Noticing a rash on your skin, though often an alarming experience, is not always cause for concern. However, a rash can be the sign of an underlying condition or allergy. Learning the signs of a reaction and when a rash could require the help of your dermatologist is important to finding and treating issues early. Find out more about spotting the cause of your rash with Dr. Michael Goldaber, Dr. Elaine Kaye, and Dr. David Aghassi at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA.
What causes rashes?
A rash comes from various causes and is simply an inflammation of the skin, not a diagnosis itself. Rashes can be mild or severe and occur anywhere on the body. Some of the most common causes for rashes include:
- Eczema: Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, often occurs in children and produces a red, irritated, and often weeping rash. Eczema often appears on the elbows, knees, cheeks, neck, and wrists.
- Hives: Hives are the product of an allergic reaction and appear as red welts on the skin.
- Poison Ivy: Poison ivy is a plant that causes a red, itchy rash with skin it comes into contact with.
- Contact Dermatitis: This type of rash comes from coming into contact with an allergen that produces a reaction.
- Heat Rash: Heat rash comes from the sweat glands becoming obstructed, especially in hot and/or humid weather. It appears as red dots on the skin.
When should I see my dermatologist about my rash?
If you experience a rash, more of then than not, it will resolve itself within a few days and go away without medical intervention. However, if you have a rash which spans your entire body or is accompanied by a fever, or the rash appears suddenly and spreads rapidly, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. You should also see your doctor if the rash becomes painful, begins to blister, or becomes infected. In severe situations, seek immediate medical attention at an emergency facility.
Rash Treatments in Wellesley Hills, MA
For more information on rashes and their treatments, please contact Dr. Michael Goldaber, Dr. Elaine Kaye, and Dr. David Aghassi at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA. Call (781) 237-3500 to schedule your appointment with your Wellesley Hills dermatologist today!
The health of your skin is important. Find out when an exam is necessary.
A lot of people don’t think about visiting a dermatologist let alone have one; however, skin problems can arise more often than you might realize and when it does it’s important that you have a dermatologist in Wellesley Hills, MA that can provide you with care when you require it. Our dermatologists Dr. Michael Goldaber, Dr. Elaine Kaye and Dr. David Aghassi are here to tell you when it might be time to schedule an appointment.
A good rule of thumb is to visit your Wellesley Hills, MA, skin doctor once a year for a full skin examination. Since skin cancer is so prevalent it’s important that everyone comes in annually for these professional examinations. After all, while you should be performing monthly self-examinations on your skin, most people don’t do a thorough job or don’t even perform these exams as often as they should.
If you are at an increased risk for skin cancer or if you’ve have skin cancer in the past then we may recommend that you come in more regularly for these exams.
However, skin cancer and routine skin examinations are not the only reasons you may want to visit a dermatologist. After all, a dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin problems. Whether you are dealing with psoriasis, hair loss, allergies, acne or dermatitis, we offer many treatment options and individualized plans to address any issues you might have while also reducing the severity or frequency of your symptoms.
Making routine visits to the dermatologist is a good idea for everyone, no matter how healthy your skin might be. In fact, during these routine visits we can also provide you with advice and recommendations for everything from what products to use to what cosmetic procedures could reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Remember that we can help you achieve the beautiful, healthy skin you deserve.
If you are dealing with skin problems or if you have questions about the dermatological services we offer in Wellesley Hills, MA, don’t hesitate to call Newton Wellesley Dermatology Association.
Moles are normally harmless, but in rare cases they can become a dermatological and medical concern. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that over 160,000 Americans are diagnosed with a melanoma each year., and one-third start as existing moles. Find out why you should schedule time for a mole screening at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA.
What Is a Mole?
A skin mole is a small dark red, brown, or black mark on the skin that is often circular in shape, but can also be slightly irregular. Sometimes a mole is raised above skin-level and sometimes it is flush with the rest of the skin. Some people are born with moles while others develop them in childhood or adulthood. Moles can appear anywhere on the body.
A mole screening is simply an appointment with your dermatologist to check out the moles and other marks on your body. These are some of the things your Wellesley Hills, MA dermatologist will be looking for at the screening appointment:
- Changes in the border of the mole (uneven or jagged)
- A mole that is growing in size or is larger than the eraser on a pencil.
- A mole that is changing in color or has multiple shades.
- New moles that suddenly appear on the skin.
- Redness, irritation or bleeding from the mole.
Treatments for Moles
If a mole is benign, your dermatologist will likely recommend that you leave it as it is. Avoid picking at it or trying to remove a mole yourself at home. If you want a mole removed for cosmetic reasons, always go to your dermatologist for the procedure. A mole that is diagnosed with cancerous cells after a biopsy will be removed surgically and treated with radiation therapy if necessary. It's important to have regular mole and skin screenings so that this issue can be caught in the earliest stages.
