Posts for category: Skin Conditions
Find out how your dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, can get your psoriasis flare-ups under control for the long-term!
If you are noticing red, scaly patches on your skin you may be wondering what’s going on. When these symptoms do appear, you may find them to be unsightly and embarrassing. Most people even go as far as to hide their symptoms under long-sleeve shirts or pants so no one else can see. Even though psoriasis cannot be cured, our dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record, have a variety of ways to get your flare-ups under control!
Treating Your Psoriasis
When it comes to treating your psoriasis symptoms, the goal of any skin doctor is to reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. This includes everything from inflammation to the red patches on your skin. To accomplish this, there are three main kinds of treatments:
If you are dealing with mild or moderate psoriasis then topical medication alone may be all you need to treat your condition. Those with severe psoriasis may also benefit from topical treatments (e.g. creams and lotions) but they will often be used in combination with other medication options. The purpose of topical treatment is to target both itching and inflammation.
Common topical treatments for psoriasis include,
- Vitamin D
- Calcineurin inhibitors
- Coal tar
- Salicylic acid
Another way to treat psoriasis is through light therapy, a treatment also known as phototherapy. By exposing your skin to natural sunlight, the inflammation and scaling on your body can often be reduced. Although receiving short bursts of sunlight every day can be enough to improve mild psoriasis, you must make sure that you aren’t getting too much sun. This is something we can discuss when you come into our office for a consultation.
Another option is UVB phototherapy, which can also be great for targeting mild or moderate psoriasis. This versatile treatment can target a single plaque or more widespread symptoms, carrying with it the possibility of being more effective where other treatments haven’t been.
Patients dealing with severe or resistant psoriasis may need oral or injectable medication in order to see a difference in their symptoms. Common oral or injectable medications include,
- Biologics (medications that act on the immune system)
Give us a call!
Are you dealing with symptoms of psoriasis? Want to find out how to get your symptoms under control? Then call one of Atlas Dermatology's offices in either Prairieville or Baton Rouge, LA, today to schedule an appointment with us. Dial (225) 313-4560 to reach either location!
Do you think you have a wart and need a consultation from your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, doctor?
Warts come in all different shapes, forms, and color: flat, smooth, dome-shaped, cauliflower-like and light or dark. Although you don't need to worry about warts being cancerous, they can still be an unsightly image. Read on to learn how Drs. William Massengale, Jessica LeBlanc, and Ashley Record, in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, can help take care of your wart issue!
More about Warts
Wart are transmitted from person-to-person and from one body part to another. They're usually painless and may not need medication to be treated, but it does take time for them to go away.
Types of warts include,
- Common Warts: These skin-colored warts appear on the back of fingers, toes, and knees.
- Filiform Warts: These warts are long, narrow, and flesh-colored stalks that appear around a person's eyelids, face, neck, or lips.
- Plantar Warts: These warts appear on children's feet and are usually flesh-colored.
- Genital Warts: These warts are flesh-colored, red, or pink and appear in the genital and/or around the anus.
- Flat warts: These warts are smooth, flat and small. Teenagers are more susceptible to this white, slightly raised, flesh-colored warts.
- Subungual and periungual warts: These pin-sized warts grow to be pea-sized and appear as rough growths around the fingernails and/or toenails.
During a consultation at one of our offices in either Prairieville or Baton Rouge, your dermatologists may recommend one of the following treatment approaches:
- Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen that freezes off the wart.
- Electrosurgery: Electric current that kills tissue.
- Salicylic acid preparations: Gels, pads, drops, and plasters that dissolve the wart in 4 to 6 weeks.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
You shouldn't ignore warts. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure to dial (225) 313-4560 to contact your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologists today!
You know that acne is a common teen skin condition, but did you also know that it commonly still plagues adults as well? If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from frustrating and unsightly outbreaks of acne, why not consult with one of the physicians at Atlas Dermatology in both Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA? Drs. William Massengale, Jessica LeBlanc, and Ashley Record all have the skill and compassion necessary to help you manage your acne so that you have clearer skin and a brighter outlook.
What is Acne?
Acne consists of pimples (blackheads and whiteheads), papules, cysts, or pustules which spread across the forehead, cheeks, neck, shoulders, back, and chest. Left untreated, repeated outbreaks cause noticeable scarring, not to mention the continual discomfort and embarrassment that most acne sufferers experience.
