therapy can be effective for treating oral lichen planus
Dealing with dark itchy bumps that have you wondering whether you could be dealing with lichen planus or another skin disorder? If so, a dermatologist will easily be able to diagnose your skin condition, usually through a simple physical exam. If you are experiencing symptoms of lichen planus, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist today.
By Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery
December 14, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mohs Surgery  

Mohs surgery is basically a surgical procedure utilized for treating skin cancer. During the procedure, thin layers of skin that contain cancer cells are removed and inspected until only healthy tissue remains. Primarily, the goal of the surgery is to eliminate as much of the cancerous tissue as possible, making sure not to damage the surrounding healthy skin.

Here at Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery in Batavia, IL, Dr. Sharon Horton regularly performs Mohs surgery with local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis.

The Purpose of Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is commonly used for treating common skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, certain melanoma types, and other unusual or rare skin cancers. It is, however, particularly beneficial for particular skin cancers that:

  • Are aggressive or huge
  • Have irregularly-shaped edges
  • Are situated in places that you need to keep as much healthy skin as possible, like in the face, genitals, feet, and hands.
  • Have recurred even after treatment or have an increased risk of recurrence

According to the American Cancer Society, this surgical treatment is a significant improvement to local excision, which is a standard skin cancer surgery procedure. Excision entails the removal of all visible cancerous skin and a portion of the surrounding skin simultaneously. It enables surgeons to confirm that every cancer-causing cell has been eliminated during the procedure. Likewise, it elevates the chance of finding a cure and minimizes the need for extra surgeries or other treatments.

The Importance of Follow-Up Checkups and Examinations

While Mohs surgery has an extremely high success rate, you’ll always have some risk of developing some sort of cancer again. According to the ACS, almost half of the individuals who have been diagnosed with common skin cancer types would develop some type of skin cancer again.

With this in mind, you should be diligent about going to regular checkups and skin cancer screenings with your dermatologist in Batavia, IL. Following your Mohs surgery, your dermatologist will schedule follow-up appointments, and the frequency of these visits will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. In general, you might need to come in for skin cancer screenings once or twice yearly, or more frequently if your cancer has a high risk of recurrence or was aggressive.

For More Details or Questions About Mohs Surgery, Contact Us

Set an appointment with Dr. Sharon Horton of Advanced Dermatology and Mohs Surgery in Batavia, IL, by dialing 630-482-3700.

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