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Florida Dermatologist FAQ’s: What Causes Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

Florida Dermatologist FAQ’s: What Causes Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

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The reasons for the occurrence of eczema are not entirely clear. But for most forms of eczema, researchers believe that a combination of genes and a trigger causes the condition.

Individuals with eczema tend to have an over-reactive immune system that responds by creating inflammation when triggered by a substance inside or outside the body.

Research also indicates that some individuals with eczema have a mutation of the gene responsible for producing filaggrin. If there is insufficient filaggrin to create a robust skin barrier, moisture can escape, and viruses, bacteria, and more can enter. Therefore, many individuals with eczema have dry and infection-prone skin.

Suncoast Skin Solutions, led by board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski, provides safe and proven skin care treatments to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, and surrounding locations in Florida.

Eczema Triggers

For people living with eczema, working to keep the symptoms under control is vital to staying healthy and comfortable. Upon trying to identify the potential triggers, it is important to remember that an eczema outbreak can appear sometime after exposure. Due to this time lag, it can be difficult to identify triggers.

It is vital to understand that eczema impacts every person in a different manner. The triggers that affect one person may not be the same as another. The patient may experience the symptoms of eczema at specific times of the year on different body areas.

Some routine things that can trigger an eczema flare or worsen it are as follows:

Dry Skin

Skin can easily become scaly, brittle, rough or tight when it gets excessively dry. This can cause an eczema flare-up.

Irritants

There are daily-use products and even natural substances that can cause the skin the itch and burn, or become red and dry.

These are products that a person could use on their body or in their home, such as laundry detergent, hand, and dish soap, body wash, or disinfectants and surface cleaners. In fact, even some natural liquids, such as fresh juice from vegetables, fruits, or meats, can cause irritation to the skin when touched.

Common eczema irritants include the following:

  • Metals, specifically, nickel
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Household cleaners and soap
  • Fragrances
  • Certain fabrics such as polyester and wool
  • An antibacterial ointment such as bacitracin and neomycin
  • Formaldehyde, which is a component of household disinfectants, some glues, vaccines, and adhesives
  • Isothiazolinones, which is an antibacterial found in personal care items such as baby wipes
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine, which is used to thicken lotions and shampoos
  • Paraphenylene-diamine, which is used in temporary tattoos

Stress

Emotional stress is thought to be a trigger for eczema, but it is not entirely clear why. Stress appears to worsen the eczema symptoms in some people. Others may feel stressed due to their eczema, and this can cause an eczema flare-up.

Climate and Sweating

Many individuals with eczema feel itchy or experience a “prickly heat” sensation when they get too hot or sweat. This can occur when a person exercises or wears too many clothes to bed.

The skin may also get too dry during the cold winter months, causing irritation and an eczema flare-up. Air that is too dry or too humid can also contribute to an eczema flare-up. Taking long hot baths or showers can exacerbate the condition as well.

Dr. Ewanowski’s skin care clinic receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, and nearby areas in Florida for advanced and innovative skin care procedures.

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

Common Causes of Skin Rashes in Children & Adults

round rashes in childrenA skin rash can be defined as any type of skin inflammation in which the skin shows a change in texture, color, or appearance, resulting in scaly, dry, cracked, itchy, red, discolored, or bumpy skin. A rash can be extremely painful at times. It can affect a single part of the body or it may cover the body extensively. Rashes frequently appear on children. Schools and daycares warn parents and guardians about incidences of hand, foot, and mouth disease and chickenpox. Rashes may come and go in the early years of life. Rashes also affect adults.

There are numerous types of skin rashes and every rash has a cause. When a rash appears, the body is indicating something is wrong. In most cases skin rashes are not dangerous and resolve on their own. However, there are some rashes that may depict a more serious condition and require immediate evaluation and care.


Why Skin Rashes Appear: Causes

Rashes appear for different reasons, often as reactions to something in the environment. Some of the general causes of a skin rash may include:

  • Skin Reaction to Medications: Any specific medication can result in a skin rash. The reaction may be allergic or a side effect of the medication.
  • Infections: Certain infections can give birth to skin rashes. An infection can be bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitic.
  • Autoimmune Diseases: When an individual is suffering from any autoimmune disease, where his/her immune system starts attacking healthy tissues, this may cause skin rashes to surface.

