• General Dermatology in the Greater Hattiesburg Area

    by Lauren Aycock, FNP-BC
    on Nov 1st, 2017

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   At Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center we offer a comprehensive list of services to the cities of Hattiesburg, Petal, Collins, and Ellisville, Mississippi. These services include cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology, and general dermatology. Cosmetic dermatology deals with aesthetics and appearance beyond that of just general skin health and surgical dermatology is self-explanatory, but what exactly does general dermatology encompass? If I were to ask you what general dermatology meant, you might be able to regurgitate maybe five examples of what it is we treat. In an effort to further educate the public so that we may better serve you, I wanted to write a blog that discussed this side of our profession in a little more depth in order to provide more clarity than the vague description “general dermatology” offers.

 

Below I have provided a brief, but specific, list of services that we offer at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center that could be categorized as “general”. There are many topics listed that one or more of our providers have blogged about on our page.

  1. Acne: this happens to be the most common skin condition Americans deal with. Many teenagers deal with the condition, but the problem can persist in adults even beyond the age of 50. Without treatment acne can leave behind scars and dark spots. There are a multitude of treatment options available at our clinics.
  2. Rosacea: this is a common skin condition that millions of Americans deal with each year. What starts out as a tendency to blush or have flushing in the skin can spread and become much more visible, permanent, and more difficult to deal with. Treating rosacea can prevent it from spreading and worsening, help you feel more comfortable in your skin, and improve your overall quality of life. People often wait to see a dermatologist until the condition becomes unbearable and by then the condition has become much more difficult to treat. With rosacea, the earlier you are able to start treatment, the easier it is to manage.
  3. Excessive Sweating: the medical term for this condition is “hyperhidrosis”. While it is normal to sweat when you get nervous or get hot, if you find yourself sweating heavily for no reason you may have the medical condition. Luckily for Mississippians, Pine Belt Dermatology offers a revolutionary procedure called miraDry that completely eliminates sweat, odor, and even underarm hair. While this procedure is for people who have hyperhidrosis of the underarm, there are other options available for people who have excessive sweat glands in other areas of the body (i.e. groin, hands, and feet).
  4. Psoriasis: this is an auto-immune disease that is a chronic skin disease. In essence it is an over growth of skin cells in patches on the skin that continue to pile up. It is not contagious, but it is a very unpleasant disease to deal with and can later cause psoriatic arthritis. While there is no cure, there are many treatment options available to help patients in the Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi area manage their symptoms. Treatments include topical, injectable, and XTRAC laser therapy.
  5. Skin cancer: there are many different types of skin cancer that a person can get, all of which we treat here at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center. It is important to have regular skin screenings to help catch skin cancers early as they then become much more manageable. Skin cancers include: Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, dermatofibrosarcoma, merkel cell carcinoma, and sebaceous carcinoma. The most common are basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanoma.
  6. Hair and scalp problems:
    1. Alopecia areata
    2. Dandruff
    3. Hair loss
    4. Scalp psoriasis
    5. Head lice
  7. Diseases of the nails:
    1. Nail fungus
    2. Discoloration
  8. Cutaneous lymphoma: this disease is a subset of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that primarily involves the skin. This can present with red, scaly or thickened plaques of skin that can often mimic eczema or chronic dermatitis. There are many treatment options available for this disease that can be effective. This disease can sometimes be hard to catch, but Pine Belt Dermatology providers can provider relief for the disease’s symptoms.
  9. Lupus: this disease can affect the skin in a multitude of ways. While there are many types of lupus, the subtype that affects the skin is called cutaneous lupus. Lupus is a tricky disease to catch because in mimics the symptoms of a number of other less severe skin conditions. Interestingly enough, lupus can increase a patient’s risk of developing skin cancer. Your dermatology provider can not only help you determine whether or not you have the disease, they can also help you develop a treatment plan to manage the disease.
  10. Scabies: this is a common, but infuriating, skin condition that is caused by mites. It is an eight-legged bug that is so small you cannot see it on the skin. These bugs burrow into the top layer of the skin where they live and feed off of the host. The itching is caused by your skin’s reaction to the little critters, which creates an extremely irritating rash. This is a contagious skin condition that is mostly transferred from skin to skin contact. It is not unlikely that a person contracts scabies from infested items such as clothes, bedding, or furniture. The good news is we are scabies experts at Pine Belt Dermatology and we can help get rid of the mites.
  11. Shingles: anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for later developing shingles. If the dormant virus is reactivated, it results in a painful, blistering rash called “shingles”. The medical term is herpes zoster. This version of the virus is mostly common in people ages 50 and older. Because it is severe, and occurs in an older population, there is the risk of it causing long-lasting nerve pain. The good news is dermatologists have an anti-viral medication that can make symptoms milder and much shorter, and a shorter battle with the disease lowers the risk of any lasting effects. Not only is there an anti-viral medication available, but there is also a shingles vaccine on the market.
