Problems with my skin
Are you one of those people who must deal with, “problems with my skin” once summer arrives? You are not alone, as many people find the hot and humid weather of Charlotte challenging for their skin. There are a number of skin conditions that become increasingly problematic as summer approaches. It is safe to assume that few things are more disruptive than a skin condition that burns and/or itches. It is also disturbing when during the season for tank tops and shorts, we are dealing with skin conditions that are often leaves us with unsightly bumps, cracking, crusting, swelling, or oozing skin. The conditions are only compounded when we experience bug bites or stings on our already itching and compromised skin. Sometimes the irritation is minor, but when problems with my skin condition becomes hard to figure out, or slow to resolve itself, it is time to have your skin evaluated by a Charlotte dermatologist.
Atopic dermatitis in the summer months
Atopic dermatitis is the medical term for what most people refer to as eczema. This is a skin condition that is usually identified by a rash that generally worsens in the colder months but also can be quite discomforting in warm and humid weather. The itching is caused or accompanied by dry skin, on the neck and in the skin fold areas of the arms, legs, chest in the summer months. It commonly appears as itchy, red, inflamed patches.
Hives and welts
Sometimes problems with my skin problems are the result of time spent outdoors. Many people develop allergic type conditions such as hives or welts. Hives are characterized by itchy, raised bumps that usually result from airborne or direct exposure to allergens, or from insect bites. Hives will vary in size from as small as a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate. Hives often last for a few hours to few days. Exposure to plants such as poison ivy or poison oak can lead to severe rashes, causing significant distress for exposed individuals. These rashes may even include blistering and crusting of the skin, taking weeks to resolve. If you are exposed to poison oak, ivy, or sumac, you should see a doctor for evaluation and treatment.
Yeast or bacterial infection
The combination of heat and friction can contribute to the growth of yeasts, fungi, and bacteria on the skin. The result is often rashes that may itch, burn, or change the color of the skin. One can prevent these types of skin infections by avoiding excessive exposure to heat and perspiration. If you are an active outdoors person or sports person, make sure that you wash with a gentle cleanser after heat exposure.
Skin condition analysis by a Ballantyne dermatologist
Should you develop a summertime rash or skin condition, please contact the Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte, where you will receive high quality, innovative skin treatments, and cosmetic dermatology in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox® treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Located in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis.