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      About skin care

      What skin conditions do doctors on Sesame treat?

      Doctors on Sesame can diagnose and treat thousands of dermatological issues and medical conditions. Among some of the most common things treated include:

      Skin conditions:

      • Melanoma: This is a type of skin cancer in which the cells that are in charge of making your skin brown or tan grow out of control. This is a dangerous type of skin cancer because it can spread easily to other parts of the body if you wait too long to treat it. If you think you may have melanoma you should speak to a dermatologist about treatment options.

      • Psoriasis: This is a skin disease in which you get red, itchy, scale-like patches that affect mainly your knees, elbows, torso, and scalp. Though there is no cure for this disease there are treatments available to help with symptoms.

      • Dermatitis: This is a term used to describe skin irritation. It could be in the form of blisters, skin rashes, swelling, or dry skin. Examples of this include eczema and dandruff.

      • Eczema: Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition that affects children and adults. It causes your skin to be red and itchy, or thicken and crack.

      • Warts: Growths that occur on the skin. Common warts are small in size and have a grainy texture. You may see tiny black dots in the wart which are blood vessels that have clotted. Common warts are generally harmless but may cause you to feel self-conscious.

      • Rosacea: This is a skin condition that makes the skin on your face turn red and may sometimes cause small, pus-filled blisters as well. Some people also have naturally reddishness in their skin and may be mistaken for Rosacea. If you have red skin and would like to speak with a healthcare professional about a diagnosis, Sesame can help you find great options in your area at affordable rates.

      • Skin lesions: These can be unusual growths or skin that looks different than the surrounding skin. Common skin lesions include skin tags, moles, freckles, and birthmarks. Though most lesions aren’t dangerous, some may be red flags. If you are concerned about a skin lesion you may consider seeing a dermatologist.

      • Acne: There are several options available to help with acne treatment caused including medicine, cream, hormonal therapy, and in some severe cases isotretinoin.

      Cosmetic care:

      • Fine lines and wrinkles: As you age, your skin loses moisture and loses its ability to stretch and retract. Fine lines are pre-wrinkles. These are lines that occur when you use muscles in your face over and over. Wrinkles are deeper and may become permanent.

      • Age spots: Also called a liver spot, an age spot is a small, dark blotch on the skin. Though there is no harm in age spots they may cause a person to feel self-conscious.

      • Scars: Different surgical and non-surgical procedures can help reduce the severity of scars.

      • Discoloration or pigmentation: These conditions affect the color of your skin. Dark spots, vitiligo, and albinism are some pigmentation disorders.

      What is dermatology?

      Dermatology is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the skin, hair, and nails. Doctors of dermatology (dermatologists) specialize in treating conditions that affect these parts of the body, including skin diseases and some cosmetic conditions.

      Conditions that dermatologists treat include:
      - Acne
      - Melanoma (skin cancer)
      - Psoriasis
      - Eczema
      - Dermatitis
      - Hair disease/ hair loss
      - Rosacea
      - Moles
      - Canker sores
      - Vitiligo

      What is the difference between dermatology and skin care?

      Dermatologists are medical doctors who undergo special training to diagnose and treat various dermatological needs. Some conditions dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat include:

      - Eczema: Eczema is a red and itchy rash that is caused by irritants and allergens. Dermatologists can treat eczema with topical corticosteroid creams, moisturizers, or oral medication.

      - Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a common, chronic, condition that flares in cycles. A psoriasis flareup can cause red, itchy, and flaky skin on the torso, knees, elbows, or scalp. Dermatologists can treat psoriasis with topical creams, light therapy, or oral medication.

      - Dermatitis: Dermatitis refers to skin irritation that results in red, itchy, and dry skin. This can be caused by an allergic reaction, eczema, or yeast in the oil of the skin. A dermatologist can prescribe light therapy, creams, gels, or oral medication.

      Skin care, on the other hand, is handled by estheticians, professionals who specialize in the cosmetics of the skin. Estheticians are not medical doctors and cannot diagnose skin conditions or prescribe medication. They perform elective skin treatments that can help the appearance of the skin. Estheticians can perform cosmetic procedures such as waxing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and hair removal.

      What is a dermatologist?

      Dermatologists practice a specialized type of medicine focusing on the skin. A dermatologist is trained in diagnosing and treating diseases of the skin, hair, and nails, promoting skin health, managing cosmetic skin disorders, and more.

      Dermatologists can carry out specialized diagnostic procedures related to skin conditions. They can use treatments including externally applied, injected, and internal medicines, ultraviolet light therapy, surgical procedures, and more. They may also perform cosmetic procedures like chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and microdermabrasion.

      What does a dermatologist do?

      Dermatologists are highly specialized medical doctors who are trained to treat conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. They can specialize in several dermatologic specialties, including:

      - Pediatric dermatology: Pediatric dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin conditions in children. They treat conditions like birthmarks, warts, eczema, or psoriasis.

