There are many reasons that you might be dealing with a skin rash; however, if you suspect that it might be ringworm you may be surprised to discover that there are other conditions that can often masquerade as ringworm but aren’t. This is why it’s important to have any rashes or skin problems thoroughly evaluated by a qualified dermatologist. After all, you want to make sure that you are getting the proper treatment you need depending on the type of condition you’re dealing with.
What does ringworm look like?
If you have ringworm, common symptoms include:
- A circular or ring-like rash that may be raised along the edges
- A rash that may be scaly, itchy, red, or burning
- Hair loss in the area where the rash has appeared
The rash may develop several red, raised rings at once, some of which may overlap. While ringworm can develop just about anywhere on the body it’s most commonly found on the arms, legs, and trunk.
If it’s not ringworm, then what else could it be?
There are a variety of ringworm imposters that could be causing you or your child’s rash. The two most common conditions are nummular eczema and granuloma annulare.
Nummular eczema causes circular patches of dry skin that can burn or become dry and scaly. This type of skin condition is often triggered by bug bites, certain medications, or a metal allergy. Granuloma annulare causes red or flesh-colored bumps to appear on the skin, but because they often appear ring-like this condition can be mistaken for ringworm. Everything from medications and viral infections to skin trauma and thyroid disorders can trigger granuloma annulare.
Other less common symptoms that may look like ringworm include,
- Contact dermatitis
- Pityriasis rosea
- Tinea versicolor (more common in children)
- Erythema migrans (common in those with Lyme disease)
Sometimes a skin biopsy of the lesion or rash is required for a dermatologist to be able to diagnose whether it is ringworm or not. If you are experiencing symptoms of ringworm or are concerned about a new or worsening rash, then call your dermatologist today to schedule an appointment.
Here’s how to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp:
- Dandruff will produce large, oily flakes that are often yellow or white in appearance while the dry scalp is more likely to produce a lot of dry little flakes.
- Dandruff may cause a red, scaly scalp while someone with dry scalp is more likely to experience dry skin on other parts of their body
- The only symptom that both dandruff and dry scalp have in common is an itchy scalp
Other tips to prevent dandruff include:
- Wash your hair every day to reduce excess oil on the scalp
- Use a shampoo that contains coal tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or tea tree oil (a natural alternative)
- Stay away from any har products that contain alcohols or bleach, as well as oily hair products that will only cause more oil to buildup on the scalp
- Find ways to effectively manage stress, which can trigger or exacerbate dandruff
- Get a small amount of sun exposure every day (just a couple of minutes), which could help get your symptoms under control (talk to your dermatologist before doing so, as excess sun exposure can be harmful)
- Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin B, zinc, and healthy fats
Are you ready to find out whether laser hair removal is right for you?
A lot of men and women are embarrassed about dealing with unwanted hair. Whether you find yourself tired of covering up during the warm summer months or you are getting sick and tired of keeping up with shaving or waxing, it might be time to turn to our Danbury, CT, dermatologists to find out if laser hair removal is right for you.
Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to reduce unwanted hair for the long term. It’s important to understand that laser hair removal will not fully remove all hair, but it can make it significantly less visible. Plus, hair that’s been treated often comes in much finer. It is a completely safe method for being able to slow and even completely remove unwanted hair growth.
Here are some of the benefits of getting laser hair removal in Danbury, CT.
It’s Very Precise
While it’s easy to miss spots when shaving or waxing, laser hair removal will target and get rid of the hair every time. We offer the CoolGlide Nd:YAG laser system which targets the hair follicles, meaning that you’ll see more visible and precise results than you would with other hair removal options. Plus, this is an FDA-approved device and is safe to use on all skin tones.
No Ingrown Hairs
Nothing is worse than dealing with the painful and unpleasant issue of ingrown hairs, and yet it’s common if you shave or wax. Say goodbye to ingrown hairs and unsightly razor burn when you get laser hair removal.
Don’t Wait for Hair to Grow Back in
When you shave or wax you have to wait until the unwanted hair comes back to do something about it, but not with laser hair removal. You can still get treated even if the hair hasn’t surfaced. This means that you won’t have to worry about embarrassing stubble between treatment sessions, as you can shave as needed between treatments. You'll generally need multiple treatments to achieve the best results, typically between 3-5 treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart.
Once you start laser hair removal you won’t have to worry about forking over money for depilatories, shaving products and waxing sessions any longer. Spending a little money upfront for laser hair removal sessions could actually save you money in the long run when it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair.
If you are ready to take the next steps to say goodbye to unwanted hair then it’s time to call Advanced DermCare in Danbury, CT, to schedule a consultation with us. Of course, no matter whether you want to get laser hair removal or you want to talk to us about ways to manage your acne symptoms, we provide the comprehensive care you need for healthier, happier skin.
Excess facial or body hair can be troublesome for both men and women. Although common, removal methods such as shaving and waxing are temporary, time consuming, painful and often yield poor results. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting for long-lasting, convenient hair reduction via laser hair removal.
With the use of advanced laser technology, your dermatologist can treat most areas of unwanted hair successfully, conveniently and with fewer complications than other methods. Professional laser treatment is a non-invasive approach to permanent reduction of hair, which can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a short period of time.
In-Office Laser Hair Removal
Performed by an expert dermatologist, laser hair removal works by penetrating the skin with controlled pulses of light that are absorbed by the hair follicles. Without damaging the skin and with minimal patient discomfort, the laser energy destroys the hair follicles and significantly impedes their ability to re-grow. Following treatment, patients enjoy smooth, soft skin and a long-lasting reduction in unwanted hair.
Since hair grows in cycles, the total number of required treatment sessions varies by patient skin type, hair color and hair coarseness. Common areas treated with laser hair removal include the legs, arms, back, shoulders, underarms, upper lip and the bikini area. Darker-colored hair is typically more responsive to laser treatment than light colored hair.
It’s important that you always choose an experienced dermatologist for hair removal to ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency. Your dermatologist will discuss the best laser hair removal options for your specific skin type, needs and expectations.
Visit our practice for a successful diagnosis and treatment for excess hair and experience the long-lasting results available with laser hair removal.
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