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    Exploring Some Common Causes and Symptoms of Eczema

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Eczema affects about 15 million Americans. It’s most common in very young children, and about half of affected kids outgrow it. The remainder face periodic eczema outbreaks throughout their lives. If you have eczema, it’s important to work closely with your dermatologist to find a treatment plan the works for you. The right care can help keep your symptoms under control. What causes eczema and how can you recognize the symptoms? Here is what you need to know.

    Causes
    Dermatologists aren’t sure about exactly what causes eczema, but there are several known triggers. Eczema tends to run in families and is also more common in people who have a family history of allergies or asthma. Irritating skin products, including harsh soaps and fragranced skin care products, can cause eczema outbreaks in some people. Allergies to pollen, pet dander, and even food can lead to symptoms, as can wool fabric and tight clothing. People who live in low-humidity climates are more susceptible to eczema, since the dry air can irritate the skin. For some people, stress plays a major role in eczema symptoms. Stress can lead to flare-ups and can make it more difficult to care for your symptoms properly.

    Symptoms
    Eczema is characterized by dry, scaly, thick skin patches and small bumps and blisters that often ooze when they are scratched. Skin is also usually itchy, red, and irritated. Adult eczema sufferers tend to have outbreaks on their hands. In children, eczema often appears in areas that bend, including the backs of the knees and inner elbows. Babies may get eczema on their faces, backs, and scalps.

    Let the dermatologists at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology help you beat your eczema symptoms. Our Chicago doctors are also anti-aging experts and offer treatments to help keep your face and body looking their best, including laser treatments and CoolSculpting. Learn more about our dermatology services and make an appointment by calling (877) 410-3027.

    Tips for Managing Melasma

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Melasma is a common condition marked by brown discolored patches on the face. Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes it, but it’s common after sun exposure and during pregnancy. This video examines melasma triggers and explains how your dermatologist can help.

    If you’re suffering from melasma, a few skin care steps can help you manage your symptoms. Wear sunscreen daily and avoid irritating skin products. Birth control pills and hormone therapy can increase your chances of having melasma, as can waxing. Talk to your dermatologist about melasma treatments to control your skin discoloration.

    For more information about melasma treatments, make an appointment at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. Our doctors provide general and cosmetic dermatology services, including anti-aging treatments. Find out more by calling our Chicago dermatology practice at (877) 410-3027.

    5 Tips to Help Prevent Eczema

    Last updated 17 days ago

    The scaly, pink skin patches associated with an eczema outbreak can cause discomfort and embarrassment. The goods news for sufferers is that by working with your dermatologist and practicing a good home skin care regimen, you can control your eczema symptoms. Along with your dermatologist’s recommendations, put these eczema prevention tips into action.

    Manage Your Baths and Showers
    Showers and baths can have a positive effect on your eczema under the right circumstances. They can moisturize your skin, wash away skin irritants that may be inflaming your symptoms, and even help ease stress that can make outbreaks worse. However, limit yourself to 10-minute showers or baths and use lukewarm water. Longer sessions and water hot enough to redden your skin will strip away vital moisture.

    Moisturize While Wet
    Post-shower, you can further improve hydration by moisturizing your skin while it is still wet. Blot your skin to dry gently—don’t rub with your towel, as you’ll remove essential oils. Apply your moisturizer while your skin is damp to lock in some of the water from the shower. Aim for moisturizing within three minutes of showering or bathing.

    Use Ointments
    Although lotions can help people with mild eczema, people with severe cases should use ointments to soothe their skin. Ointments contain a high level of oil, which helps ease cracked, irritated skin. Keep in mind that ointments can be greasy, so use with caution on areas that get particularly sweaty.

    Employ Application Smarts
    Don’t irritate your eczema outbreaks by roughly rubbing your moisturizers into your skin. To properly moisturize, start by applying any topical medicines prescribed by your dermatologist. Then, apply your moisturizer in gentle, downward strokes, and allow to absorb completely before dressing.

    Try a Humidifier
    Humidifiers help create moist air, which eases eczema symptoms. Some systems release steam while others set off evaporated air.  Just be sure to clean your humidifier regularly to avoid the spread of bacteria and fungus.

    Your Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology doctor can help you keep your eczema symptoms in check. Our dermatologist also offer cosmetic treatments, including laser treatments, Zeltiq, and anti-aging care. Make your Chicago dermatology appointment today by calling (877) 410-3027.

    The Importance of Skin Cancer Screenings

    Last updated 24 days ago

    As with most forms of cancer, early detection saves lives when it comes to skin cancer. This is especially true of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, which is the cause of a majority of skin cancer deaths. However, catching all types of skin cancer in their earliest stages can improve treatment outcomes and allow for less invasive treatments.

    Dermatologists and patients have to work in partnership when it comes to finding skin cancer. Patients should be alert to changes in their skin and report them to their dermatologists. Patients should also talk to their dermatologists about performing home skin checks to monitor for skin cancer symptoms. In the office, dermatologists can perform regular skin cancer screenings to catch any abnormal growths.

    At Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, our doctors recommend annual skin cancer screenings for most of our patients. To make your appointment for a screening or to learn more about our dermatology services, call our Chicago office at (877) 410-3027.

    Inside the Laser Hair Removal Process

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Between waxing, shaving, and even using hair removal creams, many women and men find themselves resorting to exhausting and less-than-effective hair removal remedies week after week. Thanks to modern laser treatment technology, however, dermatology clients no longer have to feel like a slave to their razor or at-home wax kit. Today's effective laser hair removal process works by permanently removing hairs by exposing them to a strong flash of light. Maximum results are achieved in just five to ten sessions.

    Those who have elected to undergo laser hair removal quickly realize just how much time they've wasted over the years using temporary treatments. All of our providers are experienced in performing laser treatments for hair removal and can help you achieve smooth, stubble-free skin. Call Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology at (877) 410-3027 to learn more about laser treatment.

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