      - Dermatopathology: Dermatopathologists are doctors who specialize in both dermatology and pathology. This means they are trained to examine biopsied parts of the skin and write a biopsy report to determine the possibility of skin cancers (such as melanoma) or skin disease (such as impetigo, vitiligo, or warts). Some dermatopathologists undergo special training to be able to perform Mohs surgery, a precise technique used to get rid of skin cancer cells. The dermatopathologist uses a scalpel to remove cancer on the skin, as well as a thin layer of skin below. Once removed, this tissue is taken to a laboratory for analysis. This analysis helps the dermatopathologist determine if all the cancer cells from the skin have been removed, or if further surgery is needed.

      - Cosmetic dermatology: Cosmetic dermatologists are doctors who specialize in aesthetic skin care, treating conditions including acne, wrinkles, sagging skin, or varicose veins. These doctors are trained to perform cosmetic procedures like filler injections for sagging skin, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels.

      Dermatologists must complete 4 years of a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school, an internship, and a 3-year residency. After finishing their residency, a dermatologist can complete an exam to earn certification from the American Board of Dermatology. Board certification ensures that the dermatologist has the expertise and qualifications necessary to treat conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.

      What should I see a dermatologist for?

      A dermatologist can help you manage your overall skin health. Dermatologists evaluate and treat disorders of the skin, hair, nails, and adjacent mucous membranes.

      This includes skin ailments such as moles, contact dermatitis, rashes, genetic skin diseases, acne, and more.

      Seeing a dermatologist is also an essential part of preventing common skin problems like atopic dermatitis and hair loss.

      How do I choose a dermatologist?

      Choosing a dermatologist is an important and personal decision. If you are looking for a dermatologist, finding one who is convenient to your home and workplace is essential.

      Now, health care marketplaces like Sesame make it easier than ever to find a dermatologist at an affordable cash price. Browse the list of skin care services offered by providers on Sesame and book an appointment that fits into your schedule - no insurance needed.

      Can I consult a dermatologist online?

      Yes! Sesame offers a wide range of telehealth options, including video dermatology consultations for new and existing patients. Connect with a real, quality doctor on Sesame today to book a personalized visit that can help with skin conditions and skin care treatment plans.

      Dermatologists that offer video dermatology services on Sesame can help treat:
      -Acne
      -Eczema
      -Rashes
      -Psoriasis
      -Rosacea
      -Nail conditions (such as infections and injury)


      Sesame works with doctors to set prices directly on the site, so you pay one affordable price upfront without worrying about co-pays or surprise bills. Book an online visit with a top-rated health care provider or skin care specialist on Sesame for up to 60% less than what you'll find anywhere else. Video dermatology services on Sesame make it easy to regain control of your skin and get the skin care you need on your busy schedule.

      If you are experiencing severe skin issues, or require skin cancer treatment, such as a biopsy, you may consider booking an in-person office visit with a dermatologist on Sesame. Search for the type of care you need, compare prices, and book a visit at your convenience.

      What happens in a dermatology consultation?

      Most dermatology consultations start with the doctor reviewing the patient's medical history and asking about symptoms or complications the patient may be experiencing. After these initial steps, a physical exam, or a visual exam, of the affected area will usually be done so that the doctor can assess what skin condition may be affecting the patient. In certain cases, based on the doctor's findings, further testing may need to be done. These tests may include blood tests, skin samples, or biopsies to check for cancers or underlying conditions.

      If further testing is not required, the dermatologist or physician can give medical advice to the patient about treatment plan options and next steps. This way the patient has an understanding of available options and possible next steps.

      There are no risks associated with video dermatology consultations, as these online visits are meant to diagnose conditions. Video dermatology consultations can play a key part in creating treatment plan options to help reduce the effects of skin conditions and catch skin issues before they become more severe.

      What happens at a dermatologist appointment?

      Dermatology visits play a key role in maintaining healthy skin. These visits can also help catch dermatological issues such as skin disorders, skin infections, and skin disease. Scheduling an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist can help with several conditions. If you've never been to a dermatologist before, here's what to expect during your first visit:

      - Questions about your medical history: Your doctor will ask you questions about any medical conditions and skin problems you have experienced. They will also ask you questions about your skin care practices, and medications you may be taking. Even if you don't think a certain question is related to your skin, it helps the doctor get a better picture of your general health. It's recommended that you prepare a list of any medication you take, as well as questions you may have for the doctor. This helps you get the most out of your consultation.

      - Full-body skin exam: You may be asked to disrobe so that your doctor can check your skin for any skin conditions or signs of skin disease. This full-body skin examination helps doctors screen for skin problems such as:
      - Skin cancer (melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms)
      - Suspicious moles
      - Warts
      - Skin lesions


      Based on their findings, and your answers to their questions, your doctor will then discuss possible diagnoses and treatment plans that might be right for you.

      Sesame offers both in-person and video visits with skin care professionals, and dermatologists, at affordable prices. Search for the care you need, compare prices, and book a visit at your convenience. Save up to 60% when you book your first skin care consultation on Sesame!

