Posts for: October, 2020
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)
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
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Your Belleville, NJ dermatologist Dr. Joseph Eastern has several options when helping you combat the premature appearance of wrinkles and lines:
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, 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.