Dermatalogy

Dermatalogy

DERMATOLOGY SERVICES

At Harpeth Valley Health Center we offer a full array of dermatology services, we can help get your skin looking and feeling its best. Being the largest, and fastest growing organ, that we each have, it often represents imbalance in the body by showing signs of one or more of the symptoms below. We can help find the root of your ailment and treat not only the symptoms but also help you maintain your whole-body balance to keep your skin clear and healthy, from the inside out.

RASHES

Rashes can have a myriad of causes and treatments. To better determine the underlying cause of your ailment, whether it is your first rash or a chronic condition, we offer multiple approaches to discovering the root cause of your symptoms. By treating the primary source of the condition, and not just the symptoms, we will have you feeling better in no time.

CRYOSURGERY

Cryosurgery is a highly effective treatment for a broad range of benign skin problems. Cryosurgery requires little time and is performed in-office. Advantages of this treatment include a short preparation time, low risk of infection, and minimal wound.

WARTS, ABCESS & CYSTS

We can help you get rid of unsightly or worrisome warts, cysts or abscesses. Through a variety of treatments we can evaluate the best plan of action to get you looking and feeling your best. The procedure is performed in office and will take about 15 mins. Your provider will discuss your treatment approach, type of removal, and post op information with you at the time of your appointment.

LESION BIOPSY

A skin lesion biopsy is when a small amount of skin is removed so it can be examined. The skin is tested to look for skin conditions or diseases. A skin biopsy can help your health care provider diagnose or rule out problems such as skin cancer or psoriasis.(9) The procedure is performed in office and will take about 15 minutes. Your provider will discuss your treatment approach, type of removal, and post op information with you at the time of your appointment.

POISON IVY/ OAK

While these two assailants rarely need an introduction, it is important to keep the reaction to a minimum once exposed. Make sure to wash the area of contact with soap and water immediately. Wash any tools, gloves, or clothes that also may have come into contact. Come see us if the rash is close to your eyes or is widespread over your body. Head to the ER if you have severe reactions in addition to the rash, such as nausea, fever, shortness of breath, extreme soreness at the rash site, or swollen lymph nodes. Call 911 if you have any trouble breathing or feel faint.

MOLE & SKIN TAG REMOVAL

While most skin tags and moles are harmless and don’t require treatment, sometimes people want them removed for cosmetic purposes. Others have them removed because they rub on clothing or jewelry and become irritated. If you have a mole or skin tag that is suspicious or that looks different from others, contact us for a removal and biopsy. There are several approaches to removal, which will be discussed with your provider at the time of your appointment. Recovery time is minimal and the procedures are performed the convenience of our office.

CELLULITIS

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath the skin.

Symptoms and signs of cellulitis include:

  • Redness,
  • Pain/Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Warming Sensation of Affected Area.

Cellulitis can occur anywhere in the body. Cellulitis frequently affects the legs. Cellulitis is not contagious. Complications of cellulitis include spread of the infection into the bloodstream or to other body tissues. Cellulitis is treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics.(5)

ACNE

Acne is one of the most common dermatological conditions, affecting millions of young adults worldwide. It is generally accepted that excess sebum, hormones, bacteria and rapid growth of certain thyroid cells are the major contributors of acne.1 While the current status of the relationship of diet and acne is under debate, recent studies have suggested a rather close relationship between the two.(2,3)  At Harpeth Valley, we will study all angles of causation to not only relieve the symptoms but to treat the underlying cause. In the process, you will learn a little more about the chemistry of your body and how to move forward, leaving acne behind.

ECZEMA & PSORIASIS

Both eczema and psoriasis present similar symptoms but they are not the same disease. Eczema presents itself with an extreme desire to itch, even to the point of bleeding. While psoriasis is more likely to sting and burn, you may still have the desire to scratch it. The two even may appear similar but there are differences. The causes vary from allergies, irritants, mold, dust, stress, humidity, hormones, injury, and more.(8) At Harpeth Valley Health, we pride ourselves in finding and treating the root of the cause. We offer western medical intervention with the option to partner with our holistic provider, in-house.

ATHLETE’S FOOT

This one is better to treat at the first sign of infection. We can help you stay on top of what is ailing you and not only rid you of your symptoms but get to the bottom of chronic conditions. We offer western medical intervention as well as more holistic approaches to treatment and preventative care. Discuss your options with your provider today!

CHICKEN POX

Before you dive into that chicken pox party, let us guide you through the best approach to dealing with and surviving the pox. We can discuss simple ways and treatments to help the healing and lesson the symptoms, scarring and tissue damage. If you got ‘um, we can help!

PINK EYE

Viral and bacterial pinkeye are contagious and spread very easily. Preventing its spread is important. Poor hand washing is the main cause of the spread of pinkeye. Sharing an object, such as a washcloth or towel, with a person who has pinkeye can spread the infection. We can offer help with symptom relief and help you look and feel your best.

RINGWORM

Ringworm is actually a skin infection caused by fungus. Treatment of ringworm depends on the severity of the rash as well as the location of the infection. Without treatment, the rash tends to grow slowly and cover a larger area. You can also infect other areas of your body. Treatment can get rid of the ringworm and stop the itch, which can be intense.(10)

SHINGLES

Usually appearing in a strip, band, or small area on one side of the face or body, shingles is a painful rash of the skin. It is most common in those with weakened immune systems as well as the older population. It can present due to stress, injury, certain medications, and for other reasons. Those that get shingles usually do not get it twice but it is possible. Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox is awakened from its dormant state in the roots of the nerves. While shingles isn’t contagious, it is possible to give another person chickenpox while symptoms are present.(13)

SCABIES/LICE

Scabies: A mite causes this common skin condition. Called the human itch mite, this eight-legged bug is so small that you cannot see it on the skin. People get scabies when the mite burrows into the top layer of skin to live and feed. When the skin reacts to the mite, an extremely itchy rash develops.(11)

Lice: Tiny insects that live on humans and feed on blood. When a large number of lice live and multiply on a person, it is called an infestation. There are three types of infestations: Head, body, and public. Intense itching comes in the form of an allergic reaction to the saliva from being bitten.(12)

Harpeth Valley Health can help you get rid of these little guys and offer preventative advice as well as any medical intervention that might be necessary due to allergic reaction and skin irritation. Come see us and feel better!

COLD/CANKER SORES

Cold sores and canker sores aren’t quite the same thing.(6) We can help you understand the difference and treat the root of the causation. Let’s get you feeling and looking your best!

ALOPECIA

Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. The damage to the follicle is usually not permanent. Only about 10% of those affected may never regrow hair. Women and men are affected equally.(4) At Harpeth Valley Health, we will work with you to examine your individual treatment plan. As a patient, you will have the option to partner western medicine with a holistic approach to find the best plan of action for you.

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Resources: 1: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836431/ 2, 3: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836431/ 4: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/alopecia-areata#1 5: https://www.medicinenet.com/cellulitis/article.htm 6: https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/dermatologists-share-tips-for-treating-cold-sores 7: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2365.html 8: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-or-eczema#1 9: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003840.htm 10: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/ringworm 11: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/scabies 12: https://www.webmd.com/children/tc/lice-topic-overview#1 13: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/tc/shingles-topic-overview#1