      What types of conditions does a dermatologist treat?

      Dermatologists treat a wide range of conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, acne, wart removal, skin biopsies, and more.

      You can also see a dermatologist for scars, varicose veins, or wrinkles.

      Can doctors on Sesame refill my skin care prescription?

      Yes, book an online appointment with a doctor or provider on Sesame to get a prescription either delivered directly to you through SesameRx or sent to a local pharmacy of your choice.

      I’m concerned that a mole may be cancer. Is this the right visit?

      Many skin screenings can be done over video with a Sesame provider, however, your doctor may need to see you in person. If needed, your doctor may request follow-up visits to perform biopsies or additional lab work to confirm any initial diagnosis. A visit with a dermatologist near me can help with many of these issues.

      I’m at high risk for skin cancer. What do I need to do?

      Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is not as common as the other two major types of skin cancer. A skin cancer screening with a total body skin examination (TBSE) is arguably the safest, easiest, and possibly the most cost-effective screening test in medicine. This can be done by most doctors and nurses. There is no national consensus on how often to get screened but high-risk patients should be screened more frequently. Many providers recommend lifelong dermatologic surveillance for patients with a personal history of melanoma including, a family history of melanoma in two or more blood relatives, the presence of multiple atypical moles, the presence of numerous actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions that are grey to pink colored scaly patches of skin on sun-exposed areas of the body).

      An in-person or video skin consult is a good place to start for an affordable skin cancer screening.

      What’s the difference between seeing a family medicine physician and a dermatologist?

      In short, primary care / general practitioners/ family medicine providers can treat most non-serious skin issues. They are generally a good place to start for most skin issues including mild acne, warts, minor rashes, bug bites, simple cysts, dandruff, rosacea, athlete’s foot, and mild, benign lesions.

      If the GP doesn’t clear up the problem or the problem is deemed more serious by the GP, it’s time to consult a specialist.

      Specialists are often more expensive than a general primary care doctor and you may have to wait longer to see a dermatologist.

      What is the fastest way to see a dermatologist?

      If you are experiencing an urgent skin condition that requires immediate attention, book a video visit with a real doctor in Pinellas Park, FL on Sesame right away. If your skin condition is not urgent, or if you prefer to see a dermatologist in person, book your next appointment through Sesame.

      Doctors on Sesame can treat common skin conditions including:
      - Rashes
      - Burns
      - Atopic dermatitis
      - Bug bites
      - Cold sores


      Dermatologists generally treat chronic and long-lasting skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, warts, and skin cancers. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it is recommended that you book a video dermatology consult through a telehealth platform like Sesame.

      Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

      Nope! Some insurance networks won't cover a dermatologist visit without the referral of a primary care physician, but in most cases, you do not need a referral to see a dermatologist. You do not need a primary care physician's referral for cosmetic dermatology, for instance. Cosmetic procedures such as Botox, chemical peels, and fillers are elective, so all you need to do is get in touch with a cosmetic dermatologist to set up a consultation.

      Sesame makes it easier than ever to get in touch with a board-certified dermatologist or skin care expert. Whether you are experiencing urgent skin care problems (such as a rash, contact dermatitis, or bug bites) or want a consultation on acne, Sesame offers affordable and convenient visits with doctors in Pinellas Park, FL. Simply search for the care you want, compare prices, and pay upfront. No insurance needed. Book a visit today and save up to 60% on your next skin care visit.

      What is an online skin doctor appointment?

      Video skin consultations are a form of dermatology care used to connect patients to primary care providers and board-certified dermatologists, for skin health conditions such as acne, warts, moles, and skin cancers, as well as urgent care concerns such as bug bites, burns, rashes, and cold sores.

      Sesame offers both dermatology and skin consult appointments via video visits. Video skin consults are primarily used to help patients with urgent care concerns regarding the skin (such as those listed above). However, these visits can also help individuals determine whether or not they need to see a specialist to address their concerns. If you aren't sure whether or not you need to see a dermatologist, video skin consultations may be helpful in answering some of your questions and helping you with next steps.

      What are the benefits of video dermatology consult?

      Video dermatology consultations help patients address skin conditions without the hassle and stress of office visits. Video consultations mean no wait times, no crowds, and visits on your own schedule. Video dermatology consultations can help patients get medical advice and treatment plan options for conditions such as:
      - Acne
      - Eczema
      - Rashes
      - Psoriasis
      - Rosacea


      In some cases, follow-up visits may be required. Depending on the severity of the patient's skin condition, or if there is a risk of skin cancer, your dermatologist may request an in-person face-to-face office visit to get a skin sample or a biopsy.

      Will I have to pay for a follow-up visit?

      If your dermatologist recommends an in-person follow-up, you'll need to book and pay for that visit separately. Thankfully, Sesame's direct-to-patient platform makes booking follow-up easy and simple.

      What is acne?