Play It Safe
If you have concerns that a mole may be changing or causing you discomfort, see a dermatologist at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Association in Wellesley Hills, MA. Call (781) 237-3500 today to schedule an appointment.
Acne frustrates millions of Americans of all ages--teens, in particular, but also, an increasing number of women in their thirties, forties and fifties, says the American Academy of Dermatology. Just what is acne, and what treatment options does your dermatologist at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates offer? Well, there are many, and you can count on Dr. David Aghassi, Dr. Elaine Kaye and Dr. Michael Goldaber to precisely diagnose and treat your acne in Wellesley Hills, MA so that you can experience your best possible skin.
The details on acne
Numerous hair follicles and their associated oil glands cover the surface of our bodies--not just our scalps. When these follicles clog with excess oil (sebum), acne lesions result in the form of:
- Whiteheads and blackheads (comedones)
- Red pustules
Predominant on the face, neck, shoulders and chest, acne is unsightly, sore and when persistent, can lead to anxiety and depression. This additional stress tends to escalate break-outs as does increased levels of testosterone during the teen years and during hormonal fluctuations associated with menstruation.
Treatments for acne
Your dermatologist will examine your skin and talk to you about your symptoms and flare-ups before composing an individualized treatment plan. Your plan may include simple home care, over the counter treatments, prescription medications, in-office treatments or some combination of therapies.
Common acne treatments are:
- Benzoyl peroxide applied topically to clear follicles and pores of oil and dead skin cells
- Oral or topical antibiotics for infected areas
- Vitamin A (Tretinoin)
- Hormone therapy (birth control pills for women)
- Extraction with a small, hand-held instrument (done by your dermatologist in the office)
While acne can be very stubborn, you and your doctor can control it and avoid or minimize scarring. Prevention of symptoms starts at home with:
- Daily cleansing of affected areas and after gym workouts
- Conscientious application of topical medications as directed
- Avoiding touching the lesions as much as possible
- Never squeezing or scrubbing lesions as this causes infection and irritation
What's your skin goal?
The friendly and highly skilled team at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates are very experienced in the control of acne. They'll help you reach your goal. For an appointment, call our office today at (781) 237-3500.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among adults in the U.S. In fact, approximately one in five adult Americans will develop skin cancer. Taking precautions when in the sun and watching for changes in your skin can help you prevent skin cancer or detect it early if it does develop. Early detection is important for improving your odds of successful treatment. At Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, Dr. Michael Goldaber, Dr. Elaine Kaye and Dr. David Aghassi are your doctors for treatment of skin cancer in Wellesley Hills, MA.
Types of Skin Cancer
The two most common types of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Both can develop after years of sun exposure and sun-damage. While the least common type of cancer, melanoma is the most lethal and is responsible for more skin cancer related deaths than any other type of skin cancer in the U.S. Melanoma can develop after extensive exposure to ultraviolet rays via tanning in the sun or a tanning bed.
Early detection of any of these types of skin cancer increases the odds of beating the cancer. Regularly checking your skin for changes, such as the development of new moles or changes in the shape or color of existing ones, helps with early detection. If you do notice any changes, be sure to see a dermatologist right away. The dermatologist can perform a biopsy to determine if cancer is present and recommend the appropriate course of treatment if it is.
Skin Cancer Treatments
The treatment methods used will depend on the type of skin cancer you have, as well as whether the cancer is in the early or late stages of development. For treatment of skin cancer in Wellesley Hills the dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates will diagnose the specific type of skin cancer you have and assess your situation. Skin cancer treatment can include any of the following methods:
- Curettage and desiccation, which involves scraping out the tumor and applying an electric current to kill off any lingering cancer cells.
- Surgical excision in which the tumor is surgically removed from the skin.
- Radiation therapy, in which radiation directly at the affected area to kill cancer skills.
- Cryosurgery, in which the tumor is frozen off using liquid nitrogen.
- Mohs micrographic surgery, which involves mapping of the affected skin tissue to minimize removal of healthy skin tissue.
- Prescription medicated creams, which are topically applied to the skin and help stimulate the body’s immune system to target cancer cells.
Early detection of skin cancer gives you the best chance of successfully eliminating the cancer before it spreads and leads to other health problems. There are a variety of treatments for skin cancer in Wellesley Hills, CA. If you notice any unusual changes in your skin, such as new spots or changes in the shape of existing moles, contact Dr. Goldaber, Dr. Kaye or Dr. Aghassi by calling Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates at (781) 237-3500.
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