Dermatologists treat a number of skin conditions, some of which are relatively rare. Although visiting a dermatologist in Chapel Hill at Central Dermatology Center may seem unnecessary, proper diagnosis and treatment of even common skin ailments could prevent the development of a more serious condition.
If you’re suffering from one of the conditions listed below, or you aren’t sure, please request an appointment with us, or call us at (919) 401-1994 to schedule an appointment at the Chapel Hill, Cary, or Sanford location of Central Dermatology Center.
Impetigo – A common, infectious skin condition usually seen in children, but becoming more common in adults. The bacteria often enter through a small cut or insect bite. Symptoms include itchy blisters, rash, lesions, or swollen lymph nodes near the infection. Mild infections can be treated with antibiotic creams, but oral medication is used for more advanced infections.
Ringworm – A contagious skin infection caused by fungus, not a worm. It’s common in childhood, but also affects adults. Treatment often varies, depending on the infection’s location. For example, ringworm on the scalp is treated with oral medications, while mild cases on your skin can be effectively treated with over-the-counter powders, creams, or lotions containing terbinafine or clotrimazole.
Shingles – A very painful condition caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. It’s not a life-threatening disease, but people who contract shingles may have residual pain for years. Early treatment is the best way to limit the severity of shingles. It’s important to see a physician or other medical professional within the first few days of noticing pain, numbness, or a burning sensation that’s usually focused on a small area on one side of the body.
Hyperhidrosis – Excessive sweating that occurs suddenly and isn’t caused by exertion, heat, or nerves. It’s an embarrassing condition that also might be a symptom of a more serious ailment. Several treatment options exist, depending on the severity and location or your problem.
Lichen planus – An itchy rash on the skin, including the groin, or in the mouth. A dermatologist can often diagnose lichen planus simply by looking at your skin, mouth, and nails. The condition will appear differently, depending on its location, and will often go away on its own. Sometimes medication helps treat bothersome symptoms, such as itching.
Keloids – Raised scars that sometimes extend beyond the actual injury site. There are several treatments available, including cortisone injections, excision, or freezing.
Athlete’s foot – A common fungal infection that, as its name implies, is often contracted in the wet, warm environment typical of a locker room. Simple cases are often treated with over-the-counter medications containing clotrimazole or terbinafine. More severe cases may require systemic medication and a regimen of topical soaks.