The following are different causes of skin rashes that specifically explain the reason and type of their occurrence:

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis may occur when the skin comes into contact with any allergen. The irritating factor causes the skin to become itchy, scaly, reddish or raw. It may also form blisters that regularly ooze or seep. These blisters may appear crusty at times. The rash often continues for several days. Some of the common allergens may be present in skincare products, deodorant, cloth dyes, latex gloves, certain chemicals, nickel, citrus fruits, or poisonous plants including both oak and ivy.

Flea Bites

Fleas are small insects that survive on a host’s blood such as a dog, cat, or human. They are not flying insects yet can jump around from one place to another and can infest a home quickly.  Flea bites often result in a skin irritation leaving an itchy area and red bumps on the skin’s surface. They frequently appear in clusters on lower areas of your leg where the insects have the best access. If flea bites are scratched continuously, the skin may be further irritated and a bacterial infection may occur.

Ring Worm

Ringworm is a type of skin fungal infection also called dermatophytosis infection. The rash developed by this infection is similar to a ring-shaped worm and this is indicated by its name. Initially, this infection takes form of red, itchy patches on the area affected but it may gradually spread to other body parts like the scalp, nails, feet, beard, groin, etc.

Eczema

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Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a skin condition in which dry patches are formed on different parts of body, especially the forearms and hands, and they are extremely itchy. The affected area becomes cracked and rough. Mostly eczema occurs in infants and children and is usually linked with allergic rhinitis and asthma. The principal cause of the occurrence of eczema is unknown, but environmental factors and genetics have been shown to play a vital role in developing eczema. These patches may weep, ooze or take on a crusty appearance.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a common skin infection that mostly afflicts children under five years of age. It is highly contagious and develops most commonly on the legs, arms and face, specifically around the chin, nose and mouth. This infection is often triggered by insect bites, minor wounds or on a rash like eczema. However, healthy skin can also develop impetigo. Impetigo results in an irritating rash that usually produces oozing blisters, which form a yellowish crust.

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease results in bright red rashes that are round in shape. They appear on legs, arms and cheeks. It is also called slapped cheek disease. It is a viral infection that commonly attacks children with weak immune systems. The symptoms of fifth disease are similar to flu, which include fatigue, sore throat, headache, runny nose and nausea. These rashes are not contagious and may last for a few weeks.

Shingles

When an infection captures a single nerve, it can result in a shingles rash that lasts four weeks, on average. This infection occurs as a result of the reactivation of the chickenpox virus called varicella zoster, in the nerve tissue. The rashes take a form of wet blisters that are painful and itchy and leak fluid on spouting. Symptoms of shingles mainly include chills, fever, fatigue and headaches.

Measles

Measles is a disease caused by a virus rubeola that breeds in the cells that line the lungs and throat. It stands among highly contagious diseases that spread through the surroundings where the infected person sneezes or coughs. In measles, reddish brown rashes appear all over the body. Tiny reddish spots are visible in the mouth with bluish-white centers. Measles rashes last for about one week on average. The rashes caused by measles are usually extremely itchy.

Scabies

Scabies is a condition of skin in which microscopic mites live on the epidermis for several months, causing it to develop red, itchy rashes. Scabies is extremely contagious and is passed directly through skin contact. The primary symptoms of scabies include intense itching, especially at nighttime. The scabies rash appears as tiny bites and bumps under the skin. They look like tracks burrowed by mites. If the patient scratches the affected area continuously, sores will likely develop.

When to See Dermatologist

Be sure to consult your dermatologist if you find any rashes on your skin (or that of a family member) that do not go away on their own or are so intrusive that you have difficulty performing daily tasks. A medical dermatologist will evaluate the rash to identify the cause and make a diagnosis on the basis of the description of the rash and accompanying symptoms which may include:

  • discoloration of the skin where rashes are present
  • elevation of pain
  • tightening of muscles in the throat or extreme itchiness
  • difficulty breathing
  • find swelling of the face or extremities
  • high fever
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • headache or neck pain
  • diarrhea or continuous vomiting

Other symptoms that should not be ignored include:

  • pain in joints
  • a sore throat
  • rapid spreading of the rash to other parts of the body
  • signs of infection like pus, crusting, swelling, and extreme pain
  • Over-the-counter ointments or antihistamines are ineffective

Suncoast Skin Solutions has a dermatologist available at each of its fourteen convenient Florida locations.

