Our skin, as the largest organ of the body, is our first line of defense against bacteria, fungi and other foreign organisms. While it normally does an excellent job, even the healthiest of us can develop infections that manifest as rashes, growths, blisters, or other undesired changes on the skin. Fortunately, many treatments are available at Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology to fight these infections and restore a healthy, comfortable skin barrier.
Fungal infections can grow anywhere on our body and have an astonishing number of different appearances. On the trunk, rashes may appear ring-like (the classic appearance of “ringworm” or tinea corporis), or as thin scaly pink or brown patches (tinea versicolor). Fungi on the feet cause scaly, itchy, red spots, typical of “athlete’s foot.” Occasionally, however, athlete’s foot can cause significant inflammation and can look like large fluid filled blisters, or yellow pus-filled bumps. These organisms can enter the nails, making them thick and yellow, or hair as well. While the many forms of fungal infections can make the diagnosis challenging, we have tools and expertise to accurately address and treat them.
Warts come in all shapes and sizes and can affect us from our preschool years to adulthood. While these sometimes resolve on their own, we often do not have the patience to sit around and see what will happen. At Burt and Will, we can employ a combination of treatments beyond freezing these lesions to combat these growths, including injections with candida antigen, or prescriptions of topical 5-fluorouracil.
The herpes family of viruses are responsible for common blistering rashes, including cold sores. Cold sores, or herpes labialis, are caused by an infection of the herpes simplex virus into the skin by direct contact with an infected individual. Grouped blisters develop on the edge of the lip, and can burn, tingle or be painful. While the active lesions resolve over one to two weeks, people generally have recurrences triggered by stress or irritation to the lip. Certain medications can expedite the recovery from an active infection or prevent them from occurring.
Molluscum contageosum is a common viral rash caused by the molluscum contageosum virus that presents as red dome shaped bumps on the skin. The virus is spread through direct contact or sharing infected items like towels or clothing. Children are most often affected, but in adulthood these lesions may be passed through sexual contact. Our body may fight these off with time, but we also have various in-office treatments and prescriptions to assist in getting rid of these lesions.