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By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
October 09, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Poison Ivy   Rash   Sumac   Oak   Itchy Skin  
ItchingSome many conditions and problems could lead to itchy skin; however, if you’ve been exposed to poison ivy, sumac, or oak you must be able to recognize the symptoms. It’s possible that you came into contact with poison ivy or any of these plants while on your typical walk or you may not even realize that the plants are hanging in your garden. If you do come into contact with poison ivy, sumac and oak here are what you should know.

You’re Allergic to the Oil from these Plants

Poison ivy secretes an oil known as urushiol. When a person comes in contact with the oils from these plants this causes an allergic reaction. You may notice a rash that forms in a straight line (as if you brushed against a poison ivy leaf). If you suspect that you’ve come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak, it’s important to wash your clothes immediately and to take a shower to prevent the oils from spreading further.

You Can Usually Treat It Yourself

While the rash can be unpleasant, symptoms should go away within 2-3 weeks. Since the rash can be quite itchy and uncomfortable, here are some ways to ease your symptoms:
  • Take cool, oatmeal baths to alleviate inflammation and itching
  • Apply calamine lotions to the skin to temporarily alleviate itching
  • Steroid creams (aka: cortisone cream) may also alleviate redness and inflammation
  • Apply cold compresses to the area when symptoms flare-up
  • Whatever you do, do not scratch your rash (this can lead to an infection)
Severe Symptoms Warrant a Doctor’s Visit

Some people have severe allergic reactions when they come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak. You must call your dermatologist as soon as possible if:
  • Pus develops on the rash
  • You also have a fever over 100 F
  • You experience severe itching
  • The rash keeps spreading
  • You aren’t sure whether the rash is caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • The rash spreads to the mouth or the eyes
  • Symptoms don’t improve within a week
From poison ivy rashes to psoriasis, a dermatologist can treat a wide range of skin conditions and provide you with the treatment you need. If you have concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, call your dermatologist right away.
By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
October 08, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Wrinkles   botox   fillers  

The skin you’ve always wanted is within reach at The Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ.

Your Belleville, NJ dermatologist Dr. Joseph Eastern has several options when helping you combat the premature appearance of wrinkles and lines:

Fillers

Fillers come in several forms. Some products encourage plumpness in the skin by increasing the moisture content, while others stimulate the production of collagen. Other treatments are calcium-based and those that are of a gel-like consistency. Fillers work best just underneath the eyelid, with recessed scars and in hollow areas of the face. The results tend to last longer than botox, sometimes up to a year.

Botox

Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is an effective treatment for wrinkles. It works by interfering with the nerve signals that the muscles of the face treated receive. Because of this, botox is better at lines that may appear across the forehead.

Routine Skin Exam

Cancer screening is a routine head-to-toe inspection of the skin. The dermatologist can perform the exam before assessing the appearance of wrinkles. Overexposure to UV light on the A and B spectrum can accelerate the appearance of aging.

When performing your daily skincare routine and treating any acne, be sure to wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Although the sun may not be shining, clouds trap the UV rays that work to age the skin.
 

The Belleville Dermatology Center at Belleville, NJ is your ally in restoring plump, beautiful skin. Contact us at (973) 751-1200 to schedule an appointment.

By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
September 24, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Scalp Psoriasis  
Scalp PsoriasisDealing with an itchy, flaky scalp? It could be dandruff or it could be a sign that you’re dealing with a common condition known as scalp psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis isn’t just the result of a dry scalp, it’s an autoimmune disorder. Of course, it’s important to be able to pinpoint the warning signs of scalp psoriasis so that you can turn to a qualified dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.


Is it scalp psoriasis?

Symptoms of scalp psoriasis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause small patches of flaky skin, while those with more severe symptoms may experience a burning and intensely itchy scalp. If you pull back your hair you may notice scaly patches of skin and/or red bumps. It’s important not to scratch your scalp, as scratching could lead to infection and temporary hair loss.

