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Every year, men and women seek the help of a board-certified dermatologist in Spring for treatment of eczema for themselves or their children. In fact, eczema may be more prevalent than you realized—over 30 million Americans suffer from this skin condition.

Many men and women in Spring suffer from different types of skin discoloration. And of those with this skin condition, the causes and treatments vary from patient to patient and case to case. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common types of skin discoloration and when you should see a dermatologist in Spring like Dr. Perri of Perri Dermatology.

Unfortunately, many men and women do not see a dermatologist in Spring on a regular basis. This means that they often aren’t sure what conditions one could treat. The truth is, a dermatologist in Spring like Dr. Perri of Perri Dermatology, can treat many different types of skin conditions.

Have you noticed small bumps on your skin, that are often flesh-colored, white or yellow? If so, it’s likely that you are experiencing a very common skin condition called sebaceous hyperplasia. This totally benign condition affects many residents in The Woodlands area. The sebaceous hyperplasia bumps can vary in size – from being just 1 […]

If you have an unwanted skin lesion, you may be wondering which type of Spring area healthcare provider you need to see to have it removed? You might be surprised to learn that removing skin lesions is a relatively simple surgery that a dermatologist like Dr. Perri of Perri Dermatology performs every day! This simple, […]

Prurigo is an extremely common skin condition that I encounter very frequently in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Also known as neurotic excoriations, Prurigo typically begins as an irritation in a small area of the skin.  These irritated areas are commonly called “hot spots.”  As a patient scratches or rubs this […]

Xanthoma Tuberosum is a type of xanthoma that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Xanthoma Tuberosum appears as a flat or plaque like yellow/brown lesion.  They are most commonly located on the knees and elbows but may be found in other anatomic locations.  In many cases, Xanthoma […]

Idiopathic Scrotal Calcinosis is a skin condition that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Idiopathic Scrotal Calcinosis is the most common type of idiopathic calcinosis cutis.  It most commonly occurs in young men and clinically appears as small white firm papules underneath the scrotal skin.  Although they are […]

Metastatic Calcinosis Cutis is a skin condition that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, calcified white nodules appear throughout the skin and is caused by a disturbance in the levels of calcium and phosphate in the blood.  The most common cause of the imbalance in calcium and […]

Dystrophic Calcinosis Cutis is a skin condition that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Dystrophic Calcinosis Cutis occurs when calcium deposits in the skin due to a inflammatory process or a skin lesion that is already existing in the skin.  The calcium level in the body is normal […]

Leiomyosarcoma is a malignant smooth muscle abnormality that I only rarely encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  A Leiomyosarcoma may arise in the dermis, second layer of skin, as a solitary nodule.  These dermal Leiomyoscarcomas can originate from the arrector pili muscles surrounding hairs or the dartos muscle in the genitals.  The dermal Leiomyosarcomas […]

Angioleiomyomas are benign smooth muscle abnormalities that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, an Angioleiomyomas are flesh colored papules or nodules that are most often found on the legs of women.  Typically, they are painful as they contain blood vessels that expand and contract.  Cold temperatures commonly elicit […]

Multiple Cutaneous Leiomyomas are the most common variant of smooth tissue abnormalities and I occasionally encounter them in my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Multiple Cutaneous Leiomyomas appear as a group of small red/brown or flesh colored papules.  They are most often found on the arms, legs and trunk.  In most cases, […]

Leiomyomas are benign smooth muscle tumors that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, a Leiomyoma is a flesh colored to red/brown indurated nodule or papule.  Leiomyomas may be either solitary or multiple and arise from the smooth muscle tissue of the arrector pili muscle that surround hair […]

Tumoral Calcinosis is a type of Calcinosis Cutis that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, the lesions are very large white nodules that appear in areas of increased pressure such as the joints of the elbow or knee.  Typically, the skin is not involved as the calcium […]

Melasma is a very common skin condition that I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Melasma results from excess production of melanin (pigment) in the skin.  Melasma is induced by UV interaction with the skin so strict sun protection is essential in preventing and treating Melasma.  Both broad brimmed hats […]

Solar Purpura is one of the most common skin conditions I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  It is most commonly seen on the dorsal aspect of the forearms and is due to the accumulation of UV damage in the skin which ultimately leads to atrophy (thinning) of the skin.  […]

Stasis Dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions I encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Stasis dermatitis is a red sometimes blistering rash that develops on the lower legs when there is significant edema (swelling) in the legs.  The blisters and bullae that develop on the leg consists […]

Grover’s Disease, also called Transient Acantholytic Dermatosis, is a blistering skin disease that I encounter occasionally in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Grover’s disease is most commonly seen in men over age 50.  Clinically, very fragile vesicles (blisters) appear on the chest, upper abdomen, and upper back and quickly rupture resulting […]

