Dr. Forman and his staff are well trained to evaluate and treat patients suffering from a multitude of skin-related problems, including, but not limited to:
Acne affects all ages from teenagers to adults. Acne occurs when tiny glands beneath the skin surface become clogged with sebum, an oily substance whose normal collection and excretion keeps the skin healthy. If clogged, bacteria can grow in the glands, which in turn cause swelling and pimpling. This process can be mild to severe for some patients. This process may occur anywhere on the skin where there are hair follicles, which includes common places such as the face, neck and back. There are other acne type conditions that are more severe and affect other parts of the body. Acne can be a chronic condition for some. MORE INFO about Acne
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness, pimples and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Rosacea usually occurs on the face and appears like flushing on the nose, cheeks and chin; it may be accompanied by a burning sensation. Rosacea is considered a sensitive skin condition and certain products should be avoided as they can aggravate the condition. Some triggers can be: heat, cold, spicy foods and even alcohol. Be sure to ask Dr. Forman and staff for specific recommendations. MORE INFO about Rosacea
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects many people. It is characterized by small or large, round or oval, red patches with thick white scales. These patches are sometimes itchy and may hurt or bleed. Psoriasis occurs because the body produces skin at a faster rate than normal. New skin cells usually can take 4 weeks to replace the old skin cells; for patients with psoriasis this process occurs within days rather than weeks. Psoriasis most commonly appears on the elbows, knees and scalp, but may appear anywhere on the body. We offer many treatment and therapy options to help manage the condition. MORE INFO about Psoriasis
Eczema is a chronic condition from mild to severe inflammation of the skin that causes itchy patches that may become dry cracked and even leathery. It is common for patients who struggle with eczema to develop asthma or hay fever. Patients with Eczema have extra sensitive skin. The skin barrier is compromised and once a person starts to itch it is nearly impossible to stop scratching due to the release of histamine which causes the itch scratch cycle. Eczema may occur anywhere on the body. The common locations are in the folds of the elbows and behind the knees although may occur anywhere on the body. Climate hot or cold, fragranced products, certain fabrics, sweat and dry skin can be triggers for some. Treatment can consist of prescription topicals, antihistamines, phototherapy, and specific moisturizers to keep the skin barrier intact and in severe cases systemic medication. MORE INFO about Eczema
Seborrheic Dermatitis also known as Dandruff commonly occurs on the scalp and face, and is characterized by greasy yellow or redness, flaking and itching in affected areas. This is a chronic condition and is best treated with antidandruff shampoos— antifungal type topicals and topical steroids should be avoided. MORE INFO about Seborrheic Dermatitis
Vitiligo occurs when the skin loses melanin, which is the pigment that determines skin, hair and eye color. When the cells that produce melanin are damaged or destroyed; and no longer produce pigment forming material causes white patches on the skin and whitening or graying of hair barring areas. Vitiligo may occur anywhere on the body; commonly the face and hands are affected. We offer narrow band ultraviolet B light (NbUVB) and targeted psoriahield – NbUVB as options for treatment. MORE INFO about Vitiligo
Warts are common growths caused by the Human papilloma virus. This virus is on growths and many surfaces we are in contact with. Frequent touching or picking may cause them to spread. It is best to avoid direct contact with warts on other people. Warts may develop on any part of the body but are most commonly seen on the hands, feet and genital area. There are different types of treatment for warts from the least aggressive to surgery. Even with the most aggressive treatment, warts can reoccur because a wart is a virus and our own body needs to recognize the virus to eradicate it. Depending on the type of wart and location we will work to find the best treatments to clear the warts. MORE INFO about Warts
Molluscum is characterized with pink or flesh colored bumps on the skin that have a pimple like appearance. The virus is contagious and is easily spread from person to person; children are commonly affected by the virus. Molluscum can be transmitted by sharing towels and clothing, swimming, as well as skin-to-skin contact. Scratching or picking the bumps can spread the virus from one part of the body to another. Molluscum may resolve without treatment at times; if the virus does not resolve, there are treatment options available. MORE INFO about Molluscum Contagiosum
Nail disorders can be due to friction caused by shoes, fungus, a vitamin deficiency and may even be the cause of psoriasis. You may notice a change in the color, shape, thinning or thickening of the nails, pain, bleeding or discharge; even the skin around the nail can become inflamed and red. To determine the cause of the nail disorder a nail biopsy or culture may need to be performed for a definitive answer. There are treatment options available dependent of the source of the nail disorder.
Alopecia Areata is an inflammatory response from ones immune system to the hair follicle causing focal areas of hair loss and in more severe cases a total loss of hair. Most commonly the loss is on the scalp but may occur on the eyebrow. We offer different treatment options from topical steroids, intralesional injections of Kenalog and targeted PUVA with the psoria-shield. MORE INFO about Alopecia Areata
Hair loss can be a result of hereditary conditions, certain types of medication or an underlying medical problem. While daily shedding of hair is normal, if you notice shedding in large amounts, or if your hair becomes thinner or bald patches develop you should be evaluated for proper diagnosis and treatment. MORE INFO about Hair Loss
Skin Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five people will develop a skin cancer. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected early with regular skin cancer screenings. Most skin cancers appear to be related to sun exposure.
The most common skin cancers are:
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It tends to be slow growing and is characterized as a pink, translucent, pearly “pimple” or scaly patch that does not go away.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer, though faster growing.
Squamous cell carcinomas are characterized with red scaly tender hard bumps or red scaly patches with thicker scale. A squamous cell can arise from an actinic keratosis. This type of skin cancer does have the potential to spread especially if located on the ear, forehead, lip and top of hands.
Malignant melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States, and can be fatal if left untreated and not detected early. Malignant melanoma can spread to the lymph nodes, lung, and liver, and all other skin areas if not detected and surgically removed in time. Malignant melanoma can be characterized by a change in an existing mole or a new mole with irregular pigmentation, variation in color or depigmented, change in shape or oddly shaped, increase in size or irregular borders. It is recommended to be aware of what you have on your skin presently to be able to detect a possible change in any new or existing mole; early detection is key. If you notice any of these changes make an appointment as soon as possible for an evaluation. MORE INFO about Skin Cancer