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Getting to the source of the itch



Contact dermatitis is a common allergic skin reaction. So common that it is often misdiagnosed or treated improperly. You don’t have to suffer with itchy, scaly, reddened skin. A trip to your dermatologist can help you determine what is at the root of your dermatitis, and bring relief.

Poison ivy and nickel are the most common triggers. Most people know or suspect if they’ve been exposed to poison ivy or at least recognize the signature blisters and itch. But you may not be aware of the many ways your skin is exposed to nickel metal. It is in jewelry, coins, zippers, eyeglass frames, and mobile phones that can cause dermatitis on face or other body parts. In addition, harsh chemicals (such as those used by hair stylists) are often the source of dermatitis on the hands.

Dr. W Dermatology will talk with you about detergents, cosmetics, and lifestyle habits that could be causing your skin condition. The doctor may also recommend a painless skin patch test to be sure of the cause. You’ll learn about gentle alternative products and ways to avoid the irritant. Meanwhile, topical cortisone ointments, oral medication, or injections will soothe your symptoms.

Four things everyone should know about sun safety

Sunny summer vacations may be over, but the need to protect your skin from cancer-causing rays is a year round job. One of every five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer, including melanoma, the most serious (and potentially fatal) type.

Here are four important concepts to keep skin healthy:
  • Understand ultraviolet. UVA rays infiltrate deep layers of skin, disrupting the cell structure and weakening the immune system. Both factors contribute to skin cancer. UVB rays cause surface sunburn, which also increases risk of skin cancer. Both types of UV come from the sun. Exposure from tanning beds provides high dosages of UVA light without burning and is also unsafe.
  • Tan is damage. The harm builds over time, aging skin prematurely. If you like a golden glow, use self-tanners or bronzers, with sunscreen.
  • Protection works. Full spectrum sunscreen rated at least SPF 30 blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Put it on all over, every day, even in winter. Shade and protective clothing also make a big difference.
  • Get your D safely. Vitamin D is an important bone-building nutrient. Find it in salmon, dairy products, orange juice, and cereal rather than risking sun exposure.
Visit Dr. W Dermatology for more tips on skin that looks and feels terrific every season.
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