Is it a blush, a burn, or something more serious? Understanding Rosacea.

Is it a blush, a burn, or something more serious? Understanding Rosacea.

It may appear as a “flush” or “blush” or even a sunburn. But when facial skin does not return to normal within a few days, you may actually have Rosacea.

Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness, pustules, papules, and swelling on the face. Often referred to as “adult acne,” rosacea frequently begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily. It may progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. The eyes, ears, chest, and back may also be involved. With time, small blood vessels and tiny pimples begin to appear on and around the reddened area; however, unlike acne, there are no blackheads.

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The condition may last for years, rarely reverse itself, and can become worse without treatment. Middle-aged women are most susceptible, along with people who have fair skin and tend to blush easily.

There is no known cause for rosacea, but hereditary and environmental factors can play a role in this condition. Many triggers have been identified, which can stimulate the flow of blood to the skin. Some triggers include:

  • Hot drinks and spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Temperature extremes
  • Exposure to sun or wind
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications

If you are concerned about your condition or how to deal with it, it’s best to meet with a professional.

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When Should I Take my Child to a Dermatologist?

When Should I Take my Child to a Dermatologist?

It’s not unusual for a normal childhood to include lumps and bumps and rashes and itches. But sometimes it’s best to have a pediatric dermatologist take a look.

If your child has a skin condition, such as a birthmarkeczemawarts, or psoriasis, a pediatric dermatologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child. Pediatric dermatologists treat a wide variety of pediatric skin conditions using the latest available treatment methods. Pediatric dermatologists treat children from birth through adolescence.

At Windsor Dermatology, we are honored to have Dr. Jessica Simon on our team. Dr. Simon is double board certified in both dermatology and pediatric dermatology, and is well versed in all areas of dermatology. She is an active member of both the Society of Pediatric Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Simon has been recognized for her academic excellence with multiple award nominations such as the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence Award by the New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Simon has presented at both national and international meetings on both adult and pediatric dermatology

Dr. Simon provides medical care for a wide variety of skin conditions, such as:

  • Diagnosis of various skin conditions, including hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks, pigmented birthmarks, and congenital skin disorders, eczema or atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, vitiligo, hives, and warts to name a few
  • Medical/prescription treatment for a wide variety of conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails
  • Minor surgical procedures, including skin biopsies, surgical removal of skin lesions (e.g., cysts, warts), and laser treatment of vascular birthmarks

Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions or be patient and helpful during a medical exam. Pediatric dermatologists like Dr. Simon know how to examine and treat children in a way that puts them at ease, in kid-friendly offices using medical equipment designed for children.

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Understanding Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Understanding Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Though it may not be rare, the condition that causes cysts and boils in the folds of the skin, typically in the armpits and groin can be painful. For those with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, the frustration is real, especially because the cause of this inflammatory skin disease is unknown.

Even though our current understanding is incomplete, it is important to understand that the symptoms are not due to poor hygiene, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is not contagious.

Your treatment will be based on how severe your case is. Unfortunately, finding the correct treatment can take time and lots of trial and error. You and your doctor might have to try multiple treatments to find the one that works best for you.

Some of the most popular classes of prescription treatments include antibiotics and biologics. Although HS is not an infection and is not contagious, antibiotics can help control it. Additionally, biologics assists the body’s the immune system, which likely plays a role in HS by over-reacting to clogged hair follicles.

Patients can also take steps at home to manage the condition including embracing a healthy lifestyle by focusing on good hygiene in the impacted areas and losing weight. Warm sodium chloride compresses and avoiding tight clothing also help with minimizing the symptoms and managing pain.

NSAIDs(nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These over-the-counter medicines can ease your pain and help manage swelling.

No matter the treatment, there is currently no known cure. The team at Windsor Dermatology is committed to HS research. Recent clinical trials are moving dermatologists towards improved treatments and outcomes.

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Is Botox Right for Me?

Is Botox Right for Me?

Our increasingly virtual world and seeing yourself on Zoom may have alerted you to signs of aging that you’d rather not have, namely lines and wrinkles. For many, Botox can help.

You are a good candidate for Botox if one or more of the following applies to you: You have crow’s feet or worry lines around your eyes. You have moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. You find that your makeup is collecting in facial creases and lines.

Botox is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes the frown lines is reduced, and a smoother look results. Without a contracting muscle beneath it, the skin has a difficult time wrinkling.

Typically, people will notice a younger appearance without being able to point out that you had a cosmetic procedure done, which creates a more natural, aging gracefully appearance. Some user even select to use Botox BEFORE they develop the early signs of aging to help stave off the onset of wrinkles.

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Since Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles, however, you should consult with a doctor first. For example, facial lines that exist when your face is totally relaxed are not very good candidates for Botox. These lines are better handled by the dermal fillers. A dermatologist can help advise you on the best course of action for your specific needs.

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