Skin Discoloration

Skin Discoloration Skin discoloration is a common condition that occurs mostly from sun exposure, and leads the skin to become darkened in certain areas or patches. These areas, usually brown, are a collection of pigment called melanin. Melanin is produced by the skin, and absorbs ultraviolet rays to protect the body from the sun. Increased melanin leads to increased discoloration. Anyone can be affected by skin discoloration, but generally lighter-skinned individuals are at greater risk for discoloration and cancer. Some common forms of skin discoloration include freckles, melasma, and age spots. Book Appointment with Dr. W. Moody, M.D. Freckles: Freckles, medically […]

Is There a Known Cure For Rosacea?

Rosacea Rosacea is a chronic, non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition affecting about 14 million Americans, usually between the ages of 30 and 60. It is characterized by a flushing redness of the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead, and may produce small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. Rosacea appears to affect more fair-skinned people than dark, though it can affect any skin type. Book Appointment with Dr. W. Moody, M.D. As the condition progresses, flushing becomes more persistent and noticeable. In severe cases, most of the face is affected. The disorder affects more women than men, but is generally more severe for […]

Rashes Can Affect Localized Areas Of The Body

Suffering From Rash? A rash is the term to describe a change in the skin that affects its color, appearance or texture. Rashes may cause the skin to become red, itchy, bumpy, dry, cracked, blistered, or swollen, and may be painful. Rashes can affect localized areas of the body, or may spread throughout the body. Causes: The causes of rashes vary widely. Symptoms of many rashes are similar, often making them a challenge to diagnosis. Because the causes are numerous, they are also often difficult to treat. Treatment will focus on relieving symptoms after a sometimes-estimated diagnosis. Often rashes will […]

Hives Appear in Various Shapes and Sizes

Urticaria Hives, medically referred to as urticaria, are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin that appear in various shapes and sizes. They can appear round, in rings, or as patches on the skin, and can afflict any part of the body. An estimated 5% of people will suffer from hives at some point in their lives. Hives tend to change rapidly and move around the body, disappearing in one area and reappearing in another, sometimes with a few hours. Swelling deeper in the skin that may accompany hives is known as angioedema. Swelling from angioedema usually affects the eyes, […]

Fungi: Fungal Infections Are Caused By Variety Of Conditions

Fungus Fungi are single or multi-cellular organisms that cause skin infections. Fungi can be true pathogens, which cause infections in healthy people, or opportunistic pathogens, which cause infections in immune-compromised patients. A common type of fungus is yeast, which is already present in the human body, but when levels increase, can result in infection. Dematophytes are fungal organisms that grow on the human body and infect the top layer of skin as well as nails or hair. There are different types of fungal infections, and each can appear in different areas of the body. Some symptoms include: rash, itchy blisters, […]

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a somewhat rare disorder affecting about 2.8% of Americans. It most often affects the palms, feet and face, causing embarrassment, staining clothing, and complicating social interactions. In some cases, hyperhidrosis can affect a person’s ability to perform simple tasks such as holding a pen, gripping a steering wheel, or shaking hands. It is estimated that over half of sufferers of hyperhidrosis do not seek treatment, in some cases because they do not realize it is available. Fortunately, there is hope. If treated properly, the symptoms of hyperhidrosis can be eliminated entirely for […]

Age Spots Are Caused By Consistent Exposure To The Sun

Liver Spots or Solar Lentigines Age spots, sometimes referred to as “liver spots” or solar lentigines, are flat gray, brown or black spots found on the skin. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Age spots are caused by consistent exposure to the sun, and therefore generally occur in adults older that 40, though they can affect younger people as well. Most age spots are harmless and do not require treatment. Book Appointment with Dr. W. Moody, M.D. Treatment If you are unhappy with the appearance of age spots, there are a variety […]

Acne: The Four Key Contributing Elements

The Eruptive Skin Disease Acne is a general term for eruptive skin disease. There are many types of acne including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, and cystic. Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, affecting 40 to 50 million Americans. Acne generally occurs in teenagers and young adults, though it can affect anyone. 85% of teenagers in America will develop acne each year. What Causes Acne? Though the exact cause of acne has not been determined, research has shown that four key elements contribute to acne. They are: excess oil, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation. During adolescence, […]

How Many Treatments Does It Take To Remove Spider Veins?

What are spider veins? Spider veins are very small varicose veins and telangiectasias. They are thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin’s surface and are commonly red or purple in appearance. These dilated vessels may be short, unconnected lines, or connected in a matted “sunburst” pattern. They may also appear web-like or like branches from a tree. Spider veins are most frequently found on the legs and face, but could be found anywhere on the body. Generally they are not considered a health hazard, but patients may experience a burning, stinging or dull aching pain after prolonged standing. […]

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Treatment As one of the most exciting and innovative scientific achievements to date, laser technology is being utilized throughout the health care community. Dr. Derrick Moody uses one of the newest lasers to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles and scars in a procedure called laser skin resurfacing. What is a laser? The word “laser” is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin […]

Top Dermatologist in Lawrenceville GA – Tip of the Day

The primary cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation—most often from the sun, but also from artificial sources like sunlamps and tanning booths. In fact, researchers believe that our quest for the perfect tan, an increase in outdoor activities, and perhaps the thinning of the earth’s protective ozone layer are behind the alarming rise we’re now seeing in skin cancers.