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The care of the patient has always been the foremost priority at Suncoast Skin Solutions dermatology center. Consequently, the practice has a continuous stream of referrals from physicians, satisfied patients, and their families.

The practice has enjoyed steady growth as they have added top-notch doctors, physician assistants, and medical support staff and have ensured that they are trained in the latest advancements in dermatology, cosmetics, and, the surgical and non-surgical treatment of skin cancers.

Why see a board-certified dermatologist? | Tampa | St. Pete | BrandonThe foundation of the care that Suncoast delivers is education, at all levels. Whether it is the three-part tests that they offer to each medical assistant or the manner in which they take time to explain the diagnosis and treatment options to patients or the illustrious backgrounds of the providers, the practice always focuses on imparting knowledge.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski provides safe and proven skin care treatments to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and surrounding communities.

Treatment Approach

Suncoast Skin Solutions offers full-service dermatologic care, including a focus on the prevention and cure of skin cancer. Patients who come in for a simple rash or a specific aesthetic concern will also be offered a complete skin examination.

The professionals at the practice believe that as medical care providers, if they control psoriasis or erase wrinkles, but allow skin cancer to go undetected, then they have failed in their mission. One of the hallmarks of the medical practitioners at Suncoast skin is thoroughness.

The skin is the only organ of the body that constantly replenishes itself. Therefore, it is essential for medical care providers to evolve, as well.

The practice offers patients the most advanced treatments in all facets of dermatology, while simultaneously remaining faithful to tried and true traditional treatment approaches. Compound drugs may be a thing of the past in many offices, but they are found in abundance at Suncoast Skin.

The highly trained staff at the practice will offer patients appropriate answers to all their skin care related questions, from simple wart medications and medical spa procedures to complex combination treatments.

The name of the practice is carefully chosen, and the mission is to offer the correct choice for each individual patient. This made arriving at the office name straightforward as well: Suncoast provides solutions.

Surgical Expertise

There are over a million new cases of skin cancers annually in the US. For many in the Bay Area, with its intense sun, it is not a question of ‘if,’ but rather ‘where’ and ‘when.’ Mohs surgery is a subspecialty which pertains to the conservative elimination of skin cancers to preserve as much tissue as possible, and then to cosmetically repair the consequent wound.

In comparison to routine excision, Mohs surgery looks at 99 percent more of the edges of the eliminated tissue. This offers a much higher rate of clearance for tumors. It can be bothersome enough to have surgery once for a basal cell on the nose of a melanoma on the cheek. However, repeating the process for the same improperly excised cancer is quite unnecessary.

Mohs surgeons who are fellowship-trained devote an additional year of their training performing tumor extirpation, recognizing difficult histologic variants of cancers under the microscope, and refining graft and flaps to produce less conspicuous post-op scars.

The sagacious Dr. Ewanowski and his team will guide patients through the entire Mohs surgical process. The quality of work is crucial at Suncoast Skin Solutions, along with the patient’s impression of the experience.

Dr. Ewanowski and his team will be there for the patient from start to finish as well as work with other medical care providers to make sure that all aspects of their care are coordinated.

Dr. Ewanowski’s skin care clinic receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and effective skin care procedures.

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

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Over the years, advancements in dermatology procedures and technology have made it possible to reverse the ill-effects of aging, sun exposure, disease, and genetics. Today, a wide array of treatment options in surgical, medical, and cosmetic skincare are available for people seeking to restore a healthy, more youthful appearance.

But the choice of dermatology practice and treatment provider remains the single most important determinant of success in these procedures.

Patients should cautiously assess the professional background of the dermatologists as well as the track record and reputation of the dermatologic practice in the local area.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski provides safe and proven skin care treatments to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and surrounding locations.

