Dermatologic Conditions Common to the Charleston Area

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Rashes, Outbreaks, and More

In addition to skin cancer and acne, Germain Dermatology offers diagnosis and treatment for a variety of dermatologic conditions, whether genetic, disease-based, or environmental.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic dermatologic condition characterized by redness and easy flushing; it can affect parts of the face, the entire face, and the neck, chest, and back. More severe, or advanced, rosacea can include swelling, breakouts, visible blood vessels, and irritated, red eyes.

Aside from lowered self-confidence, rosacea most often causes extremely sensitive skin, making it harder to cope with and treat. Luckily, treatment for rosacea has advanced in recent years. You can be assured that you have better treatment options now than patients suffering from this dermatologic condition in the past.

Although there is no cure for rosacea, there are many topical, oral, and laser treatment options to help control flare-ups and ease symptoms. Our medical professionals have the knowledge and experience to customize a treatment plan that is best for you and your needs.

Speak to the Germain Dermatology team today about dermatologic conditions in the Charleston area. Call (843) 881–4440 or request a consultation online.

Rashes/Skin Allergies

Rashes and skin allergies can be unsightly and terribly uncomfortable, causing irritation, itching, or both.

Our medical professionals have many years of experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of rashes and allergies. We can use this knowledge of these dermatologic conditions to assess your situation and determine the optimal treatment plan to help you achieve fast relief.

Germain Dermatology offers patch testing to identify and treat a variety of skin allergies. This method can test more than 150 different allergens to determine if a specific substance causes a reaction. We also offer blood testing to check for environmental and food allergens.

Warts

Warts are small, rough, non-cancerous growths on the surface of the skin, caused by the human papilloma virus, better known as HPV. Men and women alike are more likely to contract these viruses via a cut or damage to the skin. Warts come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be found on various parts of the body.

Wart viruses are contagious. This dermatologic condition can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart, through shaving or other means of contact. It can take months for a wart to be large enough to see.

Warts are harmless and most go away on their own, however dermatologists do treat them, since this dermatologic condition can be embarrassing and sometimes painful, especially on the feet. If warts hurt, multiply, or do not go away, seeking a dermatologist for help is recommended. There are many treatment methods depending on the wart, location, and patient’s preference. Germain Dermatology offers cryotherapy, immunotherapy, and laser therapy to effectively and efficiently treat warts.

Eczema

Many people suffer from chronic inflamed and irritated skin, usually diagnosed as atopic dermatitis, better known as eczema. There are many theories on why people have this dermatologic condition: genetics, geography, or pre-existing diseases. Flare-ups are caused by an overactive immune system making skin irritated, itchy, dry, blistered or flaky.

There are many options for treatment depending on the severity, location, medical history, and routines of each patient.

Dr. Marguerite Germain, M.D.
"Voted Charleston's Best Dermatologist consecutively for 12 years."

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not really a dermatologic condition, but a chronic autoimmune condition that results in the overproduction of skin cells. The dead cells build up into silvery-white scales, causing the skin to become inflamed, red, and itchy. While there is no cure for psoriasis, our experienced staff can help alleviate the condition with treatments such as topical medication and biologics. Phototherapy with an excimer laser, which delivers focused light into the treatment area, can help patients with even severe psoriasis symptoms. Eight to 10 treatment sessions may be required to give patients up to six months of remission, though even a single treatment is enough to make an improvement in plaques.

Hair Loss

Hair loss, known as alopecia, affects men and women of all ages. Many factors can contribute to the problem, including genes, stress, autoimmune disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and chemo radiation. Many causes of hair loss related to dermatologic conditions can be stopped or treated with help from a trained dermatologist.

Treatment options include non-prescription or prescription medications, PRP, laser treatments, and surgical procedures. Based on the medical assessment and the cause of the hair loss, our medical professionals can determine the most effective treatment for you.

Herpes

Like warts, herpes is caused by a virus. There are two variations: HSV-1 and HSV-2. The most common contraction is the HSV-1 variety, which includes the dermatologic conditions of cold sores, fever blisters, and herpes of the mouth. HSV-2 consists of genital herpes. Tingling, itching, or burning can take place before any evidence of a sore is ever present.

Like most viruses, herpes, is contagious by contact. One can carry the virus without any symptoms, making it hard to control spreading. There are medications that can help reduce the amount of breakouts and shorten the length of a breakout.

Perioral Dermatitis

This dermatologic condition causes the skin around the mouth to become inflamed, manifesting as small bumps or scales and red skin that can also sometimes spread upward to appear around the nose and eyes. Frequently triggered by the use of topical steroid creams, perioral dermatitis can be diagnosed by a dermatologist, who will then direct you in stopping the use of the creams and possibly in taking oral antibiotics.

Melasma

Discolored skin on the face, typically appearing as brown or gray patches, may be melasma, caused by sun exposure and hormone fluctuations. Though this chronic dermatologic condition is strictly cosmetic, it can have a great effect on self esteem and self confidence. There are a variety of treatments available that can lighten the patches and even out skin pigmentation.

Request a consultation to discuss these or other dermatologic conditions at the Charleston area's Germain Dermatology, or call (843) 881–4440.