Posts for category: Skin Conditions
Dealing with a rash? Find out how to get the problem under control.
At some point during each one of our lifetimes, we are going to deal with a rash of some type. Whether localized to one area or widespread across the body, these skin irritations can be infuriatingly itchy, painful, and uncomfortable. Fortunately, if you have been dealing with a rash, you can turn to our Charleston, SC, dermatologist, Dr. Joseph Myers Jr, for treatment.
Some common rash causes include:
Ringworm is one of the most common types of rash-inducing fungal infections. Yeast infections caused by the candida fungus can also result in rashes of the mouth, groin, or vagina. Less common fungal infections may result in those with compromised immune systems (e.g. patients who have HIV).
Minor fungal infections may be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams or ointments, while more severe or persistent fungal infections should be directly treated by our Charleston, SC, skin doctor.
The most common virus to produce a rash is the herpes simplex virus, both type 1 and type 2. Type 1 usually causes cold sores of the lips and nose, while type 2 leads to sores on the genitals. Those with an HSV flare-up may develop a tender rash on the palms. Chickenpox and shingles (caused by the herpes zoster virus) also result in itching, burning, and painful rashes.
Epstein-Barr virus, best known as mononucleosis or “mono” can also lead to a mild rash that appears within a few days of being infected. If you develop a rash along with a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and a fever you should see a doctor right away.
Parasites that cause a rash include lice and scabies, both of which can be passed from person to person. Lice most commonly affect the scalp, while scabies can cause an itchy, pimple-like rash that usually appears on the armpits, wrists, elbows, beltline, and buttocks.
There are also noninfectious rashes caused by drugs, eczema (e.g. atopic dermatitis), allergic dermatitis, autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus), and food allergies.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you are dealing with a painful or worsening rash, the friendly professionals at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, are here to help. Call our office today at (843) 769-2100 and let us know how we can help you.
Know how to spot the early signs of skin cancer.
While we know that finding out that you have skin cancer can be rather scary, it’s comforting to know that skin cancer is actually relatively easy to spot because it’s often someplace where you can see it; however, skin cancer can develop anywhere, even areas that get little sun exposure. This is why it’s important to perform regular skin exams, so when a problem does arise you can turn to our Charleston, SC, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr. right away.
Here’s what to lookout for:
- Moles that change shape, size, or color
- Moles or any new growths that suddenly appear
- A sore that doesn’t heal
- A brown or black mark under a nail
- A growth that itches, bleeds, or scabs over
While melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, when detected early it can be treated. If you are dealing with any changes in your skin it’s important to play it safe and visit your Charleston, SC, skin doctor. And even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms or changes in your skin it’s important to see your dermatologist once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening.
It’s important to know that even if you have skin cancer you may still feel completely fine. Not everyone with cancer feels ill. Sometimes the only tip-off that someone has skin cancer is a suspicious mole or growth.
What are the risk factors for skin cancer?
There are several factors that can increase your risk for developing melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. These factors include:
- A family history of skin cancer
- Fair skin and light features (e.g. blonde hair; blue eyes)
- Having had a sunburn in the past
- Having a large number of moles
- UV exposure
- Radiation exposure
- Psoriasis treatment
If you have a family history of skin cancer it’s particularly important that you see a dermatologist every year and that you continue to examine your own skin once a month so that you are able to detect problems sooner.
When was the last time you got a full-body skin cancer screening? If you’ve never had one or if it’s been more than a year then it’s time to call Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, to schedule your next preventive skincare checkups. It could just end up saving your life.