Your skin is one of the first things that people notice, so when there's a problem it is almost impossible to hide. A rash is a skin condition that can be particularly annoying, difficult, and embarrassing to manage on a day to day basis. It’s even more distressing when the rash doesn’t go away for a long period of time. There are different types of rashes that can affect your skin—learn about them and seek help for your particular rash at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL.
What Are Skin Rashes?
A rash is some type of inflammation of the skin. It can cause the skin to become red, irritated, flaky, itchy, and sometimes painful. A bad rash can leave a mark or scar on the skin after it clears up. Rashes can show up anywhere on the skin, but are most common on the face or limbs (arms and legs). Some rashes develop spontaneously, while others are triggered by environmental factors.
What Causes Them?
Here are some of the reasons why rashes can develop and spread:
- An allergy to a specific food (like nuts).
- An allergy to a chemical or detergent.
- A bug bite that becomes infected or irritated.
- A condition that has been present since birth or that runs in the family.
Types of Rashes
Here are some of the most common rashes that the dermatologists at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL treat:
- Contact dermatitis (flare-ups from contact with an allergen).
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema, which often affects young children).
- Chronic skin issues like acne, psoriasis, or rosacea.
- Rashes from fungal infections (like ringworm and yeast infections that develop on the skin).
- Rashes due to bacterial infections like staph infections and impetigo.
- Viral skin infections like shingles.
Get Help with Your Rash
Once you identify the exact cause of your rash, you and your dermatologist can treat it properly. Call North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL at (773) 763-6000 today to set a date and time for a skin examination with Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach.
You may have earned your fine lines and wrinkles, but that doesn't mean you have to keep them. Botox injections can help you look more youthful and rested. Our Chicago, IL, dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach of North Branch Dermatology, explains how Botox can improve your appearance.
What do Botox injections do?
Years of frowning, smiling or making other facial expressions eventually results in fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles by targeting the muscles under your skin. After you receive the injections, the muscles are temporarily paralyzed and can no longer contract. As a result, the skin relaxes and becomes smoother.
Are Botox injections the right choice for me?
Most people can benefit from Botox injections. Botox offers an effective, non-surgical way to treat lines and wrinkles if you're in good health and have shallow facial lines and wrinkles. The treatments can help you look younger if you have:
- The Dreaded Elevens: Do you have two vertical lines between your eyes that deepen you frown or focus on something intently? These parallel lines, which look the number eleven, can make you appear tired or even grumpy. Injecting Botox into the area smooths the lines and gives your appearance a subtle boost.
- Horizontal Forehead Lines: Horizontal lines on your forehead also form as result of making facial expressions. If you're not happy with the appearance of your forehead, Botox injections provide a simple way to smooth out those furrows.
- Crow's Feet: These tiny lines radiate from the corners of your eyes and tend to become more noticeable when you smile. Reducing them is a simple as visiting our Chicago office for a Botox treatment.
- Lines That Extend from the Nose to Mouth: The nasolabial lines on either side of your mouth become more pronounced over the years, which can make you look older. Smoothing them with Botox injections refreshes your appearance.
Are results immediate?
It generally takes about two to four days to see results from your treatment. Botox effects can last three or more months. Scheduling regular follow up visits will help you maintain your results.
Would you like to enhance your appearance with Botox. Call our Chicago, IL, dermatologist, Dr. Fahrenbach of North Branch Dermatology, at (773) 763-6000 to schedule your appointment.
Find out what to be on the lookout for when it comes to change in your skin.
Skin cancer can happen to anyone. If you are someone who has had bad sunburns in the past, if you have a family history of skin cancer or if you have a lot of freckles then you may be concerned about the health of your skin. Our Chicago dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach, is here to tell you what you should be looking out for when it comes to suspicious moles and how to protect your skin.
Here’s what should tip you off that something is wrong with a mole and that you need to visit our Chicago skin doctor right away:
- A mole that bleeds or is red and irritated
- Moles that are larger than a pencil eraser
- Moles that do not have clear, defined borders
- Moles that contain multiple colors
- Moles that are painful or itchy
One of the best rules of thumb for detecting skin cancer is to look at your moles and perform a thorough evaluation. You should do this at least once a month to make sure that if there are any changes that you are able to catch them right away and get the issue checked out before it becomes serious. And, if all else fails, remember your ABCDs…
- A: Asymmetry—Healthy moles will be completely even and symmetrical on all sides
- B: Border—Healthy moles will have a clearly defined and even border
- C: Color—Healthy moles won’t change colors or contain more than one color
- D: Diameter—Healthy moles tend to be rather small while melanoma is often much larger
- E: Elevated—Healthy moles aren’t typically raised
How to Protect Your Skin
One of the best things you can do to protect the health of your skin is to apply sunscreen every day about 20 minutes before going outside. Opt for a sunscreen that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 15 or higher. Make sure that you reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. If you aren’t sure which kind of sunscreen is right for you or you have questions about how to properly apply it then don’t hesitate to ask us. We are here to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.
