Got Bumps on the Back of Your Arms?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a slight increase in the number of patients walking through our doors with reddish to brownish bumps on their backs, arms, shoulders and chest. At first glance it may look like an acne-like outbreak on areas other than the face, but a closer look identifies the real culprit, Keratosis pilaris.
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There are actually a few different forms of Keratosis, and generally speaking, it’s a fairly common affliction particularly among those living in areas with consistently strong sun. If you or your spouse notices the unusual bumps, first try to moisturize the area every morning and night. If your regular lotion isn’t helping, we have a wide array of Germain Rx medicated lotions that will likely do the trick…just give us a call to set up a consultation and we’ll help you find exactly what you need.
In some rare cases, one form of Keratosis can be dangerous and precancerous. If moisturizing for a few days doesn’t solve the problem, be sure to set up an appointment at 843-881-4440 so we can diagnose the situation early and set up a treatment plan. The treatment is non-invasive and effective, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone if you sense you need our help!

Also we will be open this Saturday for cosmetic appointments, we know you’re busy, which is why we try our hardest to make it convenient for you to see us. 

The Ins and Outs of Contact Dermatitis

If you’ve ever experienced irritated and inflamed skin you have probably experienced a condition called contact dermatitis. There are two main causes for contact dermatitis; allergic reaction or contact with an irritant chemical. We know these conditions are uncomfortable and often times unsightly so we’re here to help. 

Let’s start by explaining the two types of contact dermatitis:

Allergic Contact Dermatitis– We are exposed to more chemicals then we could ever imagine each day. From the soap and shampoo we clean ourselves with to the dyes and materials in the clothes we wear. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused when your skin is exposed to a chemical that you’ve previously become sensitized to. The skin exposed to the chemical will appear reddish in color, feel irritated and appear scaly. If you feel this allergic reaction is happening to you, a doctor can easily test you with a patch test. With over 3,000 environmental allergens known to cause this reaction, you’re bound to experience contact dermatitis at some point in your life. 

Irritant Contact Dermatitis– The basics of Irritant contact dermatitis is chemical exposure to the skin that causes damage to the skin. It can be acute exposure such as strong solvents or non-corrosive acids to cumulative exposure meaning repeated exposure to irritating chemicals to 3rd degree chemical burns. The severity of the irritation is based on the individual’s skin. Those in contact with chemicals frequently, such as cleaning professionals often experience red, scaly, blotchy and irritated skin known as Irritant contact dermatitis. 
If you ever experience either one of these contact dermatitis conditions please call us at 843-881-4440 for a consultation. Dr. Germain has many years of experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of skin allergies and rashes. We will work together to help you find skin relief and make you as comfortable as possible in your skin! 
Dr. Germain also may introduce you to her Germain Rx Body Regimen, Smooth As Silk or other products to help you. To purchase Germain Rx products, click here

Don’t Be a Worry Wart

Warts…These skin growths while not cancerous or super dangerous are contagious and their appearance annoy most. Warts appear when the HPV virus infects the upper layer of the skin usually through in open cut or wound. It’s pretty easy to spot a wart on your body because they are typically skin colored but rough and appear raised. Dr. Germain will be able to determine if a marking on your skin is a wart by simply looking at it. 

While most of you know what warts look like you might be asking who, what and why?

Anyone can be exposed to the wart virus but there are a few demographics that are more prone. Those who have weakened immune systems, children and teens as well as those who bite their nails or pick hangnails are more likely to have warts. Children are more prone to have cuts and scrapes making it easier for the HPV virus to infect them, causing warts. 

Sometimes warts go away without treatment, especially for children patients. It does typically take longer for warts to disappear in adults so treatment from a dermatologist is usually the best course of action. It is important to treat your warts since they spread so quickly by touch or by touching any object that’s been in contact with the wart. There are multiple ways to treat a wart such as freezing it, with cantharidin and burning it are just a few common treatments. 

To read more about warts, go to the American Academy of Dermatology’s site here. 

The next time you see a small growth on your skin and think it’s a wart, don’t worry just give us a call at 843-881-4440 for a consultation and we’ll help you out!