Dealing with a Web of Trouble on the Face: Dermatologist Joshua Fox Explains Causes, Describes Treatment for Spider Veins

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Spider veins are caused by several factors including aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, sun damage and Rosacea. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments that your dermatologist can perform to remove these facial veins and improve your appearance.

 

Roslyn, New York (PRWEB) July 22, 2010 — Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Fox addresses causes and treatment for spider veins on the face this summer. Among the many skin changes people notice as they age, one of the most disturbing may be the fine, red lines they begin to see on their noses, chins or cheeks, often by the time they reach age 30. These broken blood vessels or capillaries, also known as spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny vessels that are visible just beneath the skin’s surface. While not painful, they are often disconcerting since they can create large, unsightly red areas on the face. Sometimes people with these prominent veins are mistaken for alcohol abusers.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, slightly more than half of American women and up to 45 percent of men suffer from some form of a vein problem, accounting for millions of Americans. “Spider veins are caused by several factors,” says leading dermatologist Joshua L. Fox, M.D. “These include aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, sun damage and Rosacea. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments that your dermatologist can perform to remove these facial veins and improve your appearance.

 

“The first way to avoid spider veins on your face is to try to make sure you don’t get them in the first place,” says Dr. Fox, founder of Advanced Dermatology PC and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. He explains that while some such veins are promoted by genetics or hormones, “the main way to keep spider veins from appearing on your face is through constant and consistent protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Excess sun exposure over many years has numerous negative effects on the skin, including the development of tiny red lines or spider veins,” Dr. Fox says.

 

“Any time your skin is going to be exposed to the sun, you should liberally apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection. “Regardless of the weather or time of year, protection from the sun is critical to your health and appearance and is important to protect delicate skin not only from unsightly spider veins but also from deadly cancers.

 

If spider veins are bothersome, Dr. Fox says, they can be treated in your dermatologist’s office. “Laser therapy is the preferred means of removing spider veins on the face and has been the gold standard for the past 20 years. The veins selectively absorb the laser’s wavelengths of light; this light destroys the blood vessels and restores the skin’s natural appearance. Laser treatment is quick, safe and the results are immediate.”

 

According to Dr. Fox, smaller veins on the face typically require only a single laser treatment that lasts about 10-15 minutes. Some people may choose to have a topical anesthetic or ice applied to the area being treated to reduce possible discomfort. Side effects are few and include temporary discoloration of the site, blistering, crusting, redness or occasional bruising. A key benefit is that laser treatment targets only the broken blood vessels and not the surrounding skin.

 

“Most people are quite pleased with their appearance following laser treatment,” Dr. Fox says. “In fact, there are multiple lasers to treat spider veins and there is an 80 – 90 % chance for a greatly improved appearance with laser treatment. However, Dr. Fox warns even after treatment new ones can and may appear.

 

Dr. Fox offers some questions to consider when thinking about spider veins on the face:

 

1.    Does the redness cause me to feel embarrassed about the way I look?

 

2.    Do I have spider veins or is the redness caused by another condition, such as Rosacea, melanoma or something else?

 

3.    Do people ever ask you if you drink a lot? They may think that your face is red because you are drunk.

 

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, or if you simply have a concern about some change to the skin on your face, Dr. Fox recommends scheduling a visit with your Board-certified dermatologist, who knows your health history and can recommend the best ways to care for your skin and treat your specific conditions.

DEALING WITH A WEB OF TROUBLE ON YOUR FACE.

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BEAUTY: SPIDER VEINS: DEALING WITH A WEB OF TROUBLE ON YOUR FACE. Dr. Joshua Fox, leading dermatologist in the New York area, and founder and president of New Age Research Foundation: “Among the many skin changes people notice as they age, one of the most disturbing may be the fine, red lines they begin to see on their noses, chins or cheeks, often by the time they reach age 30. These broken blood vessels or capillaries, also known as spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny vessels that are visible just beneath the skin’s surface. While not painful, they are often disconcerting since they can create large, unsightly red areas on the face. Sometimes people with these prominent veins are mistaken for alcohol abusers. Spider veins are caused by several factors, including aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth-control pills, estrogen-replacement therapy, sun damage and rosacea. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments that your dermatologist can perform to remove these facial veins and improve your appearance.”

CREATING SANDAL-READY FEET FOR SUMMER

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Leading Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Fox on Removing Unsightly, Painful Corns and Calluses 

Sarah Brown, wife of U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, made headlines recently when she removed her shoes at a Hindu temple, displaying the corns and calluses on her feet. She joined celebrities including Katie Holmes, Amanda Bynes and Rihanna, who are known for having less-than-perfect-feet.

In fact, nearly 10 percent of American women and five percent of the population as a whole suffer from unsightly, often painful corns and calluses that make their feet best suited for boots and other winter shoe styles. But according to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Fox, “by taking care of these problems now, woman and men can enjoy the summer in sandals or their bare feet.”

“Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure on the feet, either from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or from conditions such as arthritis, trauma, bunions or various deformities,” says Dr. Fox, founder of Advanced Dermatology and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology.

“While most corns and calluses are unsightly, only some cause pain. If you are in good health, you don’t have to see a professional for corns and calluses unless they hurt or bother your walking. But, if you don’t like the way your feet look, if you are having pain or if you have certain medical conditions including diabetes, poor circulation or numbness in the feet, it’s important that you see a doctor or podiatrist who can evaluate the problem and help you remove the corns and calluses.”