Acne lesions develop because individual skin pores become blocked with excess sebum (oil) and dead skin cells. The American Academy of Dermatology says acne is influenced by:
- The hormonal fluctuations of adolescence and even menopause
- Poor skin hygiene and accumulation of a particular kind of bacteria
- Oily skin
How Atlas Dermatology in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, Can Help
Simply arrange a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists who will examine your skin and map out a treatment plan unique to your needs and lifestyle. Common treatments include:
- Topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin (vitamin A)
- Oral medications such as birth control pills and antibiotics (when lesions become infected)
- Surgical extraction (done in the office)
- Chemical peels
- Light treatments which eradicate bacteria
Your doctor will encourage you to be patient with your treatments as acne can be very stubborn. Optimal results usually take about six weeks, no matter the treatment regimen.
While you cannot prevent all acme outbreaks completely, you can manage them. Your dermatologist may suggest:
- Gentle once a day washing of affected areas with a recommended acne wash
- Never using a hard scrubber or washcloth, but rather, using the fingertips to exfoliate the skin
- Avoiding tanning and fatty foods
- Never squeezing or picking at acne blemishes
- Keeping your hands away from your face as touching it may increase the number and severity of flare-ups
Find out more
Please don't wait on treating your acne—you deserve a nice complexion that you can be proud of! Please contact Atlas Dermatology today for an appointment and to start on your way towards healthier skin. For either the Baton Rouge or Prairieville locations, call (225) 313-4560.
Despite greater awareness and education about the dangers of sun damage and overexposure, skin cancer diagnoses have been on the rise in recent years, especially among younger adults. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. As with most types of cancer, prevention and early detection are the keys to successful treatment. The dermatologists at Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record, recommend regular skin cancer screenings and taking precautions to lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA
There are three types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell
- Squamous cell
Skin cancers typically develop in areas of the body that receive the most exposure to the sun, but they can develop anywhere. Knowing the signs and symptoms of skin cancer is important in order to receive a timely diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist if you notice changes to existing moles, new growths, rashes or scaly patches, or sores that don't heal properly.
The treatment options depend on the severity and type of skin cancer. If a growth or lesion looks suspicious, the dermatologist may remove it and send it to the lab for a biopsy. In some cases, removing the mole or lesion is all that is necessary. Melanoma is the most likely to spread to other parts of the body if left untreated, in which case surgery, medication, radiation, and chemotherapy may be necessary.
Taking common-sense precautions against sun damage and familiarizing yourself with your personal risk factors can help you lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Find a Dermatologist in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA
For more information about skin cancer prevention, warning signs, and treatment options, contact Atlas Dermatology to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists by calling (225) 313-4560 in Baton Rouge or (225) 313-4560 in Prairieville.
Noticing some changes in a mole? It might be time to get it checked out.
When was the last time you performed a self-exam on your skin? If you don’t know, or if you haven’t been doing this, it’s important that you start. After all, early detection of melanoma and non-melanoma growths is vitally important for your health. Our Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologists Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record are here to offer some helpful tips on what to check for when it comes to suspicious moles.
Know Your ABCDEs
Learning your ABCs didn’t just come in handy as a child, it can also help you detect skin cancer, as well. Here are the ABCDEs that you should follow when it comes to checking your skin:
Asymmetry: One half of the mole doesn’t look the same as the other half (healthy moles are symmetrical)
Border: Moles that have jagged, poorly defined borders
Color: Moles that contain multiple colors (healthy moles should be a single color)
Diameter: Moles that are larger than 6mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)
Evolving: Moles that change in color, shape or size, as you get older (moles should stay the same over time)
Everyone should come in once a year for a routine skin cancer screening, even if they don’t have any risk factors. Of course, those with a personal or family history of skin cancer might want to come in more regularly for checkups. You’ll also want to make sure that you are dedicated to performing monthly self-exams. During your screening we can give you pointers for how to perform a comprehensive and thorough skin examination on yourself.
Of course there are ways to prevent skin cancer. Make sure that you are always wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day that has at least an SPF of 30 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply a generous amount to your face and body about 20 minutes before going outside and make sure to reapply every two hours (or immediately after getting out of the water).
Wear protective clothing that doesn’t allow the rays to penetrate as easily through the fabric. Don’t forget to sport sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when going outside. When outside opt for shady areas rather than sitting directly in the sun. Whenever possible, try to avoid being in the sun for long periods of time between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, is here to provide comprehensive dermatology for the whole family. No matter if you are concerned about the health of your skin or just want to schedule your annual skin cancer screening, give us a call today.