Detailed Skin Examination

suncoast - Sarasota Dermatology CenterSuncoast Skin Solutions is dedicated to providing a detailed skin exam and diagnosis to allow the patient to be in a position to undergo timely and targeted treatment. Patients are assured a thorough skin check and diagnosis whether they visit the practice for a minor aesthetic concern or something as serious as skin cancer.

The dermatologist will discuss the most suitable treatment solutions or combinations, and assist the patient in making the most beneficial decisions for their skin health and appearance.

Innovative and Open-Minded Treatment Approach

In the field of dermatology, research and development is a continuous process. Suncoast Skin Solutions adopts an innovative and open-minded treatment approach to adopting new technologies, techniques, and medical spa procedures.

At the same time, in cases where a traditional treatment approach seems more beneficial, the dermatologic clinic will evaluate it cautiously and recommend it in suitable cases.

Dual Approach to Cosmetic Skin Enhancement

Suncoast Skin also offers non-surgical cosmetic medical spa procedures for longer-lasting and natural-looking rejuvenation outcomes. The dermatologist at the skincare practice recognizes that the aging process and other skin conditions not only create superficial skin damage in the epidermis but also adversely impact the natural production of elastin and collagen fibers in the deeper skin layers.

Therefore, the specialists at the dermatologic practice will recommend a combination of skincare procedures wherever the treatment of both superficial and deeper skin tissue is necessary. This enables them to create more holistic cosmetic results that will last for a longer duration and offer natural-looking effects.

An important part of this process is patient education, and a thorough pre-treatment consultation will provide the patient with an opportunity to assess their treatment options and expected results.

Why Select a Board Certified Dermatologist

For a detailed assessment of the skin, hair, and nails, patients should consult a board-certified dermatologist as many medical conditions manifest through the skin.

Generally, board-certified dermatologists receive three years of comprehensive clinical training, understanding every aspect of the anatomy and function of the skin.

A residency program includes training in medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, pediatric dermatology, pathology of the skin, and basic science dermatology.

Non-certified doctors in other areas, such as internal medicine, might have undergone a three-month rotation in dermatology to gain a basic understanding of the more common skin concerns. But these rotations do not offer in-depth training in surgical, procedural, and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Ewanowski’s skin care clinic receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and effective skin care procedures.

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

Your Local Sarasota, FL Dermatologist

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Various types of skin flaws can impact not only physical appearance but also be damaging to health. Certain skin conditions, such as skin cancers, can be life-threatening and adversely affect the appearance of an individual, it not treated in a timely manner.

Patients should work with a dermatology expert for the treatment of aesthetic skin issues to enhance their health and appearance.

Suncoast Skin Solutions is a state-of-the-art dermatology practice in Central Florida, offering safe, proven, and successful skincare treatments.

logo - Your Local Sarasota, FL DermatologistThe practice places the utmost importance on patient care and has maintained this core value since its establishment. Over time, Suncoast Skin’s patient-first philosophy has resulted in a continuous stream of referrals from physicians, happy patients, and their families.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski provides safe and proven skin care treatments to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and surrounding locations.

Innovative Skin Care Infrastructure

Suncoast Skin Solutions has grown consistently over the years. At present, the practice has 13 locations in and around Central Florida, and it has constantly enhanced its team by adding top tier physicians, doctor assistants, and medical spa staff.

All team members at the skincare practice are trained in the latest techniques in dermatology and cosmetics along with the surgical and non-surgical management of skin cancers.

Patients are guaranteed to receive innovative treatments for most of their skin concerns under one roof. Each patient is offered customized care and attention, regardless of whether they may have a seemingly minor issue such as a skin rash, or a more severe condition, such as psoriasis or rosacea.

The specialists at the dermatology practice will spend time discussing the patient’s diagnosis and treatment solutions, and enable them to make well-considered decisions.

Professional Team of Providers

Suncoast Skin Solutions’ team of skincare providers includes some of the best qualified and highly experienced dermatologists, doctors, and others in the field.

Dr. Ewanowski and his team understand that the best outcomes in any skincare procedure can be accomplished when the doctor individualizes the treatment plan to address the unique health and cosmetic needs of a patient. The practice will never adopt a “cookie-cutter” approach.