According to Harry Baldinger, M.D., an esteemed podiatrist in Monsey, N.Y., “Most people do not get calluses or corns. People do get them when there is extra friction at some point during the gait cycle. Sometimes the cause is the structure of the foot which could be adjusted with devices, biomechanical and padding devices.” “Sometimes, surgical intervention is needed if the foot structure is out of the ‘normal’ range. Usually, this type of surgery is NOT cosmetic in nature but rather to make the foot fit the shoe,” adds Dr. Baldinger.

Dr. Fox explains that the yellow or gray, thick, hardened, dead skin on the feet known as calluses and corns form to protect the skin from pressure, friction and injury. While both calluses and corns are less sensitive to the touch than surrounding skin and may feel bumpy, the two are different. Both calluses and hard corns are hard, dry and thick, while a soft corn looks like an open sore. Corns that are neglected can turn into sores which may become infected. Both corns and calluses are diagnosed during a physical exam; your doctor may want to x-ray the foot if he or she suspects a problem with the underlying bone which can be treated by a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon.

“The best way to remove a corn or callus is to prevent it from forming in the first place,” says Dr. Fox, who offers several at-home suggestions to prevent corns and calluses from forming. “Wear shoes that fit well and give your toes plenty of room,” he says. “Wear protective coverings such as felt pads, lambs wool, cotton balls or bandages over the parts of your feet that rub against your shoes. If that doesn’t work and you’ve developed a corn or callus, you can try an at-home treatment,” he adds.

If you start to feel pain, Dr. Fox says, the first thing to do is to remove the pressure or friction that is causing the problem, giving it time to heal. This is done by wearing shoes that fit properly and using protective padding, which can be purchased at a drug store, to cushion the callus or corn. Podiatrists can make a specialized shoe for your foot to remove pressure. “Don’t use liquid corn removers containing salicylic acid,” he says. “This can irritate healthy skin and promote infection. Soaking your feet in warm, soapy water can soften corns and calluses, making it easier to remove the thickened skin.”

Dr. Fox also recommends rubbing corns and calluses with a pumice stone or washcloth during or after bathing to help remove a layer of thickened skin, and following that with moisturizer. “Never cut or shave calluses or corns yourself, as this could cause infection.”

Dr. Baldinger advises, “An evaluation by a professional is a worthwhile investment for the future in any case. Until a patient can get to their doctor (dermatologist/podiatrist is best), a useful over-the-counter product that works to remove the hardened skin and soften the underlying skin is KERASAL’s One-Step Exfoliating and Moisturizing Ointment ™, which is available in most pharmacies or doctor’s offices (KerasalPro Ointment)”.

For stubborn, painful corns and calluses or those that you feel are particularly unsightly, see your podiatrist or dermatologist, who can evaluate the problem and remove the dead skin safely, Dr. Fox says. “It’s important to call your doctor if you cut a corn or callus, which could cause infection; if it oozes pus or clear fluid, both of which mean it is infected; or if you develop a corn or callus and you suffer from diabetes, heart disease or other circulatory problems.” During an office visit, he says, your doctor may trim the thickened skin with a scalpel, apply a patch containing salicylic acid and may recommend applying an antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of infection. In severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the alignment of the bones in your feet that are causing the problem.

ENJOYING THE SUMMER DESPITE CORNS AND CALLUSES.

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HEALTH: ENJOYING THE SUMMER DESPITE CORNS AND CALLUSES. Dr. Joshua Fox, leading dermatologist in the New York area, and founder and president of New Age Research Foundation: “Nearly 10 percent of American women and 5 percent of the population as a whole suffer from unsightly, often painful corns and calluses that make their feet best suited for boots and other winter shoe styles. But by taking care of these problems now, women and men can enjoy the summer in sandals or their bare feet. Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure on the feet, either from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or from conditions such as arthritis, trauma, bunions or various deformities. While most corns and calluses are unsightly, only some cause pain. If you are in good health, you don’t have to see a professional for corns and calluses unless they hurt or bother your walking. But if you don’t like the way your feet look, are having pain or have certain medical conditions — including diabetes, poor circulation or numbness in the feet — it’s important that you see a doctor or podiatrist who can evaluate the problem and help you remove the corns and calluses.”

ENJOYING THE SUMMER DESPITE CORNS AND CALLUSES

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HEALTH: ENJOYING THE SUMMER DESPITE CORNS AND CALLUSES. Dr. Joshua Fox, leading dermatologist in the New York area, and founder and president of New Age Research Foundation: “Nearly 10 percent of American women and 5 percent of the population as a whole suffer from unsightly, often painful corns and calluses that make their feet best suited for boots and other winter shoe styles. But by taking care of these problems now, women and men can enjoy the summer in sandals or their bare feet. Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure on the feet, either from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or from conditions such as arthritis, trauma, bunions or various deformities. While most corns and calluses are unsightly, only some cause pain. If you are in good health, you don’t have to see a professional for corns and calluses unless they hurt or bother your walking. But if you don’t like the way your feet look, are having pain or have certain medical conditions — including diabetes, poor circulation or numbness in the feet — it’s important that you see a doctor or podiatrist who can evaluate the problem and help you remove the corns and calluses.”