Posts for: January, 2018
If you spend time outdoors, then you’ve probably come into contact with poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac at some point in your life. The plants’ oily sap, known as urushiol causes many people to break out in an itchy rash. Urushiol is colorless or pale yellow oil that exudes from any cut part of the plant, including the roots, stems and leaves.
The intensely itchy rash is an allergic reaction to the sap and can appear on any part of the body. The severity of the reaction varies from person to person, depending on how much sap penetrates the skin and how sensitive the person is to it. The most common symptoms include:
- Itchy skin
- Redness or streaks
- Small or large blisters
- Crusting skin when blisters have burst
When other parts of the body come into contact with the oil, the rash may continue to spread to new parts of the body. A common misconception is that people can develop the rash from touching another person’s poison ivy rash. However, you cannot give the rash to someone else. The person has to touch the actual oil from the plant in order have an allergic reaction.
When to See Your Dermatologist
Generally, a rash from poison ivy, oak or sumac will last 1 to 3 weeks and will go away on its own without treatment. But if you aren’t sure whether or not your rash is caused by poison ivy, or if you need treatment to relieve the itch, you may want to visit a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and care. You should also see your dermatologist if the rash is serious, in which case prescription medicine may be necessary. Swelling is a sign of serious infection.
Other signs that your rash may be serious include:
- Conservative treatments won’t ease the itch
- Rash begins to spread to numerous parts of the body
- Pus, pain, swelling, warmth and other signs of infection are accompanying the rash
- Facial swelling, especially on the eyelids
- Rash develops on face, eyelids, lips or genitals
- Breathing or swallowing becomes difficult
To avoid getting the rash caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac, learn how to recognize what these plants look like and stay away. Always wear long pants and long sleeves when you anticipate being in wooded areas, and wear gloves when gardening. If you come into contact with the plants, wash your skin and clothing immediately.
Poison ivy, oak and sumaccan be a real nuisance and often difficult to detect. As a general rule, remember the common saying, “Leaves of three—let them be.” And if you do get the rash, visit our office for proper care.
No one likes to look older, especially if they are active and have a positive outlook on life. Fine lines, forehead wrinkling, and crow's feet around the eyes show the world your age, but why let people label your personality because of some wrinkles or facial sagging? Dr. Joseph Eastern at The Belleville Dermatology Center offers easy and effective ways to refresh your facial appearance: BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers. If you qualify, you can keep your youthful look and feel great, too.
What is BOTOX Cosmetic?
BOTOX Cosmetic is an FDA-approved (in 2002) treatment which limits the movement of facial muscles, which, over time, can create dynamic wrinkles--deep lines in the forehead, around the eyes and at the corners of the mouth. Injected with a super fine needle just below the skin, this amazing medication produces visible effects right away and full effects in a week to 10 days.
Injections last three to six months and require no downtime post-treatment. Patients may experience a mild stinging sensation and see some minor redness, but these resolve quickly. Mostly, BOTOX patients praise the noticeable improvement in their appearance and continue to receive treatments as recommended by Dr. Eastern.
What are dermal fillers?
The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons says that injected dermal fillers fill out hollows in facial contours. They increase the volume of thin lips and give the face a softer, rounder, and more youthful appearance.
Sometimes applied in a series of injections, dermal fillers are comfortable, lasting and effective. They may be combined with more complex facial rejuvenation and reconstruction. Dermatologists also use dermal fillers to fill out recessed scars and facial deformities.
Do you qualify for Belleville BOTOX and dermal fillers?
If you are a healthy individual with realistic cosmetic goals, you likely qualify. Before receiving these treatments, Dr. Eastern will examine your skin, take a medical history, including a list of your current medications, chronic health conditions, surgeries and allergies. Also, he'll discuss how you would like your appearance to change and how he sees those expectations being met. Thankfully, you can trust Dr. Eastern's kind manner and his extensive knowledge and experience.
Find out more
Please call The Belleville Dermatology Center at (973) 751-1200 for your personal consultation with Dr. Joseph Eastern. You'll get all the information you need on BOTOX and dermal fillers so you can make a good decision.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that affects an estimated 16 million Americans. Because rosacea is frequently misdiagnosed and confused with acne, sunburn or eye irritation, a large percentage of people suffering from rosacea fail to seek medical help due to lack of awareness. It’s important to understand the warning signs of rosacea and need for treatment to make the necessary lifestyle changes and prevent the disorder from becoming progressively severe.
Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, you may be more susceptible to rosacea if:
- You are fair-skinned
- You blush easily
- You are female
- You have a family history of rosacea
- You are between the ages of 30 and 50
A frequent source of social embarrassment, for many people rosacea affects more than just the face. Rosacea is a chronic skin disease, which means it lasts for a lifetime. Learning what triggers your rosacea is an important way to reduce flare-ups and manage symptoms. This may include avoiding stress, too much sunlight, heavy exercise, extreme temperatures and certain foods or beverages.
What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?
Rosacea frequently causes the cheeks to have a flushed or red appearance. The longer rosacea goes untreated, the higher the potential for permanent redness of the cheeks, nose and forehead. Symptoms of rosacea will not be the same for every person. Common symptoms include:
- Facial burning and stinging
- Facial flushing and blush that evolves to persistent redness
- Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
- Small, visible broken blood vessels on the face
- Acne-like breakouts on the face
- Watery or irritated eyes
If you recognize any of the warning signs of rosacea, visit your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. A dermatologist will examine your skin for common warning signs and tailor a treatment plan for your unique condition. Treatment will vary for each individual, ranging from topical medicine, antibiotics and lasers or light treatment. While there is currently no cure, with proper management patients can learn how to avoid triggers, prevent flare-ups and manage their condition to live a healthy, active life.