      Acne is the common skin condition in the United States, experienced by about 85% of people between the ages of 12-24, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the pores on the surface of the skin become clogged by hair follicles, oily skin (also known as sebum), bacteria, and dead skin cells. Blockage of the skin’s pores results in blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and pimples. Acne may be a persistent condition that can scar the skin on the face, chest, forehead, and shoulders.

      If you are experiencing persistent or severe acne, you may want to seek medical attention.

      What causes acne?

      Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the pores on the surface of the skin become clogged by hair follicles, oily skin, bacteria, and dead skin cells.

      Hair follicles in the skin are connected to oil glands (sebaceous glands) that produce oil on the skin called sebum. When androgen hormones become active during puberty, these follicles can become sensitive to excess sebum and bacteria on the skin. As oil builds up in the pores of the skin, they become infected and inflamed. This inflammation eventually becomes a pimple, a whitehead (a closed pore), a blackhead (an open pore), or a pimple (pustule with pus at the tip).

      Some common acne triggers/ irritants include:

      - Hormonal changes: Fluctuating levels of the androgen hormone during puberty or around a woman’s period can cause excess sebum production, leading to clogged pores.

      - Medications: Certain medications such as corticosteroids, birth control pills, or testosterone can cause hormonal change and can lead to clogged pores.

      - Makeup or personal care products: Some cosmetic products and oily skin care products (like oily lotion, pomade, and face cream) can cause pores to clog. Most products are now tested to avoid clogging pores and carry the label non-comedogenic.

      - Air pollution or weather: Heavily polluted air or humid air can cause excess sweat and oil build up on the skin, which can lead to clogged pores.

      - Clothing: Clothing pressed tight against the skin of the torso, legs, or face can cause irritation, which leads to clogged pores.

      What are the different types of acne?

      Acne is a broad term to describe a skin condition that is caused by clogged pores on the surface of the skin. However, acne can vary in form and severity. There are several different types of acne conditions, including:

      - Blackheads: Blackheads are open, but clogged pores. Dead skin and sebum collect in the pore, causing a small red bump, and air exposure cause the open pore to discolor.

      - Whiteheads: Whiteheads are similar to blackheads, except the pore is closed to the air, causing a white tip.

      - Papules: Papules are small, red bumps caused by oil and dead skin cells clogging pores on the surface of the skin.

      - Pustules (or pimples): Pimples are small red bumps like papules, but are filled with pus. The pus in a pimple causes a small white tip to form on the bump.

      - Nodules: Nodules are firm, skin-colored bumps that live deep under the skin. These bumps can be painful and difficult to treat with over-the-counter medication.

      - Cysts: Cystic acne describes large, inflamed, and painful lesions that are found deep beneath the skin. Cystic acne is softer than nodules, due to the infections being filled with pus. These bumps can burst, causing further infection to the skin surrounding the cyst. Cysts are caused by clogged material deep within the pore of the skin. This type of acne can be very difficult to treat and can result in scarring of the skin if improperly treated.

      Most acne can be treated with self-care remedies and over-the-counter acne medications. However, more severe forms of acne such as nodules and cysts may require additional treatment from a dermatologist or pediatric dermatologist.

      What are common ways to treat acne?

      Mild acne can be treated at home with simple hygiene plans, along with non-prescription over-the-counter medication. Some examples of these self-care steps include:

      - Cleaning skin: Cleaning your skin once or twice a day with a mild soap (such as a facial cleanser with salicylic acid) can help unclog pores and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

      - Leave skin alone: Picking at, and popping, pimples can cause the infection to spread around the surface of the skin. Dermatologists recommend fighting the urge to pop pimples while using medication to clean the skin.

      - Using non-comedogenic makeup: Heavy makeup can clog pores and lead to infection in the pores of the skin. Be sure, when purchasing makeup products, to check if the product is non-comedogenic. This means that the product has been specially formulated to not clog pores.

      - Shampoo hair: Shampooing regularly can help keep hair follicles clean, while keeping sebum produced by the scalp away from your face and hairline.

      -Use over-the-counter acne medications: Products containing salicylic acid can remove dirt and oil from the skin while clearing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Additionally, topical acne medications that contain benzoyl peroxide can help kill harmful bacteria on the skin while drying out the oil from existing pimples.

      - Moisturize: Overly dry skin can cause the body to produce excess sebum, making the skin more oily than usual. Using a moisturizer daily can help the condition of the skin while keeping sebum production low. While using moisturizer may seem counterintuitive with oily skin, regular use can lead to lower levels of sebum production and clogged pores.

      If you are experiencing persistent, painful, or severe acne, you may want to seek medical advice. Your primary care physician can refer you to prescription medication, or a dermatologist, for further treatment.

      How can dermatologists help severe acne?

