Discover more about this common skin condition, and what you can do to treat your itchy symptoms.
What are hives? What are the symptoms of hives?
Also referred to as urticaria, hives are characterized by an outbreak of red bumps that suddenly show up on skin. Hives can appear anywhere on the body and often cause itching, burning and stinging. Some hives may be small, while others might form alongside other bumps to create larger swellings.
What causes hives?
The most common causes of hives are foods, medications, and infections. Hives can also be triggered by insect bites. Foods that often bring about hives include dairy, fish, nuts and eggs. Medications such as aspirin and other overthecounter antiinflammatories like ibuprofen have also been known to cause hives.
There is another form of hives known as physical urticaria, which is triggered by and external physical factor such as cold, pressure, heat, exercise or sweating. This variety of hives usually appears within an hour after contact with one of these elements.
Are hives dangerous?
The majority of hives outbreaks are not dangerous however, if you also experience dizziness, problems breathing, swelling of the face or tightness in your chest, then you should call for emergency assistance immediately! These can be signs of a lifethreatening allergic reaction.
How are hives treated?
If you know what might be triggering your outbreaks, the best thing you can do is remove the trigger right away and avoid it as much as possible. Some people are able to take overthe-counter antihistamines like Benadryl to help relieve the itching. However, those with chronic hives may need to take a stronger antihistamine in combination with corticosteroids.
If you experience a severe outbreak, an epinephrine injection will need to be administered right away. Again, seek medical attention immediately!
To help relieve symptoms until the hives go away, you can also apply cold compresses to the areas to help ease any burning or itching. Also keep your bedroom and living space cool and opt for roomier clothing that won’t rub against the infected areas and exacerbate itching.
How long do hives last?
Some cases of hives clear up in only a few hours, while some can last for a full day before starting to fade.
If you are dealing with a nasty bout of hives that overthecounter remedies don’t seem to fix, then it might be time to talk to your dermatologist about other treatment options. Call our office to schedule an appointment right away!
Ugh. That unwanted hair is so disturbing. A mustache line, chin hairs, and more occupy too much personal hygiene time, and shaving and hair removal creams produce less than satisfactory results. What's your solution? Ask the experts at Dermatology Specialists in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA. The seven dermatologists and their highly-trained staff offer laser hair removal that eliminates those problem hairs, leaving you with beautiful, maintenance-free skin.
Who needs laser hair removal?
Both men and women want certain areas of their skin smooth and hair-free. Whether it's the arms, face, armpits, bikini line, chest, shoulders, or legs, anyone's hair follicles can be extremely active. Laser hair removal at Dermatology Specialists in Oceanside creates the perfect look patients long for, and it's all done safely and conveniently right in the office.
Your medical and cosmetic dermatology professionals use the inventive and FDA-approved GentleLASE handheld laser to inactivate bothersome hair follicles. Delivering small bursts of highly concentrated light, the GentleLASE laser produces excellent results without painful or embarrassing side effects.
Treatments with the GentleLASE laser
Your dermatologist will determine if your skin type and hair color are right for laser hair removal. if you are a candidate, expect to undergo four to six treatments at three- to four-week intervals. Each procedure takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the treated areas and their dimensions.
After each treatment, you may notice some redness, puffiness and tenderness, but this resolves quickly. Also, you'll see your unwanted hair gradually disappear. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that laser hair removal is safe and effective for people of all ages but works best when the body hair is dark.
In addition, because the laser disturbs the growth cycle of selected hair follicles, multiple treatments are necessary for a completely hair-free look and feel. Results, however, last indefinitely--up to many years, in fact, reports the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Treatments with the Diolaze Laser
The benefits of the Diolaze Laser for hair removal is that it can cover a large area during treatment, making it a fast and effective treatment. The laser works by heating up the root of the hairs, which works to prevent hair growth. It’s a virtually painless treatment due to its built-in cooling system. Our dermatologists can help you determine how many treatments are needed, with results visible after about 4-6 sessions.
Are you interested in smooth, beautiful skin?
Then, come to one of our seven locations for a skin care consultation. Ask questions, and your dermatologist will explain your care plan fully. We know you'll love the results from laser hair removal Call us today for an appointment in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA.
Find out what this autoimmune disorder means for your skin health.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million Americans and five million people globally have some form of lupus. While lupus can affect both men and women, about 90 percent of those with diagnosed lupus are women between the ages of 15 to 44. Even though this chronic autoimmune disease affects millions, significantly less than half of people are actually somewhat familiar with the disease.
So, what exactly is lupus, how can you contract this disorder and what treatment options are available?
Our immune system is meant to attack foreign agents in our body to fight diseases and other infections. However, if you have been diagnosed with lupus then your immune system actually responds by attacking the healthy cells within your body. This ultimately causes damage to certain organs in the body like your heart, skin and brain.
