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By Choice Dermatology
October 09, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Poison Ivy   Rash   Sumac   Oak   Itchy Skin  
ItchingSome many conditions and problems could lead to itchy skin; however, if you’ve been exposed to poison ivy, sumac, or oak you must be able to recognize the symptoms. It’s possible that you came into contact with poison ivy or any of these plants while on your typical walk or you may not even realize that the plants are hanging in your garden. If you do come into contact with poison ivy, sumac and oak here are what you should know.

You’re Allergic to the Oil from these Plants

Poison ivy secretes an oil known as urushiol. When a person comes in contact with the oils from these plants this causes an allergic reaction. You may notice a rash that forms in a straight line (as if you brushed against a poison ivy leaf). If you suspect that you’ve come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak, it’s important to wash your clothes immediately and to take a shower to prevent the oils from spreading further.

You Can Usually Treat It Yourself

While the rash can be unpleasant, symptoms should go away within 2-3 weeks. Since the rash can be quite itchy and uncomfortable, here are some ways to ease your symptoms:
  • Take cool, oatmeal baths to alleviate inflammation and itching
  • Apply calamine lotions to the skin to temporarily alleviate itching
  • Steroid creams (aka: cortisone cream) may also alleviate redness and inflammation
  • Apply cold compresses to the area when symptoms flare-up
  • Whatever you do, do not scratch your rash (this can lead to an infection)
Severe Symptoms Warrant a Doctor’s Visit

Some people have severe allergic reactions when they come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak. You must call your dermatologist as soon as possible if:
  • Pus develops on the rash
  • You also have a fever over 100 F
  • You experience severe itching
  • The rash keeps spreading
  • You aren’t sure whether the rash is caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • The rash spreads to the mouth or the eyes
  • Symptoms don’t improve within a week
From poison ivy rashes to psoriasis, a dermatologist can treat a wide range of skin conditions and provide you with the treatment you need. If you have concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, call your dermatologist right away.

By Choice Dermatology
October 06, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Different Treatments for Acne

If you suffer from acne, you know the discomfort, insecurity and even pain that can come with chronic cysts and blemishes. While everyone experiences the occasional breakout, acne that doesn't abate or respond to drugstore creams and solutions can be frustrating and distressing.

Those with severe acne may require professional intervention to effectively treat their blemishes and prevent them from coming back. At Choice Dermatology, with locations in Basking Ridge and Union, we offer several options for treating acne, and can help you find a solution that fits the needs of your skin.

Topical treatments

The most commonly used acne treatments are applied to the surface of the skin, penetrating the surface to reduce oiliness, kill bacteria and clear pores. These treatments usually come in cream, ointment or liquid form and contain powerful ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinol. Your dermatologist Dr. Marc Meulener can prescribe you a topical treatment with a higher percentage of these powerful ingredients than are available in over-the-counter versions.

Oral treatments

Medications are another method for treating acne. Taken orally, medications can help with cystic acne or especially red and swollen blemishing. Your dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria, or a medication that regulates hormone levels, like birth control, for females who experience flare-ups during certain stages of their menstrual cycle.

Isotretinoin, commonly known as Accutane, is another option, which uses a vitamin A derivative to treat nodular acne.

In-office treatments

Acne that doesn't respond to oral or topical medications may require treatments done in our Basking Ridge or Union offices. Light or laser therapy can be effective in killing the bacteria that causes acne, and those with blackheads may benefit from chemical peels. The chemicals used in-office are stronger and more effective than those found in drugstore pads or masks designed for acne-prone skin. We also offer acne facials done by a licensed aesthetician for the removal of blackheads a thorough cleaning of the skin.

For large cysts, your dermatologist may carefully extract the blemish after draining the fluid, relieving pain and reducing the chance of scarring your skin. To quickly diminish a large pimple, your dermatologist may offer a cortisone injection.

The specialists at Choice Dermatology are here to help you effectively treat your acne so feel and look great. Call our Basking Ridge, NJ office at 908-766-7546 or our Union, NJ office at 908-355-0112 today to make an appointment.