Diagnosing Acne

Larry Jaeger is an expert at diagnosing acne conditions. He has over twenty-five years experience as a leading board certified Dermatologist in New York  in diagnosing acne.

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Most people can easily self-diagnose mild acne, which can be treated at home using over-the-counter products. However, if you are unsure if what you are experiencing is acne, or if your acne seems severe, see your dermatologist. Acne is diagnosed by a simple visual inspection by your doctor. There is no test for acne.

What is Acne?

Larry Jaeger describes the symptoms and grades of acne outbreaks.

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When diagnosing acne, dermatologists classify it into four grades.

They evaluate the types of comedones present, amount of inflammation present, breakout severity, how widespread the acne is and what areas of the body are affected.

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Grades of acne are classified as follows:

Acne: Grade I – The mildest form of acne. The skin will display blackheads, whiteheads or milia, and occasionally minor pimples. There is no inflammation. Grade I acne can usually be cleared with over-the-counter treatments.

Acne: Grade II – Considered moderate acne. A greater number of blackheads and whiteheads are on the skin. Papules and pustules are more frequently found. Grade II acne may also be treated with over-the-counter products. However, if there is no improvement after six to eight weeks, consult your doctor.

Acne: Grade III – Moderate to severe acne. The difference between Grade II and Grade III acne is the amount of inflammation present. Papules and pustules will be more numerous and there will be a greater amount of redness and inflammation found on the skin. Nodules are often present. This type of acne should be evaluated by your dermatologist.

Acne: Grade IV – The most severe grade of acne, the skin will display many pustules, nodules, and cysts. Blackheads and whiteheads are numerous. There is pronounced inflammation, and breakouts likely extend to areas other than the face. Grade IV acne, also called cystic acne, must be treated by a dermatologist.

Types of Acne Breakouts

Larry Jaeger comments that some skin conditions can look remarkably similar to acne, although their causes and treatments are different. Do you have acne or an acne look-alike condition? If you are unsure, it is always wise to consult with a doctor instead of self-diagnosing acne.

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Common skin conditions that can be mistaken for acne include:

Rosacea – Causes red, flushed skin with papules and pustules, especially in the nose and cheek area.

Folliculitis – Bumps or pustules caused by inflammation of the hair follicle.

Keratosis pilaris – Small, rough, “goose-flesh” like bumps most often found on the upper arms, thighs and buttocks, and sometimes the face.

Miliaria rubra – Small red bumps on the surface of the skin caused by excessive heat exposure. Also known as heat rash.

Dr. Larry Jaeger of New York is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and is board certified in dermatology and dermatological surgery. Visit Dr. Larry Jaeger and the Advanced Dermatology Associates team at 200 Central Park South, Suite 107 in New York City.

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Warts Treatment NYC

What are warts, and what causes them?

According to Larry Jaeger, Chief Medical Director at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York, a wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. Most warts go away on their own within months or years. NYC Warts Treatment Center.

Warts can grow anywhere on the body, and there are different kinds. For example, common warts grow most often on the hands, but they can grow anywhere. Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet.

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How are warts spread?

Larry Jaeger maintains that warts are easily spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus. You can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then touching another part of your body. You can infect another person by sharing towels, razors, or other personal items. After you’ve had contact with HPV, it can take many months of slow growth beneath the skin before you notice a wart. NYC Warts Treatment.

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It is unlikely that you will get a wart every time you come in contact with HPV. Some people are more likely to get warts than others.

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What are symptoms of warts?

Larry Jaeger relates that warts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. A wart may be a bump with a rough surface, or it may be flat and smooth. Tiny blood vessels grow into the core of the wart to supply it with blood. In both common and plantar warts, these blood vessels may look like dark dots in the wart’s center.

Warts are usually painless. But a wart that grows in a spot where you put pressure, such as on a finger or on the bottom of the foot, can be painful.

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How are warts diagnosed?

A doctor usually can tell if a skin growth is a wart just by looking at it. Your doctor may take a sample of the wart and look at it under a microscope (a skin biopsy). This may be done if it isn’t clear that the growth is a wart. It may also be done if a skin growth is darker than the skin surrounding it, is an irregular patch on the skin, bleeds, or is large and fast-growing.

Dr. Larry Jaeger is a board certified dermatologist who has a practice in New York.  Dr. Larry Jaeger specializes in the treatment of all skin, hair and nail disorders including all skin growths. NYC Warts Treatment at Central Park Medical Associates.