Why Select a Board Certified Dermatologist?

A board certified dermatologist refers to a doctor who has successfully undertaken a credited residency in dermatology in the United States and has passed the board certification exam. Doctors receive certification from the American Board of Dermatology to practice dermatology.

A board-certified dermatologist would have undergone many years of training to determine medical conditions that are manifesting through skin, hair, and nails. They also offer treatment for conditions such as acne, rosacea, or psoriasis as well as determine whether a mole is malignant.

In addition, board-certified dermatologists are experts in Botox, laser, fillers, and other non-surgical dermatology cosmetic procedures.

Patients may experience complications, such as permanent scarring from wrong laser settings, and side-effects of dermal fillers, such as skin necrosis, when working with a non-certified ‘expert.’ In fact, a so-called specialist can undertake mistreatment to make a skin condition worse.

Dr. Ewanowski’s skin care clinic receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and effective skin care procedures.

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

Your Local Palm Harbor, FL Dermatologist

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logo small 2 - Your Local Palm Harbor, FL DermatologistThe choice of a dermatologist is likely one of the most vital decisions that a patient will make after deciding to seek a skincare consultation. The qualifications and experience of the dermatologist may be the most important factor impacting the final results in any dermatology procedure.

Patients in Lutz, Seminole, Tampa, Brandon, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Brookesville, Winter Haven, The Villages Central Florida, Florida, and neighboring locations have an opportunity to undergo innovative skincare procedures from board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski and his team.

Professional Background

Christopher Ewanowski, M.D., is one of the few fellowship-trained, board-certified dermatologic surgeons in the Bay Area who specialize in laser surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and reconstructive and cosmetic dermatologic surgery. Dr. Ewanowski is a native of Tampa and received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida.

After receiving his degree in medicine from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in 2003, Dr. Ewanowski proceeded to complete an internship in plastic and general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

He turned his focus on the advanced management of skin conditions, including laser surgery, skin surgery, and reconstructive surgery as a dermatology resident at Georgetown University Hospital.

In 2007, he completed his training at Georgetown and chose to pursue a dermatologic surgery fellowship in the fields of skin oncology and Mohs, reconstructive surgery, and laser. During this time, he was one of only 65 dermatologists globally with this advanced fellowship, which is American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery approved.

During this time, he worked with Pearon Lang M.D. and Joel Cook M.D., two of the most eminent Mohs surgeons in the US. In 2008, backed with this rigorous training and vast experience, Dr. Ewanowski established Suncoast Skin Solutions. He is a specialist in the management of facial skin cancer, laser surgery, and cutting-edge medical spa techniques undertaken using local anesthesia.

Experienced Mohs Surgeon

The committed Dr. Ewanowski is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, which means that he spent an additional year of his training in perfecting the recognition of challenging histologic variants of cancers under the microscope, tumor extirpation, and refining grafts and flaps to create less visible post-operative scars. His detailed knowledge of the intricate Mohs procedure extends to all aspects of the surgery.

Traditional surgical techniques only examine small samples of the skin margins or edges. However, Dr. Ewanowski examines 100 percent of the margins and bottom of the tissue. He will try to save as much healthy skin as possible while eliminating malignant tissue.

Dr. Ewanowski has undertaken over 20,000 Mohs surgeries, and the chances of recurrence of cancer in the capable hands of a specialist such as Dr. Ewanowski is less than one percent.

Other Key Strengths of Dr. Ewanowski

  • Emphasis on patient education
  • Focus on extensive staff training
  • A detailed approach to every skin exam and diagnosis
  • Customized treatment approach
  • Individualized care and attention to each patient

Dr. Ewanowski’s skin care clinic receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor, Central Florida, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and effective skin care procedures.

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

Florida Dermatologist FAQ: Ways to Get Relief From Chronic Hives

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A dermatologist can usually diagnose hives by examining the skin surface. But determining the cause of hives can be difficult, especially if the hives have persisted for over six weeks. To determine the cause of the hives, a dermatologist will assess the patient’s medical history, ask questions, and conduct a physical exam.

How do dermatologists treat hives?

