Tips for helping your child deal with psoriasis

Most toddlers and kids deal with skin irritations such as diaper rash and eczema, however children can also have various forms of psoriasis. Psoriasis can be a difficult skin condition to manage for children as well as adults. Although it is not infectious or contagious, it can cause significant skin inflammation and discomfort. Psoriasis causes itchy patches of red, scaly skin that can feel uncomfortable. Following are 4 tips for helping your child deal with his or her psoriasis:

1. Speak with a professional
It is important to consult with a dermatologist if you are concerned that your child might have psoriasis. Since skin irritations are typical in children, psoriasis may be mistaken for another skin condition and vice versa. If you are looking for a New York dermatologist or a New Jersey dermatologist, Advanced Dermatology offers expert skin assessments for patients in the NY and NJ areas. Once a proper diagnosis is made, treatment for psoriasis can begin to help your child manage his or her psoriasis as best as possible.

2. Home remedies
If your child is experiencing mild psoriasis then it is possible that his or her dermatologist may prescribe a topical ointment to treat the condition. However, there are certain home remedies you can try in an attempt to alleviate or prevent the symptoms. For example, adding natural oil to your child’s bathwater may help moisturize the skin and reduce inflammation. Your doctor may also recommended using a good moisturizer on the skin after a bath or shower in order to help treat or prevent symptoms.

3. Light therapy
In some cases where the psoriasis is diagnosed as severe, it may be recommended to treat it using light therapy. It is possible that the doctor recommends using natural sun light in brief, small doses. However, beware that too much sunlight or sunburn can make psoriasis worse so it is important to wear sunscreen and keep exposure to sunlight to a limited basis. In addition, your dermatologist may suggest artificial ultraviolet (UV) light sessions as a potential treatment for severe psoriasis.

4. Healthy food, healthy skin
Another way to help your child manage psoriasis is to make sure to serve healthy food at home. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help your child avoid certain illnesses that can trigger psoriasis. In addition, a balanced diet will help your child remain at a healthy weight, which lowers the risk of inverse psoriasis.

5. Emotional support
Psoriasis can cause children to have low self-esteem or emotional difficulties. It can make them feel alienated amongst their peers at school and in social situations. Giving your child emotional support can be a crucial aspect of the success of his or her treatment. Furthermore, your child might gain a lot from speaking with a therapist or joining a support group. This would allow him or her to share and express the challenges of managing psoriasis in a supportive environment.

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Reports High Interest in Cosmetic Treatments

Thinking of getting rid of that hard-to-treat fatty area or improving the appearance of your skin? You are among a majority. According to a recent survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), interest in cosmetic procedures has skyrocketed in the last four years. Almost 70% of the respondents to the survey said they would consider a cosmetic treatment. The four most popular procedures are body sculpting, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction, skin resurfacing, and laser hair removal.

At Advanced Dermatology in New York and New Jersey, we offer a range of treatments to improve your skin and body. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

Cooling Caps Used to Prevent Hair Loss in Cancer Patients

Hair loss (alopecia) as a result of chemotherapy happens to two thirds of cancer patients. Cooling caps that are machine-based have recently been FDA approved for all cancers patients, in addition to those suffering with breast cancer for which the cooling cap has already been approved. Manual cooling caps have been around for years.

Cooling caps work by cooling the scalp before, during, and after chemotherapy sessions. The cooling cap provides constant cool air circulation with near-freezing temperatures. This causes the blood vessels in the scalp to constrict and tighten up which thereby reduces the amount of toxic chemotherapy drugs reaching the hair follicle cells. The cold temperature reduced hair follicle cell activity, which causes the chemotherapy to target fast dividing cancer cells. This reduces hair loss from the scalp.

There are some side effects to consider when deciding to use a cooling cap. Some adverse effects are chills, cold-induced headaches, shoulder pain and discomfort, neck pain and discomfort, and pain that is associated with wearing a cooling cap for extended amounts of time. Success rates and results vary depending on the type of drug used in the chemotherapy, the dosage, and the individual’s amount of hair on the head. Thicker scalp hair allows for more insulation, thereby not allowing the scalp to reach a cooler temperature.

Sometimes, paradoxically, there are areas with more hair loss as a result of the cooling cap not being tightly fitted and therefore has less contact with the scalp. There are cancer doctors, also known as oncologists, who have expressed their concern with the cooling cap that the chemotherapy will not reach any stray cancer cells that may be lingering somewhere in the scalp, although there have been only a few reports of scalp cancer.

The FDA approved the cooling system in July of 2017. There was a study that showed roughly 50% of female cancer patients feel that the worst aspect of chemotherapy is the hair loss aspect. Even 8% of female patients would avoid the chemotherapy treatment due to the fear of hair loss. This new advance lessens the hair loss and reduces making the terrible side effect of chemotherapy that much more tolerable and possibly increasing patient compliance with the medication.

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5 skin care myths and why they are false

In today’s climate of internet misinformation, it can be increasingly difficult to navigate between fact and fiction. When it comes to our health care, the consequences of relying on wrong information can be both far-reaching and potentially damaging to our bodies. Or it may simply be a time and money waster. Skin care is no exception, and there’s no shortage of anecdotal stories, celebrity endorsements, or marketing gimmicks that perpetuate these myths across our own industry. At Advanced Dermatology, our top doctors strive to bring the most accurate information to our patients. Read on for our break down of some prevailing myths about skin care.