Childhood Linear IgA Disease is an autoimmune blistering skin disease that I rarely encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Typically, this skin disease begins around age 2 and goes into remission by age 12.  Clinically, blisters (bullae) develop on the buttocks and lower extremities as well as on the scalp and […]

Adult Linear IgA Disease is a skin blistering disease that I rarely encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Adult Linear IgA Disease presents as either small vesicles similar to dermatitis herpetiformis or larger tense bullae as in bullous pemphigoid.  The oral mucosa is involved in half of all patients with […]

Dermatitis Herpetiformis is a rare skin blistering disease that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Dermatitis Herpetiformis presents as very fragile vesicles (blisters) that quickly rupture leaving erosions and ulcers as this condition has intense itching.  The most common anatomic areas affected are the frontal scalp, elbows, neck, […]

Cicatricial Pemphigoid is a rare skin blistering disease that I rarely encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Also called benign mucosal pemphigoid, Cicatricial Pemphigoid is differentiated from other blistering diseases as it causes scarring of the skin and other organs it involves.  Clinically, Cicatricial Pemphigoid begins as flaccid bullae (blisters) that rupture easily […]

Pemphigoid Gestationis is a rare skin blistering disease that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Pemphigoid Gestationis occurs during pregnancy or in the post partum period and is extremely rare occurring in one patient out of 40,000-50,000 pregnancies.  The second trimester is the most common time at which […]

Bullous Pemphigoid is a skin blistering disease that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  The clinical appearance of Bullous Pemphigoid are large non-ruptured tense bullae (blisters).  Unlike Pemphigus Vulgaris, the bullae in this skin disease are less fragile and are usually found intact.  Also, Bullous Pemphigoid typically does […]

Neutrophilic IgA Dermatosis is a rare blistering disease of the skin that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, the blisters are very fragile and rupture quickly forming a crust or scab.  Typically, the oral mucosa is not involved.  Within the blisters pus is usually found since the […]

Paraneoplastic Pemphigus is a blistering disease of the skin that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  In general, a paraneoplastic condition is a reactive process that appears in direct correlation with an underlying malignancy or tumor.  Typically, paraneoplastic conditions follow the time course of the underlying condition as they begin approximately the same […]

Pemphigus Erythematous, also called Senear-Usher Syndrome, is a rare blistering disease that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Pemphigus Erythematous typically presents as scaly red plaques that may resemble Lupus Erythematous hence the name.  Occasionally, these plaques may develop bullae (blisters).  The face is the most common area […]

Endemic Pemphigus, also called Fogo Selvagem, is a very rare blistering disease of the skin that I rarely ever encounter in either my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Endemic Pemphigus is typically limited to Brazil but with international travel can be seen anywhere in the world.  It is most common in children and young adults.  Clinically, […]

Pemphigus Foliaceus is a blistering skin disease that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, patients experience fragile bullae (blisters) which quickly rupture and form a crusted scale.  The chest and back are commonly affected areas and Pemphigus Foliaceus almost always spares the oral cavity.  It is most […]

Pemphigus Vegetans is a blistering disease of the skin that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, Pemphigus Vegetans begans as a very fragile blister/bulla that quickly ruptures and develops a fungating like plaque that can be described as a “vegetation.”  The most commonly affected areas are the […]

Pemphigus Vulgaris is a blistering disease that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Clinically, the lesions of Pemphigus Vulgaris are very fragile blisters (bullae) that rupture easily and leave erosions and ulcers on the skin.  The oral cavity is the most common location for Pemphigus Vulgaris to arise […]

Candida albicans is a yeast which is part of the normal flora of the skin, gastrointestinal tract and genitourinary tract.  Candida usually remains quiescent and does not become a human pathogen unless the right conditions emerge.  In patients on long term antibiotic usage, the normal bacterial flora can diminish and allow Candida to become pathogenic […]

Apocrine Gland Carcinoma is very rare and fortunately I do not encounter it often in my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices. Typically, Apocrine Gland Carcinoma appears as a deep mass in the anogenital area or axilla (armpits).  It is very aggressive as up to 50% of cases have metastasis.

Hidradenoma Papilliferum is a benign apocrine neoplasm that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Hidradenoma Papilliferum is almost always found in the vulvar and perineal areas.  It appears as a flesh colored dermal nodule.  Treatment of Hidradenoma Papilliferum is with surgical excision.