      In most mild cases, acne can be treated with self-care steps and over-the-counter acne medications. Washing your face regularly, moisturizing, and keeping your hands away from your face can help reduce acne and keep pores from clogging. However, if acne is persistent, painful, or severe, you may want to speak with a skin care professional, such as a dermatologist, for help with treating acne. Dermatologists can prescribe medication that may help reduce symptoms and prevent damage to the skin. Some examples of acne treatment that a dermatologist can provide include:

      - Topical retinoids: Retinoids are compounds derived from vitamin A, which come in creams, gels, and lotions. Retinoid medications help rapidly exfoliate the skin and prevent the clogging of hair follicles. Retinoids are often mild and available as an over-the-counter medication. Tretinoin is a synthetic Vitamin A compound - usually a topical cream or gel - that unclogs skin in the same way retinoid medication will. However, tretinoin is stronger and might be irritating to sensitive skin. Isotretinoin is an oral medication made of the synthetic vitamin A compound that can be used to treat severe acne. Tretinoin and isotretinoin are only available through prescription, and cannot be purchased as an over-the-counter medication.

      - Antibiotics: Antibiotics may be prescribed by your skin care provider to help treat inflammatory acne such as cysts, pustules, and nodules. These medications fight acne-causing bacteria in the skin and the body. Antibiotic acne medications are either topical (gels/ creams such as clindamycin or erythromycin) or oral (pills/ liquids such as minocycline or doxycycline). Antibiotics are intended for short-term use and may result in antibiotic resistance if used over too long a period.

      - Steroid injection: Your skin care provider may recommend a cortisone steroid injection for severe cystic acne. Cortisone steroids can help reduce inflammation and shrink the size of a painful cyst. The doctor performing this procedure will inject the steroid directly into the cyst, and you may experience skin thinning and discoloration where the shot was administered. However, cortisone steroid injections can help rapidly improve the skin’s condition and lessen pain associated with severe cystic acne.

      Sometimes over-the-counter medication and self-care just won’t do the trick with severe acne. If you are experiencing persistent breakouts, you may want to speak with a skin care provider or dermatologist to determine if prescription medication might be right for you.

      What is eczema?

      Eczema is a chronic condition that results in dry, itchy, red, and inflamed skin.

      Eczema affects 1 in 10 Americans, from infants to adults 65 and older, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). There are several types of eczema, including:

      Atopic dermatitis: The most common form of eczema, atopic dermatitis is caused by a weakened natural barrier of the skin, leaving you more vulnerable to irritants and allergens. Atopic dermatitis can be caused by environmental factors, a weakened immune system, or genetics.

      Contact dermatitis: Contact dermatitis can be caused by an allergic reaction to something you touch or by chemicals and harsh substances you may come into contact with. This can be caused by certain cleaning products (like bleach), poison ivy, skin care products, latex, or nickel metal.

      Hand eczema: Hand eczema, as its name suggests, is eczema that only affects the hands. It can often be caused by cleaning products, hair products, or laundry products.

      Neurodermatitis: The cause of Neurodermatitis is unknown. It can occur along with chronic skin conditions and may be triggered by stress. The irritated area becomes itchier as it is scratched, leading to wounds or skin infections.

      Nummular eczema: Nummular eczema describes a skin condition that results in itchy, coin-shaped spots on the skin. These spots can become crusty, scaly, or leak fluid. Nummular eczema can be caused by irritation from a bug bite, an allergic reaction, or excessively dry skin.

      Stasis dermatitis: According to the AAD, about 15-20 million people above the age of 50 live with stasis dermatitis. Stasis dermatitis results in affected skin that is rough, itchy, and red around varicose veins. Stasis dermatitis usually occurs due to poor blood flow in the legs. This skin condition can worsen and cause adverse side effects such as wounds, discoloration, and pain.

      What are the symptoms of eczema?

      Eczema can take different forms and present different symptoms - mostly based on where the affected skin is located on the body.

      According to the National Eczema Association, most types of eczema cause similar symptoms, which include:
      - Itchy skin
      - Dry skin
      - Inflamed and discolored skin
      - Crusting
      - Scaly patches of skin


      Depending on the type of eczema you are experiencing, these symptoms may vary. For instance, patients with stasis dermatitis often experience symptoms in the lower legs, near varicose veins. Those with hand eczema often experience scaly, itchy patches of skin on the hands and wrists. The severity and duration of these symptoms can differ from person to person. Some patients may experience flare-ups due to very dry skin or an allergic reaction. Some patients may only experience a brief period of symptoms, and nothing more.

      How is eczema treated?

      There is no cure for eczema, but there are treatment plans that can help manage and ease symptoms. These treatments include:

      - Over-the-counter medication: Anti-allergy medications such as antihistamines and topical anti-itch cream can help fight itchiness and inflammation of the affected skin. Non-prescription hydrocortisone creams can also help temporarily relieve itching, which may help the condition improve.

      - Moisturizing: Moisturizers, such as lotions, oils, or ointment can help reduce dryness and relieve itching. Moisturizing twice a day has been shown to soothe skin and relieve symptoms. If you are using hydrocortisone cream, it is best to apply the hydrocortisone after moisturizing so that the cream can be more easily absorbed by the skin.

