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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Acne Grades of Severity | Common Look-a-likes:

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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Children Eczema Treatment

Larry Jaeger is an expert Medical Dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology Associates. As the founder and owner of the largest network of Dermatological treatment centers in The Bronx, Larry Jaeger has successfully treated thousands of children suffering form eczema for the last twenty-five years in New York. Children Eczema Treatment.

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Children’s Eczema Treatment

Eczema is a skin condition that has two distinct components:

Dry, easily irritated skin – children with this condition have a genetic tendency toward dry skin. Moisture is very important for our skin. It helps skin stay healthy. It prevents irritation. It speeds up healing. Moisture essentially helps our skin function better. With eczema, the skin does not retain moisture very well, thus giving it a dry, slightly rough texture and making it prone to irritation. To further complicate matters, this dry, irritated skin is itchy, causing children to scratch frequently. This further irritates and damages the skin, which leads to worse itching and scratching, and so on.

Allergies – children with this condition also have some underlying allergies that are manifested in the skin. When exposed to these allergens, the skin over-reacts and breaks out in a rash. The already dry and slightly irritated skin is less able to handle this allergic rash, and less able to heal itself quickly.

Thus, children with eczema have an ongoing battle on two fronts – trying to retain moisture in the skin and prevent irritation and itching, and limiting exposure to allergens and skin irritants.

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What Does Children Eczema Look Like?

Larry Jaeger advises,

Dry skin – your child will have slightly dry skin with a rough texture. You may be able to see and feel tiny white bumps as you run your fingers across the skin.

Dry patches – you may see scattered, scaly, dry, white patches anywhere on the body.treating children eczema

Flare ups – from time to time you will see some areas of the skin become more irritated and flare up. These will look like raised, red, slightly oozing patches. Flare-ups generally occur near skin creases – most commonly the inside of the elbows and behind the knees, but also in the neck, wrists and hands, and feet. It can also occur of the trunk. One unique aspect of eczema is that it usually does not affect the diaper area.

What Causes Children Eczema?

According to Larry Jaeger, eczema is a mixture of dry skin and allergies. The cause is mainly genetic – an inborn tendency toward dry skin and allergies. There is no way to change genetics. The important issue is not what causes eczema in the first place, but what allergies and skin irritants is your child exposed to that is triggering the flare-ups. Children Eczema Treatment in New York City, 10019.

Larry Jaeger is a member of the following organizations:
American Osteopathic Association
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology
American Medical Association
American Phlebotomy Association
Internal Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons

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Treating Jock Itch

Larry Jaeger is an experience dermatologist and owner of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York City. He is board certified and recognized as an excellent provider of dermatological Medicine in NYC for treating jock itch.

Jock Itch Infection

Jock itch is caused by a fungus infection which involves the groin area. There is considerable heat and moisture providing an excellent place for the fungus to grow. The fungal infection originates in the feet as athlete’s foot and is transmitted from the feet to the groin area where the warm moist conditions tend to promote it’s growth.

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Treatment for Jock Itch

One way to treat this condition is to keep the area cool and dry and wear loose fitting clothing. Don’t use too many blankets when sleeping and keep the bedroom cool. Using an anti fungal powder on a regular basis will keep the areas cool and dry as well as controlling fungal growth.

If the fungus continues to grow and causes an itching rash in the groin area, then more advanced therapy is required. Anti-fungal creams are helpful in treating jock itch. Larry Jaeger recommends Lamisil cream or two percent Ketoconazole cream or Econozole Nitrate cream.

Anti-fungal creams can be applied morning and night for several weeks usually can control the infection. Treat the feet with a cream since that is the original source of the infection.

See your doctor if you have a rash on your skin that doesn’t improve within two weeks or if you treat it with over-the-counter medications and it returns within a few weeks.

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The Basic Causes Jock Itch

Normally, fungus and bacteria are in balance in the groin area and kill each other off, but if one uses a strong antibacterial soap on a regular basis, this could knock out the normal bacterial floral and allow fungus to grow.

The recurrence rate is quite high, when heat and moisture are present. An effort should be made to try to keep the area as cool and dry as possible.

Dr. Larry Jaeger is a well known and respected board certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon who is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology Associates of New York. Dr. Jaeger specializes in all aspect of medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Treating jock itch in patients at (212) 262-2500.

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis

Larry Jaeger treats patients suffering from seborrheic keratosis at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York. He has over twenty-five plus years with a stellar track record of providing excellent treatments for all forms of dermatological diseases and disorders: Treating Seborrheic Keratosis.

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What is seborrheic keratosis?

According to Larry Jaeger, seborrheic keratosis is a very common harmless, usually pigmented, noncancerous growth on the skin. It usually appears as a pale, black or brown growth on the back, shoulders chest or face, but can appear anywhere on the skin.

Seborrheic keratoses are also known as basal cell papillomas or seborrheic warts.

The American Academy of Dermatology says that although seborrheic keratosis may look worrisome, it is benign – not a cancer.

They tend to appear from middle-age on wards. Some individuals may have just one, however, most people who have them have several.

Seborrheic keratosis is not contagious.