Cutaneous Horns are very common skin lesions that I encounter on a daily basis in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Essentially, Cutaneous Horns appear like a horn growing out of the skin as the stratum corneum (top layer of the epidermis) thickens and extends to produce a keratotic horn like structure.  The most […]

Arsenical Keratoses occur as lesions on the palms and soles that have a small pit in the skin with a central hyperkeratotic core that I occasionally encounter in my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Arsenical Keratoses occur in patients who have been exposed to arsenic either through well water containing arsenic or through […]

CREST Syndrome is a type of scleroderma that presents with a constellation of symptoms delineated in the acronym CREST, which I occasionally encounter in my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Although the pathogenesis is unclear, it is multifactorial involving increased collagen production, perivascular mononuclear cell infiltration, and vascular abnormalities.  Laboratory testing usually reveals […]

POEMS Syndrome, also called Crow Fukase Syndrome, is a very rare condition which I have encountered in my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  POEMS stands for: P- Polyneuropathy, O- Organomegaly, E- Endocrinopathy, M- M protein spike, S- Skin changes.  Every patient with POEMS presents with a unique constellation of symptoms from these categories and having […]

Candida in the intertriginous areas (skin folds) is a very common problem that I encounter on a daily basis amongst my patients in both the Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  The skin folds are subject to intense friction, which can macerate the skin resulting in a denuded surface that allows the yeast to flourish along […]

Paronychia is a common problem seen on almost a daily basis in my Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  It is essentially nail fold swelling which is usually due to an infectious cause such as Candida.  Patients that remove their nail cuticles are very predisposed to this condition.  The cuticle is a crucial barrier that protects […]

Erosio Interdigitalis Blastomycetica (EIB) is essentially Candida, a yeast, that has infected the finger or toe webs, which I see on a daily basis in both my Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  The areas between the fingers and toes are subject to constant friction and the occlusion of two skin surfaces adjacent to one another […]

Thrush is a condition I rarely encounter in my Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices as it usually occurs in hospitalized patients who are immunosuppressed.  In an outpatient clinic, the most common cause of thrush is patients who have been on a long course of broad spectrum antibiotics, which have reduced the normal bacterial flora […]

Intertrigo is one of the most common skin conditions that I see both in my Conroe dermatology and Woodlands dermatology offices.  It is sometimes called a “heat rash” and occurs anywhere two skin surfaces rub together which produces friction and heat.  This friction causes skin breakdown, which initially becomes red and inflamed and can ultimately […]

Perleche is candidiasis, a yeast infection, that occurs in the corners of the mouth and I encounter this condition frequently in both my Conroe dermatology and The Woodlands dermatology offices.  Perleche usually does not arise until patients are in there 40s or 50s and the corners of the mouth turn downwards forming a small crease in the skin […]

Keratosis Pilaris Atrophicans is a variant of the Keratosis Pilaris that occurs on the arms/face/trunk except this type has a predilection for the face.  The lesions are spiny follicular papules appearing identical to typical Keratosis Pilaris lesions. They typically begin in childhood but they ultimately involute and leave atrophic pitted scars.  If the lesions occur […]

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a rash that I commonly see in my Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology clinics most commonly found on the upper arms but can involve the legs, chest, back and even the face as a mimicker of acne.  KP is a genetic condition passed on in an autosomal dominant pattern, so if […]

Nickel is an extremely common allergen that causes rashes affecting up to 15% of the population and I frequently encounter this skin condition in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  The most common location for a nickel allergy is on the abdomen where the button of pants and shorts touches the skin.  […]

Poison ivy is a very common cause of skin rash that I see in both my Conroe dermatology and Woodlands dermatology offices.  It is most common in the summertime when patients engage in more outdoor activities but can arise any time of year.  The allergen that causes poison ivy is a resin from the Anacardiaceae […]

Very thick actinic keratoses, which cannot be treated with liquid nitrogen or the myriad topical creams are amenable to treatment with a procedure called electrodessication and curettage.  The actinic keratosis is anesthetized with a small amount of lideocaine and a sharp instrument called a curette is used to essentially scrape away the very thick keratotic portion […]

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is one of the newer and more novel treatments for actinic keratoses.  PDT involves the application of a photosensitizing agent to sun damaged skin.  There are two commonly used photosensitizing agents: aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and methylaminolevulinate (MAL).  Only ALA is available in the United States.  It is sold under the brand name Levulan and […]

Efudex (Fluorouracil) is a topical chemotherapy cream that is very effective in the treatment of actinic keratoses.  It is applied to a small treatment area twice a day for 2-4 weeks.  The area the cream is applied to becomes very inflamed and tender for the duration of the treatment and appears like a very bad sunburn.  […]

Cryosurgery is the most common treatment method for actinic keratoses.  Cryosurgery involves the application of liquid nitrogen to an actinic keratosis. In my practice, I use a cryogun which emits a controlled spray of liquid nitrogen onto the actinic keratosis.  This is called the “open spray” technique and is the type favored by most dermatologists.  Some […]

Actinic keratoses (AKs) are pre-cancerous skin lesions, which can progress to squamous cell cancer if left untreated.  They occur on sun-exposed areas such as the arms, hands, scalp, ears, nose, temples, forehead, lips, neck and the lower legs.  Clinically, they appear as red scaly lesions that are very rough and feel like sandpaper.  Approximately, 10% […]