      - Phototherapy: If a patient experiences flare-ups due to topical treatments, phototherapy (or light therapy) has been shown to reduce symptoms of eczema. Phototherapy is a process that exposes the patient to controlled doses of natural sunlight or UV rays. There are dangers associated with sun exposure, however, such as skin cancer and accelerated skin aging. Because of this, phototherapy is rarely used as a long-term treatment plan for eczema in adults and is never used for children or infants.

      - Prescription medication: For some severe or persistent cases of eczema, a doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce irritation and fight itchiness. These prescription medications may come in the form of an oral corticosteroid (such as prednisone) or topical steroid creams. It is recommended that you apply these medications after moisturizing to best help the medication penetrate the skin. Along with a corticosteroid treatment plan, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help keep bacteria from infecting the open cracks or sores on the surface of the skin.

      While there is no known cure for eczema, the side effects of eczema can be reduced and relieved with either at-home remedies, or prescription medication. Moisturizers, anti-itch creams, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs have all been shown to help patients manage their itching while reducing redness and scaly skin. Many of these methods have proven effective in minimizing side effects.

      How long does eczema last?

      Eczema is a highly persistent skin condition that usually won't go away without treatment. Unaddressed eczema can lead to open wounds, discolored skin, and bacterial skin diseases.

      While there is no known cure for eczema, at-home remedies have been shown to help reduce side effects and symptoms associated with the condition. Common at-home remedies include:

      - Moisturizing: Moisturizing once or twice daily can help soothe skin. Dry skin can cause flare-ups of eczema, so keeping skin moisturized not only helps reduce the side effects of eczema but can also help prevent flare-ups from occurring.

      - Cool compress: Soak a clean washcloth in cold bathwater and apply it to itchy and inflamed skin. The cool compress can help reduce the inflammatory swelling that can occur, while soothing itching.

      - Oatmeal baths: Add colloidal oatmeal to a lukewarm bath and soak affected skin to relieve itching and reduce irritation. Studies have shown that colloidal oatmeal protects skin and diminishes inflammatory cells that can lead to flare-ups.

      - Using gentle soaps and detergents: Because contact dermatitis can be caused by exposure to harsh chemicals and bleaches found in some cleaning products, swapping these products out for products that use natural ingredients and gentle cleansing compounds can help prevent flare-ups. Look for fragrance-free, color-free, and exfoliant-free products to help soothe the skin and reduce irritation.

      - Allergy medication: Because many forms of eczema flare-up due to irritation from allergens, taking an oral antihistamine or using anti-itch topical gel can help minimize the body’s reaction to allergens.

      - Protect the skin: Eczema gets itchier the more it is scratched. Continued scratching can lead to bleeding, open sores, and bacterial infections. Keeping the skin under clothing, using anti-itch treatments (such as those listed above), and keeping the skin moisturized can help prevent itchy, dry skin.

      If eczema is persistent or severe, speak with your primary care doctor or dermatologist about treatment options. Dermatologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat severe skin conditions like eczema and can prescribe maximum-strength medication to help alleviate the discomfort that comes with it.

      What causes skin rashes?

      Skin rash is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of skin reactions. There are countless causes of skin irritation, and skin rashes may take a variety of forms. Most cases of skin rash result in skin that is itchy, red, swollen, scaly, dry, or blistering. The symptoms and appearance of a skin rash will often help determine the irritant causing the reaction. Conditions that cause common skin rashes include:

      Sunburn: We've all been there. Prolonged exposure to UV rays from sunlight or sunlamps can lead to red, dry, hot, and blistering skin. Even your eyes can be burned by the sun, resulting in a gritty feeling, headaches, and eye twitches. After a few days, a sunburn will start to peel as the skin heals itself. There is no cure for sunburn, and symptoms usually dissipate within a few days, but you can use moisturizer and sunscreen to ease discomfort and prevent further damage.

      Allergens: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis occur when the skin has an allergic reaction after exposure to an irritant. Poison ivy, sumac, poison oak, ingredients in creams or lotions, and nickel metal are all examples of irritants that may cause an allergic reaction. Eczema may also be caused by dry skin, genetics, or an immune system condition. Most allergic reactions result in itchy skin, red spots, and scaly patches around the affected area. Dermatitis on the scalp can cause dandruff and hair loss if left untreated.

      Fungi: Fungal infections are skin diseases caused by fungi living on the skin. Common types of fungal infections include athlete's foot, diaper rash, yeast infections, and ringworm. These skin infections appear in warm, moist places and often occur as a side effect of poor hygiene. For instance, diaper rash is commonly caused by babies sitting too long in dirty diapers. Ringworm and athlete's foot are often passed through human-to-human contact with an infected person or a surface with fungi living on it. Fungal infections can lead to red rashes, itchiness, blisters, or peeling skin.

