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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)

Atopic Dermatitis Eczema Treatment Florida - Florida Dermatologist FAQ's: What Causes 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.

Contact a Suncoast Skin Dermatologist

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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: 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.

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