South County Dermatology

Posts for: March, 2018

March 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Bug bites   Stings  

Different types of insect bites

Whether it is a bee sting or a spider bite, it is important to understand what to do to properly treat these irritations. With help from your dermatologist, you can properly treat your bite or sting.

Most reactions to insect bites are mild, causing little more than an annoying itching or stinging sensation and mild swelling that disappears within a day or so. A delayed reaction to a bite may cause fever, hives, painful joints and swollen glands. You may experience both the immediate and the delayed reactions from the same insect bite or sting. 

Bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome. On the other hand, bites from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, ants, scorpions and some spiders also can cause reactions. For mild reactions follow these treatment tips from your dermatologist:

  • Move to a safe area
  • Remove the stinger (if it is stuck in your skin)
  • Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling and pain
  • Apply a topical cream
  • Take an antihistamine

For severe reactions to bug bites and stings, your dermatologist recommends calling 911 immediately if the following symptoms occur:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the lips or throat
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hives
  • Nausea, cramps and vomiting

Your dermatologist is available to provide topical cream and other treatments for stings to help alleviate pain and itching. Contact your dermatologist for more information on how to properly care for your skin when an insect bites or stings you.

March 12, 2018
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Healthy Skin   Bad Habits  

Close up of healthy skinAt some point in our lives we have all been guilty of it. We fall into a beauty routine and use the same products day after day - even year after year - and don’t recognize the harm that is being done to our skin. Your dermatologist works to provide you with common skin habits that might be harming your skin. By recognizing these harmful habits, you can take the next step to healthy, glowing skin.

Picking Pimples: When a pimple first appears, many of us immediately pop or pick at it. This is very harmful to your face. If you experience frequent pimples and blemishes seek professional help from your dermatologist. Your dermatologist can recommend products that contain anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterial and healing agents. Popping a pimple will only make the scar worse or could spread the breakout, so stop now.

Going to Bed with Dirty Skin: While many of us go to bed exhausted, sometimes skipping our own routines, it is important to not skip cleaning your face—it is a necessity. Whether you wear makeup or not, pollution, dust, skin cells and oil all accumulate on the surface of your skin throughout the day. Cleaning your skin at night helps to freshen your skin and remove these harmful agents.

Going Outside without SPF: Tanning is not the only reason for aging of the skin—any time spent in the sun at all also contributes to aging skin. SPF15 or above is the perfect addition to a skincare routine to help prevent aging. Look for a moisturizer or primer with tint and SPF added to give you a multi-tasking product.  

Using Soap to Cleanse Your Skin: You might tell yourself to just grab a bar of soap to clean your face, but that can do more harm than good.  Soap is an alkaline, which removes oil and dirt effectively. On the other hand, soap also strips the protective barrier from the surface of your skin. Your dermatologist recommends looking for soap-free, acid-balanced cleansers that are designed specifically for your skin condition and type.

Boiling Hot Showers: While the feeling of a hot tub or nice hot shower can help ease muscle aches and pains, while keeping us warm on a cold morning, the warmer the water the more stimulating it can be on your skin—especially your face. If you are choosing to cleanse, exfoliate and use a mask in the shower, be sure to turn down the temperature to avoid causing unneeded redness and inflammation.

Contact your dermatologist for more information on how to better care for your skin, and to skip those harmful habits you might be used to.

March 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin  

Patch of dry skin

Dry, flaky or itchy skin can be extremely uncomfortable for your child. Dry skin is a common problem among children, especially during the winter when our bodies are exposed to dry air in the cold outdoors or heated indoor environments. It can occur when the skin lacks moisture and can be treated by returning moisture to the skin or preventing moisture from escaping the skin in the first place. Your dermatologist is available to help you relieve your child’s dry, itchy skin this season.

Maintain Moisture

To prevent dry skin it is important to make sure your child eats a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of unsweetened beverages such as milk and water. Also, try to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, cold air or harsh winds, which can scratch or irritate your child’s delicate skin. Consider using moisturizing soaps or cleansers, and apply lotions, creams or ointments to keep the skin soft and hydrated.

If your child is prone to dry skin, try the following:

  • Limit baths or showers to 2 or 3 times a week
  • Apply a thick moisturizer early and often
  • Humidify your home
  • Visit your dermatologist

We are available to help provide you with proper treatment options for your child’s dry skin. If your child’s skin stays dry, especially if it is red or irritated, you should visit your pediatrician immediately, as this could be a symptom of a health condition.