      Bacterial infection: Bacterial infections occur when bacteria enter the body through a cut or scrape on the skin. Impetigo, boils, leprosy, scarlet fever, and cellulitis are common forms of bacterial infections. These skin conditions are highly contagious and may cause lesions that ooze, ulcers, itchy skin, and swelling. Scarlet fever can result in a fever, sore throat, and a red rash on much of the body.

      Viral infection: Like bacterial infections, viral infections occur when a virus enters the body through a break in the skin (usually a cut or scrape). Viral infections may produce different symptoms, depending on the virus. Common viral infections of the skin include shingles, chickenpox, and warts. Shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus and result in itchy rashes, red spots, and blisters on the skin. Warts are caused by an infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV) and result in small, scaly bumps on the skin.

      Chronic skin disorders: Conditions such as lupus, rosacea, and psoriasis are chronic skin disorders that may occur without cause, or as a side effect of an autoimmune condition. Lupus and rosacea result in red rashes on the cheeks and nose, while psoriasis produces red, scaly, and itchy skin on the scalp. These conditions can be treated, but not cured.

      Dealing with itchy skin? Book an in-person or video dermatology consult on Sesame to talk with a real, quality dermatologist. Doctors on Sesame can address your symptoms, prescribe medication, and offer referrals if necessary. Save up to 60% on skin care when you book a visit on Sesame- no insurance needed.

      What are the symptoms of skin rash?

      Skin rashes occur in many different forms, and their symptoms can vary significantly depending on the cause of the irritation.

      Some common symptoms of skin rash include:
      - Itchy skin
      - Red spots
      - Excessive dryness
      - Scaly skin
      - Blisters
      - Skin infections


      Some skin rashes are accompanied by a high fever, headaches, nausea, and other medical conditions. Many cases of skin rash are caused by common irritation of the skin and can be treated with over-the-counter medication.

      If a skin rash occurs along with other symptoms, such as those listed above, you should seek medical attention right away. Skin rash can be a symptom of life-threatening medical conditions such as meningitis, toxic shock syndrome, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. If you have a skin rash along with a high fever, headache, or nausea, contact a health care provider immediately.

      Can allergies cause a skin rash?

      Skin rash is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of skin reactions. There are countless causes of skin irritation, and skin rashes may take a variety of forms. Most cases of skin rash result in skin that is itchy, red, swollen, scaly, dry, or blistering. The symptoms and appearance of a skin rash will often help determine the irritant causing the reaction.

      Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis occur when the skin has an allergic reaction after exposure to an irritant. Poison ivy, sumac, poison oak, ingredients in creams or lotions, and nickel metal are all examples of irritants that may cause an allergic reaction. Eczema may also be caused by dry skin, genetics, or an immune system condition. Most allergic reactions result in itchy skin, red spots, and scaly patches around the affected area. Dermatitis on the scalp can cause dandruff and hair loss if left untreated.

      Dealing with itchy skin? Book an in-person or video allergy/ dermatology consult on Sesame to talk with a real, quality dermatologist or allergist. Doctors on Sesame can address your symptoms, prescribe medication, and offer referrals if necessary. Save up to 60% on skin care when you book a visit on Sesame- no insurance needed.

      How do you treat a skin rash?

      It depends on the cause of the rash. In most cases, skin rashes can be treated through home remedies. If a skin rash has been caused by a bacterial or viral infection, additional medication (like an antibiotic) may be needed.

      Skin rashes caused by an irritant or allergen (dermatitis) are commonly treated with:
      - Hydrocortisone cream
      - Calamine lotion
      - Antifungal cream (like Lotrimin or Lamasil)
      - Topical antihistamine (like Benadryl cream)
      - Oral antihistamine (like Claritin or Benadryl pills)
      - Cortisone injection


      Simple steps such as daily moisturizing and sunscreen application can help reduce many skin rash symptoms and prevent further complications. Good hygiene and a skin care routine can go a long way toward preventing skin rash.

      In some instances, a skin rash may be a symptom of a more serious illness or disease. Skin rash accompanied by fever, headaches, and nausea is often a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection. If a skin rash is being caused by an infection or illness, advanced medication may be needed to treat symptoms. If you are experiencing a skin rash along with other symptoms of illness, contact your doctor right away.

      How long does it take for skin rashes to go away?

      Most cases of dermatitis (an allergic reaction or irritation of the skin) will clear up within 2-4 weeks if treated properly. If you can avoid the irritant that caused the rash, while treating the skin with moisturizer, anti-itch cream, and cool compresses, you should be able to treat moderate dermatitis on your own. Refrain from scratching the rash, as this further irritates the skin.

      Some cases of skin rash may be caused by underlying health conditions or infections. Rashes caused by an infection (such as impetigo or chickenpox) or rashes brought on by an illness (such as rosacea or lupus) may require medical treatment before they begin to clear up. Because these conditions require advanced treatment, recovery time may take longer. If you are dealing with a chronic skin rash or a skin rash caused by a health condition, talk to your doctor about treatment options and a timetable for when the irritation may begin to subside.

