South County Dermatology

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October 12, 2018
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Psoriasis   Rash   Psoriasis Treatment  

Skin issues like psoriasis can result in a frustrating and sometimes uncomfortable experience. However, with help from your doctor, you can overcome your symptoms and gain control of your psoriasis. Find out more about this skin condition and how your dermatologist canPsoriasis help you with its treatment with Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI.

What causes psoriasis? 
It is related to an issue with the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy skin cells and causing them to reproduce too rapidly. The condition causes new skin cells to reproduce and move to the surface of the skin in a matter of days, a process that normally takes several weeks. This results in a buildup of cells which cause thick, scaly patches on the skin.

Do I have psoriasis? 
There are several types of psoriasis which often present themselves in different ways or in various areas of the body. However, some common symptoms of all types of psoriasis include:

  • red patches of skin
  • silvery scale-like spots
  • itching
  • burning
  • soreness
  • swollen or stiff joints
  • thickened or pitted nails
  • dry, cracked skin
  • cracked skin which bleeds

Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body but normally crops up on the elbows or knees. The affected areas of skin may range from small scaly patches to major cases which cover large areas.

Psoriasis Treatments in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI
If you think you have psoriasis, you should see your dermatologist to confirm that you suffer from this condition. Treating psoriasis often begins with a prescription topical treatment applied to the affected areas of skin. Phototherapy which uses natural or artificial light has also proven successful in treating psoriasis. Severe cases may require oral or injected medications to control symptoms.

For more information on psoriasis, please contact Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI. Call (401) 471-3376 to schedule your appointment at any of the four locations today!

June 14, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

Rashes will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime, whether it’s from coming in contact with poison ivy while on a camping trip or from an allergic reaction to a skincare product. While most rashes aren’t anything to worry about, we know that the other symptoms that accompany them—redness, itching and burning—can be annoying. Find out the most common causes for rashes and when your rash requires an evaluation from a dermatologist.

What causes a rash?

There are a variety of reasons rashes develop. Your rash could be caused by:

  • Eczema
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Hives
  • Certain medications
  • Heat rash
  • Viral infections
  • Asthma or allergies
  • Bug bite
  • Poison ivy, oak and sumac

When do you seek medical attention?

Most rashes will go away on their own and won’t require medical attention; however, while all rashes might look the same it’s also important to be able to recognize when a rash is serious enough that it needs to be evaluated by a skin doctor. Since there are so many different things that can cause a rash it’s important to have a proper diagnosis so you know exactly how to treat it.

You should have a rash checked out if:

  • It’s all over your body
  • It’s accompanied by a fever
  • It’s painful
  • It’s showing signs of an infection (oozing; warm to the touch; swelling)
  • It’s blistering
  • It appears suddenly and continues to spread quickly

How do you treat a rash?

The treatment plan your dermatologist creates for you will really depend on the cause of your rash. Sometimes over-the-counter creams such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion can help manage itching and other symptoms until the rash goes away. Oatmeal baths can also be soothing for rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak. While the rash heals, avoid using any products on your skin that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals. Try not to cover the rash, as it needs to be able to breathe.

If you do have to come in for an evaluation, we will provide you with the proper medication or treatment necessary to get rid of the root cause of the rash. It’s important that you follow the treatment as prescribed in order to effectively get rid of the rash.