If you noticing any changes in your skin that have you concerned then it’s time you turned to North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL to get a full skin cancer evaluation. Don’t ignore the health of your skin. This simple evaluation could just end up saving your life.
A rash is an embarrassing and vexing skin problem that doesn’t always go away on its own. It can happen due to flare-ups related to medical conditions or exposure to certain irritants. If you have a problem with chronic skin rashes, your dermatologist at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach, may recommend a number of treatments to help ease the symptoms.
What Causes Skin Rashes?
A skin rash is an irritation or inflammation of the skin that makes your skin turn red and itchy. Sometimes a rash causes bumps, blisters or ulcers to form on the skin. There are a number of reasons why a rash may develop, which you should talk about with your dermatologist. Eczema and psoriasis are skin diseases that often causes these rashes. Skin allergies are also a culprit—many people are unknowingly allergic to detergents, chemicals and certain plants. Bug bites can also cause rashes to form on the skin. In rare cases, a patient’s rash may be due to a staph infection or a similar bacterial disease.
Treatments for Rashes
The ideal treatment for rashes is a topical ointment that helps relieves the inflammation, redness and itching. Your Chicago dermatologist will prescribe one of the following:
- Hydrocortisone cream (for eczema, dermatitis and similar conditions).
- Clotrimazole, fluconazole or a similar anti-fungal (for rashes related to yeast infections).
- Chlorhexidine, bacitracin or a steroid cream for poison ivy and similar allergic reactions.
- Antibiotic cream or oral medication for bacterial infections.
- Antihistamine medicine for allergic skin reactions.
Rash Prevention Advice
Though it may not be able to prevent every rash, here are a few tips for how to minimize the occurrences:
- See your doctor to identify any allergies that may be behind the appearance of rashes (skin irritants or food allergies) and make lifestyle adjustments as needed.
- Wear sunscreen and bug repellent when exploring outdoors. Avoid touching plants.
- Keep your skin clean and moisturized with a non-irritating lotion.
- Keep your environment (especially places where you sit and sleep) clean and sanitized as much as possible.
Get Help from a Dermatologist
There are some rash cases that can only be treated by a qualified dermatologist. That’s just what you’ll find when you visit North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL. Call 773-763-6000 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach.
There are several dermatological issues to look out for that could be signs of a problem, such as skin cancer. Developing rashes or experiencing changes in the size or shape of existing moles can all be warning signs of a potential health concern. At North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach can examine your skin for signs of a problem, make a diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment.
Skin cancer is something everyone hopes to avoid. Unfortunately, it is the most common type of cancer in the United States. One out of five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is the best way to ensure that cancer does not spread, as well as improve the odds of beating it. Cancer is easier to detect when you know what to look for. Warning signs associated with three of the most common types of skin cancer are as follows.
- Melanoma — Warning signs include new moles, changes in existing moles, a lump or a new spot on the skin that is brown, black, pink or blue in color.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma — Warning signs include brown scaly patches and white waxy lumps on areas of the skin regularly exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma — Warning signs include the development of scaly patches, lumps or ulcers on the skin.
Rashes and itchy, scaly patches of inflamed skin due to psoriasis, eczema or skin allergies can be uncomfortable and unsightly. It is important to see a dermatologist about any type of rash to verify that it is not due to a more serious condition. Additionally, a dermatologist can prescribe the right type of treatment to alleviate any itching or discomfort associated with the rash. Further, a dermatologist can best advise you on how to prevent the rash from spreading to other areas of the body.
Most adults have at least one mole on their body and in most cases, moles are harmless. However, some moles can become cancerous, particularly if they have changed in color, size or shape. Regularly examining your existing moles, as well as checking for new ones, will help you catch changes early on so that you can seek treatment before developing a serious condition. If you do notice the development of new moles or changes in existing ones, seek treatment from your Chicago dermatologist.
Regularly examining your skin for dermatological issues, such as rashes and new moles, is a good way to ensure you identify potential problems right away. If you do discover anything of concern, visit your dermatologist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you do have any concerns about rashes, moles or skin cancer, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fahrenbach at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago by calling (773) 763-6000.
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