Mild to moderate cases of hives are usually treated with a non-sedating (does not cause the patient to become drowsy) antihistamine. Antihistamines offer relief from symptoms such as itching. 

In addition, antihistamines are prescribed for the treatment of chronic (persisting for over six weeks) hives. When prescribed for chronic hives, the patient will take this drug daily to prevent the formation of hives. Many antihistamines are available today. Some cause drowsiness while others don’t. 

The dermatologist may prescribe the following medications for the treatment of hives:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids like prednisone: For short term use due to side-effects with use in the long-term
  • Dapsone: An antibiotic for relief from swelling and redness
  • Omalizumab: An injectable drug to treat chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), a form of hives that can manifest for months, or even years.
  • Other drugs that address inflammation 

The patient may require epinephrine (shot of adrenaline) for certain types of hives or angioedema, which is a condition that is similar to hives (but the inflammation occurs deeper in the skin). All drugs have potential side effects, and the patient should ask their dermatologist about these side effects.

Treatment for Chronic Hives

Two medications, namely, antihistamines and omalizumab have received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a type of chronic hives known as CIU, which can persist for six weeks or more, and at times, even last for years. 

Research indicates that up to 50 percent of individuals with CIU continue to develop hives following treatment with antihistamines. In some people with CIU, Omalizumab (injected under the skin) has been proven to relieve the itch and clear hives.

According to one research study, 36 percent of patients who received treatment with omalizumab reported no itch and no hives following the treatment. 

Results

Hives are not serious for most people. In time, children may outgrow the allergies that lead to the development of hives. 

Certain individuals with chronic (lasting over six weeks) hives, experience that the hives resolve by themselves, usually within a year. But many people with chronic hives experience that the hives come and go for months or years. 

In case the hives do not go away or become severe, it is essential to get medical care. Hives can indicate an internal disease. Some individuals experience severe inflammation. 

People who have hives and trouble swallowing or breathing should seek prompt medical care. 

Tips for Managing Hives

People with a mild case of hives may not need treatment. They can often get relief from itching by applying cool cloths to the hives, or by taking cool showers. 

In case the patient has a bad allergic response, such as shortness of breath, they should talk to their doctor about a prescription drug known as an “auto-injector.” When injected into the thigh, this medication stops the allergic reaction. 

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

Florida Dermatologist FAQ: Cold Urticaria – Welts on Skin Due to Cold Temperature Could be Hives

The Woodlands Dermatologist FAQ: Cold Urticaria – Welts on Skin Due to Cold Temperature Could be Hives - Reger Vein and Skin SpecialistsThe symptoms of cold urticaria include developing welts or an itchy rash after coming in from cold (especially on exposed skin), swelling of the throat or lips after eating or drinking something frozen, and/or developing an itchy rash or feeling faint after being in cold water. 

People with this medical issue develop hives, or welts on their skin (that usually itch) when exposed to the cold. 

What are the Other Causes of Hives?

An individual may not get hives each time they encounter something cold. Certain people only develop hives by swimming in cold water or when their skin is exposed to cold wind. 

Yet others are particularly sensitive and can develop hives when they enter an air-conditioned building or stand near a freezer in a grocery store.

A majority of people who develop hives from the cold are otherwise healthy. People who develop hives from the cold do not have to necessarily live with the flare-ups. Taking certain precautions may help a person avoid hives. Medicine may be required, as well.

Prior to taking any drugs, it is vital to determine whether a person has cold urticaria.

Cold Urticaria Diagnosis

For people who think they may have cold urticaria, it might be helpful to see a qualified dermatologist. Dermatologists usually diagnose this condition and care for patients who get hives. 

The dermatologist will ask the patient about the symptoms they experience when exposed to cold to understand whether they get hives from cold temperatures. The patient should inform their dermatologist if they develop any of these signs and symptoms when exposed to cold:

  • Welts, at times itchy
  • Swelling and redness on skin exposed to the cold
  • Burning sensation
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Swollen lips or inflammation in the throat

Correlating with this, the dermatologist may also test the skin to understand how it responds to cold. Some individuals are given the ice cube challenge test where the dermatologist places a plastic bag containing an ice cube on the bare skin, typically the forearm. 