There are different types of lupus; however, the most common form is systemic lupus erythematosis. Discoid lupus is known for causing a persistent skin rash, subacute cutaneous lupus causes skin sores when exposed to the sun, druginduced lupus is the result of a certain medication and neonatal lupus affects infants.
Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to handling your lupus symptoms. While symptoms can be severe and affect your daily life talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Lupus Risk Factors
While anyone can develop lupus, women are more likely to develop this condition. Also, African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian women are at an increased risk over Caucasian women. While the cause is unknown, some research has found that perhaps genes play an influential role in the development of lupus; however, there are several factors that could be at play.
Those with lupus may experience some or all of these symptoms:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Joint pain and swelling
- Skin rashes, most commonly found on the face
- Chest pain when breathing deeply
- Loss of hair
- Pale fingers and toes
- Sun sensitivity
- Mouth sores
- Extreme fatigue
- Leg or eye swelling
- Swollen glands
These symptoms may not be present all the time. Those with lupus have flareups in which the symptoms will appear for a little while and then go away. Also new symptoms may also arise at any time.
If you’ve been diagnosed with lupus then you will most likely need to see several specialists regarding your condition. If you are dealing with skin sores and rashes, then you will want to talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment plan for you. About 40 to 70 percent of those with lupus experience symptoms when exposed to sunlight.
When you come in our office for treatment our goal is to find certain medications that can reduce pain, swelling and redness and prevent further flareups. Furthermore, we will recommend a sunscreen and other lifestyle changes that can help to protect your skin from damaging sun exposure.
Find out the most effective ways to remove a wart.
The common wart is a small tumor caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can occur anywhere on the body. They may come and go over the years. The HPV infection can produce everything from the common, noncancerous wart, to cancerous warts of the mouth or genitals.
Since a virus causes warts, these benign growths are also contagious. Sharing towels and clothing, or even just coming in contact with their wart can cause the virus to spread. The good news is that most warts often go away on their own without treatment; however, it can often take months or even years for them to go away. If the wart is unsightly or in an uncomfortable spot then you may want to have it removed. Here are some of the top ways to effectively remove a wart yourself.
Salicylic Acid Treatment
Salicylic acid treatment can come in several forms including pads or gels. They can be used to get rid of a variety of different kinds of warts from the small ones to the large, lumpier ones. Salicylic acid works by breaking down the protein that makes up the layers of the wart.
At Home Freezing
While your dermatologist is able to remove warts with liquid nitrogen, if you’re looking to remove the wart yourself, then you can also opt for aerosol wart removals that can be sprayed on the wart to freeze it. While the overthecounter products are nearly as effective as the freezing methods your dermatologist can use, many patients still find athome freezing to be just as effective.
If none of these athome treatments remove your wart, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist about other treatment options. Keep in mind that even the most effective wart treatment can’t guarantee that the wart won’t grow back. This is because most of the treatments available only get rid of the wart but not the actual virus.
If you’re dealing with a painful or unsightly wart but overthecounter treatments aren’t working, then it’s time to call our dermatology office today.
It’s important to know what warning signs to look for when it comes to skin cancer.
Early detection is key when it comes to skin cancer. Of course, this means understanding and knowing what to look for so that you can come in for an evaluation if something looks amiss. Our Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA, dermatologists think it’s necessary for everyone, no matter whether they have risk factors or not, to perform thorough self-exams.
You should evaluate every part of your body, from the scalp down to between your toes (No joke!). Skin cancer can develop anywhere, and most of the time it’s in a less-than-obvious place. Be sure to check all moles and growths on your body. It’s important to understand that healthy moles shouldn’t change over time. If they are starting to look different this could be an early warning sign of skin cancer.
So, what should you look for when performing your self-exams? The best approach is to follow your ABCDEs when it comes to examining and inspecting your skin for potential skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer). Here’s what ABCDE stands for:
As we mentioned before, moles stay the same over time. If you start to notice changes (evolving) such as itching, bleeding, or crusting then it’s time to call your dermatologist. Healthy moles are also symmetrical, which means that you could draw an invisible line down the middle of the mole and both sides would look identical in shape, size, and color. Asymmetrical moles are warning signs of a potentially malignant growth.
Healthy moles will also have a perfectly defined border. If the border of a mole is jagged or poorly defined this is something that needs to be checked out. The same goes for color. Moles should only contain one color. While a mole can range in color, if it contains multiple shades of brown, black, white, red, or even blue then it’s time to schedule a skin evaluation.
Lastly, size matters when it comes to moles. In most cases, a healthy mole will be smaller than the size of a pencil eraser. If a mole is larger it’s worth having it checked out. While melanoma does tend to be larger, some healthy moles can be larger than normal and some malignant moles can be smaller than a pencil eraser. If you are suspicious of any growth, we say, have it checked out just to play it safe.
If you are concerned about any changes to your skin it’s important that you talk to a dermatologist right away. Turn to the skin cancer experts at Dermatology Specialists serving Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA. No matter whether you are dealing with issues or you just need to schedule a routine screening, call us today.
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