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis

What are the signs and symptoms of seborrheic keratosis?

Larry Jaeger reports that seborrheic keratoses may look like:

  • warts
  • moles
  • skin cancer
  • actinic keratoses – a rough, scaly patch that develops on the skin after years of sun exposure.

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However, they are different from the skin growths mentioned above. Seborrheic keratoses have a waxy look. They look as if they were pasted on the skin. Some may look like a blob of brown candle wax on the skin, while others have the appearance of the barnacles that stick to the legs of a pier.

Seborrheic keratoses:

  • usually start off as small, rough bumps, which gradually get thicker and develop a warty surface
  • have a waxy appearance, and look as I they have been stuck on the skin
  • are brown in color, but may be various shades between white and black
  • can range in size from tiny to over 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) across
  • may itch but are not painful

What are the causes of seborrheic keratosis?

Dermatologists are not completely sure why seborrheic keratoses develops.

  • Sunlight – as they most commonly appear in parts of the body that are more exposed to sunlight, many suggest that ultraviolet light may play a role.

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Diagnosing seborrheic keratosis

Larry Jaeger will diagnose seborrheic keratosis after a visual and physical examination.

  1. As the darker lesions may sometimes look like skin cancer (nodular melanoma), he may recommend taking a biopsy which will be examined under a microscope.
  2. If the seborrheic keratosis is on the skin and is very thin, it might be hard to rule out lentigo maligna (cancer cells that do not appear to have spread).

Treating Seborrheic Keratosis .

Removal of the growth may be recommended if:

  • It is hard to distinguish from skin cancer.
  • The patient does not like it and wants it removed.
  • It causes problems with clothing or jewelry (rubs against it).
  • On most occasions, if a biopsy is to be done, Advanced Dermatology Associates will probably remove the seborrheic keratosis.

There are several ways of removing seborrheic keratosis:

  • Cryosurgery – liquid nitrogen is applied to the growth with a spray gun or cotton swab. The lesion instantly freezes and falls off in a few days. A blister may form when the growth falls off, it will eventually dry into a crust, which will fall off.
  • Electrocautery (electrosurgery) and/or curettage – an electric current is used to burn (cauterize) the growth. An anesthetic is administered to the area before the procedure begins. The doctor uses a curette, a scoop-shaped surgical instrument, to scrape off the burnt growth, this is called curettage.
  • Some patients may require just electrocautery, some curettage, and others both.
  • Ablation – this means vaporizing the growth with a laser.

Dr. Larry Jaeger of New York is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and is board certified in dermatology surgery. Treating Seborrheic Keratosis.

Exfoliation For Good Skin Care

Larry Jaeger is a respected dermatologist and founder of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York City. Dr. Larry Jaeger discusses healthy ways to exfoliate skin for a healthy complexion. Exfoliation For Good Skin Care.

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Exfoliation is the cosmetic practice of removing dead skin cells from the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Your skin can shed 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute naturally; however, many people need exfoliation products to help reduce acne and get smooth skin.

Types of Exfoliation For Good Skin Care

Exfoliation practices differ for the body and the face.

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Body Exfoliation Tips:

  • Buy a natural bristled brush. If you want to exfoliate outside of the shower, you can use circular motions with a long-handled, natural bristled brush.
    • This brush is available in the cosmetics section of most box stores, like Target and Walmart, as well as in natural food stores.
    • Start with your legs and move slowly up your body. Always brush in a circular motion in a small area before moving onto the next area. Work up toward your chest, then brush your back and arms.
  • Buy a loofah or exfoliating glove from a drugstore. These products are made with natural sponge and help to exfoliate the skin in the shower.
    • These products are not suggested for use on the face.
  • Buy an exfoliation scrub that contains beads, pits, sugar, salt or another natural exfoliating substance. It should say “body scrub” or “cleansing scrub.”
  • Allow the shower to run over your skin for a few minutes, if you are using an exfoliating scrub or a loofah. Choose warm, not hot, water. Water that is too hot will dry the skin.
  • Rub the loofah or the scrub over your moist skin in a circular motion. Rinse well. Perform this exfoliation process every 3 to 7 days, depending upon your skin’s sensitivity.

Larry Jaeger provides tips for facial exfoliation.

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  • Find a gentle, every-day cleanser that does not irritate your skin. Sensitive skin does not respond well to scrubs or acidic cleansers.
    People with sensitive skin should try the product on 1 small area of the face and use it only if it does not produce irritation.
  • Wet your skin with warm water.
    Place a soft terry cloth washcloth under a warm tap. Squeeze the washcloth and place it on your face for 1 to 2 minutes. Warm water will open the pores, making it easier to exfoliate.
  • Squeeze a small amount of cleanser on the surface of the washcloth. Rub the soap on the middle portion of the cloth. Depending upon the cleanser, this may or may not produce a lather.
  • Rub the washcloth on your face in circular motions. Start at the nose, move to the forehead and continue around the rest of your face.
  • Use a gentle touch. Exfoliation does not require hard scrubbing.

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. He helps patients achieve optimum skin all year long – Exfoliation for good skin care.