Most individuals with cold urticaria develop a welt on their skin after the bag is removed and their skin warms up. It is possible to have cold urticaria even if the patient does not develop a welt from the ice cube challenge test. Therefore, the dermatologist will ask the patient questions and assess their skin. 

Treatment Options

Avoiding the reasons for the development of their hives is enough for many people to live comfortably. 

In case a person has ever had a serious reaction from the cold, such as inflammation in their throat or passing out, the dermatologist will recommend that they always carry an epinephrine pen. In the event of a serious reaction, injecting themselves with an epinephrine pen could save the patient’s life. 

Antihistamine medications help many people with cold urticaria as it can prevent the development of hives as well as symptoms such as itchiness. The dermatologist may prescribe a stronger drug, such as omalizumab if antihistamines are ineffective in preventing hives.  

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

Florida Dermatologist FAQ: Reasons Your Skin Itches Uncontrollably And How to Get Relief

Itchy skin mosquito bites poison ivy and chickenpox treatment 1 - Florida Dermatologist FAQ: Reasons Your Skin Itches Uncontrollably And How to Get ReliefItchy Skin Causes and Treatments

Itchy skin does not occur only due to mosquito bites, poison ivy, and chickenpox. This condition may develop due to numerous factors. If the itchiness does not resolve on its own or becomes unbearable, it is best to see a dermatologist

Causes and Solutions

Some of the key factors that may be causing the itch and what can bring relief are as follows:

  1. Extremely dry skin

Skin that is very dry can be extremely itchy.

How to get relief

The dermatologist will provide patients with a topical or oral prescription medication for relief from dry, itchy skin. If the condition is mild, they may simply recommend an over the counter anti-itch cream or lotion.

  1. Bug bites

The skin may become itchy due to a mosquito bite, but the itch tends to resolve quickly. However, when bugs live on the skin or feed off a person every night, the itch can be uncontrollable and long-lasting. Bugs, such as lice, bed bugs, and mites (scabies), can lead to a long-lasting itch. 

How to get relief

The dermatologist may prescribe the following for the treatment of bed bug bites:

Allergic reaction: Some individuals may need an antihistamine, corticosteroid, or epinephrine (adrenaline) for a severe allergic reaction. 

Infection: Antibiotics may be necessary for the treatment of an infection. In case the infection is mild, the dermatologist may recommend an antiseptic medication that the patient can purchase over-the-counter.  

Itch: A prescription antihistamine liquid or pill may be helpful.

  1. Itchy skin condition

There is a long list of skin conditions that can lead to an intense itch, and it includes:

  • Chickenpox
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Hand-foot-and-mouth disease
  • Hives
  • Ringworm
  • Shingles

How to get relief

In order to get relief, the patient must understand which skin condition they have. The best method to get a correct diagnosis is to set-up a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist.

In case a patient has been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, it may be challenging to relieve the itch.

  1. Skin cancer

The only indication of skin cancer is a new or changing spot on the skin for many people. That spot may also itch and can be the only reason for an individual noticing the spot. 

How to get relief

In case a person suspects skin cancer, they should consult a board-certified dermatologist. Treating skin cancer will eliminate the itch.

  1. Warning sign of disease inside the body

A persistent itch can indicate various conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Blood disease
  • HIV
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Overactive thyroid gland

How to get relief

The patient may be able to get relief from the itch with an accurate diagnosis and treatment. A dermatologist usually plays an important role in detecting these conditions as itch can be the only symptom. 

  1. Allergic skin reaction

The skin can develop an allergic response to various substances. A common substance that can lead to an allergic skin response is nickel, which is found in many products that a person may come into contact with every day, such as eyeglass frames, cell phones, jewelry, belt buckles, and zippers.

Substances such as shampoos, nail polish, latex, fragrances, and cement can also cause an allergic skin reaction.

How to get relief

The patient must understand what is causing their allergy so that they can stop using or touching what causes the itchy rash. This can be difficult and usually necessitates medical care from a dermatologist.

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County , Brandon, Lutz, Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Sarasota, Palm Harbor and Daytona Beach Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

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