  12. Rashes:
    1. Diaper rash
    2. Lichen planus: a common skin disease that typically develops on the wrist. This can actually change the way that a patient’s finger and toenails look. In some cases it can develop on the scalp and genitals.
    3. Nickel allergy: nickel is one of the most common offenders that causes contact dermatitis. These rashes are not life threatening but can be extremely uncomfortable! To make sure that you get the proper diagnosis you should seek out on of our dermatology providers.
    4. Cellulitis: this is a common and potentially very serious infection that is caused by bacteria in the deep layers of the skin. It appears red and blotchy in affected areas. It can sometimes be confused with a subtype of dermatitis.
    5. Pityriasus rosea: this is a common skin disease that causes patches on the skin that causes a rash. While the rash can disappear on its own without treatment, you may still want to seek out a dermatologist for the itching. Typically these rashes will last 6 to 8 weeks, however in some cases it may last longer.
  13. Warts: benign growths that are the result of a viral infection on the top layer of skin.
    1. Genital warts are treated at our practices as well.
  14. Cysts
  15. Wound care:
    1. First degree and minor burns
    2. Injured skin
    3. Blister drainage
    4. Insect bites
  16. Vitiligo: skin condition that causes the skin to lose its natural color. While it is not life threatening, it can cause patients who have it to feel very self-conscious about their appearance. There are therapies available to help the disease go into remission.
  17. Melasma: common skin problem that causes gray-brown patches on the skin, usually on the face.
  18. Atopic Dermatitis: this is a common skin disease in children, but it can also be present in adults as well. It is a disease characterized by dry scaly patches on the skin. Common locations for these patches to appear are on the scalp, forehead, and face. Atopic dermatitis is a very itchy condition. Children can get the disease as early as in their infant stage. Because it can cause severe itching of the skin, it is important for parents to bring their child into see one of our providers so that we can teach them how to take care of the child’s skin. Treatment and good skin care can significantly alleviate the discomfort experienced.
    1. Eczema: This is another term used for Atopic Dermatitis. It is a much more common terminology among patients.
  19. Blisters:
    1. Diabetic blisters
    2. Pemphigus vulgaris
    3. Pemphigus foliaceus
    4. Fogo selvage
    5. Paraneoplastic pemphigus
  20. Mole removal: It is important to pay attention to suspicious and spontaneous moles that appear on your skin. If you have a family history of skin cancer and you want questionable moles removed, look no further than Pine Belt Dermatology.
  21. Dry skin: dry skin is common among people of all ages and ethnicities. Often times, over the counter moisturizer can repair dry skin to satisfaction. In some cases, a person may need a dermatologist’s help to find the relief they are looking for. Extremely dry skin can sometimes be a precursor or symptom of another skin disease previously mentioned- dermatitis. As with all diseases and medical conditions, the earlier the dermatitis is discovered the better. If you or your family member has a persistent dry patch that will not go away, please come see one of our providers at Pine Belt dermatology.
  22. Itchy or burning skin
    1. Bed bugs
    2. Hives
    3. Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
    4. Athletes foot
    5. Cole sores
  23. Bumps and growths on the skin
    1. Keloids: these are raised scar tissue that can spread across the skin.
    2. Keratosis pilaris: skin condition that causes tiny bumps on the skin. Some people can describe them as goosebumps that won’t go away. These are harmless, however they can be prone to drying and becoming itchy.
    3. Seborrheic keratosis: these growths can be worrisome because they mimic many other growths such as warts, pre-cancerous moles, or even skin cancer. These typically begin at a later age, and although they may look alarming, they are harmless. Our general advice is to get regular skin screenings with our providers so that we can spot changes in the skin. You’d rather find out the suspicious spot was an SK than assume it was an SK and have it come back as a cancerous mole.
    4. Molluscum contagiosum: common skin disease caused by a virus that is prone to spreading easily from person to person. People can get this disease from sharing towels and clothing with infected persons.
  24. Skin discoloration: I’ve described specific discoloration conditions above, however there are many instances where the discoloration is something else entirely. You can be assured, however, that we will solve the root of the discoloration and provide you with a treatment plan.
  25. All diseases of the hair and nails

 

   I hope that this list of conditions that we are able to treat at Pine Belt Dermatology helps to shed more light on the vast scope of our expertise and services. Many know that dermatologists deal with the skin, however beyond that the comprehension of what this scope of practice entails can be rather vague and we want to treat all in need. Our locations are in Hattiesburg, Petal, Collins, and Ellisville, Mississippi but our reach extends beyond those four communities. To this date we have serviced people from more than 24 counties in the state of Mississippi. We have people from as far as Alabama and Louisiana come through our doors for treatment as well. Additionally, for any number of the conditions listed above we are able to treat many through our online platform, which allows us to reach Mississippians all across the state. The health of your skin is indicative of your overall health as an individual, so I bring up the scope of our reach to illustrate just how available Pine Belt Dermatology’s services are for anyone in need. In short, I have described the variety of conditions we treat at our facilities and I have assured you that there is, and always be, abundant access to our services so give us a call!


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Author Lauren Aycock, FNP-BC Pine Belt Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

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