Myth #1: Acne is caused by junk food

While the saying that “you are what you eat” certainly is true, it’s actually an oversimplification when it comes to acne. Acne is primarily about genetics, and tends to be caused more from overactive sebaceous glands, sweating, dead skin cells, and dirt. These factors clog your pores and the area around your hair follicles, and usually lead to inflammation and swelling. There is very little evidence that acne is caused by what we eat. Those extra orders of wings and fries will certainly cause health problems, but it won’t be acne that you need to worry about.

Myth #2: SPF 45 Sunscreen is a huge upgrade to SPF 30

The prevailing myth is that the SPF number refers to the degree of strength in relation to other SPF numbers. So, SPF 30 would be twice as strong as SPF 15, while SPF 45 would be three times stronger. This is not how the SPF rating works, however. In terms of strength, SPF 15 gives you about 93% protection, while SPF 30 is 97% and SPF 45 is 98%. It’s up to you to work out the cost/benefit analysis of whether the jump from 30 to 45 is worth it, but try to find products that are labelled broad spectrum.

Myth #3: “Natural” products are better for your skin

This is a big one, and goes not just for skin care products. There’s a common belief in society that natural is good, and chemical is bad. It’s true that natural products like aloe vera are good for your skin and parabens are bad. However, that doesn’t take into account that everything is technically a chemical. Zinc oxide, salicylic acid, and retinol are all chemicals that have beneficial effects on your skin, while naturally occurring ingredients that may be healthy, like citrus juices, can wreak havoc on your skin. The take-away? Don’t let the natural or chemical labels fool you.

Myth #4: Frequent exfoliation results in healthier skin

There’s a lot of disagreement over this. Some exfoliation is good, but stop and think about what you’re doing for a moment. You’re using an abrasive substance to scrape off the top layers of your skin. If you exfoliate too often, you can end up irritating your skin, increasing the production of sebum (the oil in your skin). This can lead to acne, greasier hair, and possibly scarring. Talk to your dermatologist about what’s right for your skin type.

Myth #5: You don’t need sunscreen if you’re in the shade

While direct sunlight is certainly worse for your skin than being in the shade or indoors, the truth is that UV radiation is not just limited to the direct rays. Actually, UV rays can reach your skin, even on a cloudy day. Wear sunscreen daily and, in sunnier weather, try to apply at least SPF 30 on your skin to avoid damage.

Learn More About Skin Care at Advanced Dermatology

If you have a concern about your skin, it’s important to speak with a qualified dermatologist to determine what procedures are best for you. At Advanced Dermatology, we begin with an in-depth consultation to design a personalized treatment plan for your skin.

Advanced Dermatology has been serving the New York and New Jersey communities for almost 40 years. We offer a range of procedures for all types of skin and our doctors are some of the most experienced dermatologists in the metropolitan area. Our goal is to provide our patients with the best possible treatments their skin, using the most up-to-date technologies and techniques. Call one of our offices today in order to schedule an appointment.

Angiomas: Red Flag or Benign Skin Growth?

The dreaded C word: cancer. Many of us have been touched by this condition, whether personally or through someone that we’ve known over the years. What most people aren’t aware of, however, is that tumors form in our body on a regular basis. Unlike malignant tumors that metastasize, or spread, and start to cause an out-of-control chain reaction in other parts of our body, benign tumors are relatively harmless.

One particular type that is associated with skin care is known as an angioma. Whereas melanoma affects the skin cells directly, angiomas are benign tumors that affect tissue just below the surface of the skin. The result is usually a raised and reddish growth that can often be mistaken for skin problems.

Cherry Angiomas

The most common form of angioma is known as cherry angioma, or a red mole. These benign growths are actually an outgrowth of vascular cells originating just below the skin. While research continues into what actually causes them, there’s a heavy genetic component. The good news is that they’re relatively harmless, and the biggest side effect is typically cosmetic in nature. One thing to note is that, given that they’re a cluster of tiny capillaries, they are known to bleed very easily when scraped or pierced.

Other angiomas, such as bacterial angiomas, are significantly lower in number. Typically, they can form anywhere on the body, and increase in probability as we age.

Treatment

Generally speaking, due to the harmless nature of this condition, you don’t need to worry about them. However, if you do decide to have one removed, you have several different options.

  • cryosurgery (freezing of the tissue)
  • electrocauterization (an electrical shock is sent into the tissue to kill it)
  • laser surgery (light pulses are used to sear the structure)
  • excision (the angioma is physically removed from the skin)

Recovery time is typically minimal. However, if you opt for the excision, you need to give the skin time to heal over.

When to see a Dermatologist

In most cases, cherry angiomas are harmless. If yours starts to bleed regularly, change color and/shape, this may be a sign that a deeper problem is starting to take hold. In some cases, it could signify a deeper underlying problem. It could also mean nothing, but should make an appointment with a dermatologist.

At Advanced Dermatology, our dermatologists are some of the most experienced medical practitioners in the industry, and have been treating conditions like angiomas in the New York and New Jersey area for over three decades. If you have any concerns over this condition, we encourage you to call us and schedule an appointment today at one of our locations in NYC, Long Island, and NYC. As industry leaders, we strive to provide our patients with the best healthcare possible, using the most up-to-date knowledge and technologies.