Since scalp psoriasis shares symptoms with other conditions such as ringworm or dermatitis, you must see a dermatologist to find out what’s causing your scaly, itchy, and dry scalp.
 

How is scalp psoriasis treated?

While there is no cure for scalp psoriasis, a dermatologist can provide you with medications, as well as recommend certain over-the-counter products that can reduce itchy, dryness, and flaking. Shampoos or topical treatments containing coal tar or salicylic acid may help clear up symptoms.

Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, an oral medication that acts on the body as a whole may offer the most effective relief. Oral medications that act on the immune system (e.g. biologics) may be recommended in more severe cases or in cases where scalp psoriasis isn’t responding to topical treatment options.

Your dermatologist may also recommend light therapy, natural remedies (e.g. tea tree oil; aloe vera), and supplements, as well as other alternative treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms.

If you are dealing with a scaly, itchy, and inflamed scalp it could be scalp psoriasis. Schedule an evaluation with a skincare professional today to learn more.
By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
September 18, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatments  

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach for treating acne. If conservative treatments are not working to control your acne, it’s time to consider seeking professional help from your dermatologist in Belleville, NJ, Dr. Joseph Eastern of The Belleville Dermatology Center. Professional treatments can include a combination of prescription medications, an effective skincare routine, and these supplementary acne therapies, depending on the exact nature and extent of your acne.

Drainage Plus Extraction

Your dermatologist will utilize special instruments for extracting blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts. This will temporarily improve your skin’s appearance but might lead to scarring (which your dermatologist can also address) in scar-prone individuals.

Chemical Peels

These can help control acne by eliminating dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads, as well as unclogging pores. Chemical peels likewise help with skin regeneration to improve the skin’s overall health and appearance. They do these by minimizing the look of wrinkles, lines, and sun damage and getting rid of minor scars. You may require multiple sessions based on your specific acne type and related skin concerns, for best results.

Need Help Managing Your Acne? Reach Out to Us

Dial (973) 751-1200 to set a consultation with Dr. Joseph Eastern, our dermatologist here at The Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ, today.

By BELLEVILLE DERMATOLOGY
September 16, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rashes   Ringworm  

RingwormThere are many reasons that you might be dealing with a skin rash; however, if you suspect that it might be ringworm you may be surprised to discover that there are other conditions that can often masquerade as ringworm but aren’t. This is why it’s important to have any rashes or skin problems thoroughly evaluated by a qualified dermatologist. After all, you want to make sure that you are getting the proper treatment you need depending on the type of condition you’re dealing with.

What does ringworm look like?

If you have ringworm, common symptoms include:

  • A circular or ring-like rash that may be raised along the edges
  • A rash that may be scaly, itchy, red, or burning
  • Hair loss in the area where the rash has appeared

The rash may develop several red, raised rings at once, some of which may overlap. While ringworm can develop just about anywhere on the body it’s most commonly found on the arms, legs, and trunk.

If it’s not ringworm, then what else could it be?

There are a variety of ringworm imposters that could be causing you or your child’s rash. The two most common conditions are nummular eczema and granuloma annulare.

Nummular eczema causes circular patches of dry skin that can burn or become dry and scaly. This type of skin condition is often triggered by bug bites, certain medications, or a metal allergy. Granuloma annulare causes red or flesh-colored bumps to appear on the skin, but because they often appear ring-like this condition can be mistaken for ringworm. Everything from medications and viral infections to skin trauma and thyroid disorders can trigger granuloma annulare.

Other less common symptoms that may look like ringworm include,

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Tinea versicolor (more common in children)
  • Vitiligo
  • Erythema migrans (common in those with Lyme disease)
  • Lupus

Sometimes a skin biopsy of the lesion or rash is required for a dermatologist to be able to diagnose whether it is ringworm or not. If you are experiencing symptoms of ringworm or are concerned about a new or worsening rash, then call your dermatologist today to schedule an appointment.





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