      Whatever you do, don't scratch the rash! This can spread an infection to other parts of the skin and further irritate an already irritated area.

      How do dermatologists diagnose hair loss?

      Doctors of dermatology, or dermatologists, specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the hair, skin, and nails. A dermatologist certified by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has specialized training to diagnose hair loss and prescribe hair loss treatments.

      During a hair loss consultation, dermatologists will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history to help assess risk factors associated with hair loss. They will also perform a visual exam to test the health of your hair and any clues about what is causing hair loss. You may be asked to take a blood test, to help determine whether or not your hair loss is being caused by high blood pressure, disease, vitamin deficiency, or hormonal imbalances.

      Hair loss can be caused by a wide range of factors and conditions of the body. It is recommended that you show up to a hair loss appointment prepared to talk about your health history, medications you might be taking, and lifestyle risk factors that could cause hair loss (such as blood pressure or regular cigarette smoking). After a dermatologist diagnoses the cause of your hair loss, they can prescribe medical treatments to help slow or stop further shedding.

      Finding hair on your pillow? If you are experiencing signs of hair loss, get in touch with a real, quality doctor on Sesame to talk about your symptoms and what may be causing them. Health care providers on Sesame can help diagnose hair loss, refer you to a specialist, and prescribe medication. With in-person and telehealth appointment options, it's never been easier to get the hair care you need. Save up to 60% on a hair loss consultation when you book a visit with a doctor on Sesame and get quality care at your convenience- no insurance needed.

      What are the common causes of hair loss?

      Hair loss (alopecia) is a common condition that affects 300+ million people every single year. Nearly 85% of men over the age of 50 will experience hair loss, as will nearly 50% of women. By the age of 35, two-thirds of men will experience symptoms of male pattern hair loss, with balding occurring as early as 21. There are several types of hair loss, just as there is a wide range of causes. Some common causes of hair loss include:

      • Hereditary hair loss: Hereditary hair loss as a result of aging is a medical condition called androgenetic alopecia (or androgenic alopecia), and is the most common cause of hair loss among adults. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness, occurs gradually as hair follicles shrink and eventually stop growing. In men, this is usually displayed by a receding hairline and bald spots. Women may experience thinning hair at the top of the head, and some patchy hair loss.

      • Hormone changes: Women may experience hair shedding and hair loss during pregnancy and after childbirth as a result of hormone changes in the body. Additionally, medical conditions such as thyroid problems can result in hair loss.

      • Medical conditions: Medical conditions such as alopecia areata can cause hair loss and scalp infections. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, which hold the hair shaft in place. This results in patchy hair loss, or total hair loss across the body (including eyelashes and eyebrows).

      • Stress: Stress can lead to temporary hair shedding. This may occur after the death of a loved one or a traumatic event. Hair loss due to stress is usually not permanent, and hair growth often resumes after some time.

      • Cancer treatment: Hair loss is a common side effect of radiation to the head (chemotherapy). Hair loss usually begins within the first few weeks of treatment, and may not grow back the same. Dermatologists will prescribe hair restoration treatment options (such as hair regrowth medication) to help restore healthy hair.

      • Hairstyles and hair care products: Hairstyles that pull hair such as ponytails, cornrows, and pigtails can cause permanent hair loss. Additionally, hair styling products such as dyes and perms can cause hair to fall out, sometimes permanently.

      Is hair shedding normal?

      There is a difference between hair loss and hair shedding. Because your hair follicles undergo a growth cycle, hair that is no longer growing will be shed as new hair grows in. The resting phase of hair is known as telogen, and roughly 10-15% of hair exists in telogen at any given time. It is normal to shed about 50-100 hairs every day, as hair follicles begin to grow new hair (called the anagen phase).

      Excessive hair shedding can lead to thinning hair and hair loss. Excessive hair shedding is known as telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium may be caused by hormonal changes (possibly brought on by menopause or birth control pills), stressors, or medical conditions.

      Medical conditions that can cause telogen effluvium include:
      - Anemia (Iron deficiency)
      - High fever
      - High blood pressure
      - Extreme weight loss
      - Thyroid conditions (like hypothyroidism/ hyperthyroidism)


      Types of hair loss such as male pattern baldness, and female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) are caused by genetics and result in permanent loss of hair. Hair shedding can be the result of environmental or medical factors and often will grow back with treatment.

      If you are experiencing excessive hair shedding, it is recommended that you get in touch with a health care provider as soon as possible. Telogen effluvium can signify serious medical conditions and should be addressed early to prevent complications later on. Book a hair loss consultation with a real, quality doctor on Sesame to discuss your symptoms and start a treatment plan right away. Don't wait to combat thinning hair, save up to 60% on your hair loss consultation when you book through Sesame- no insurance needed.

      What causes thinning hair?

      Thinning hair can be caused by a wide range of factors and health conditions. Hereditary genetics (androgenic alopecia) is the main cause of both male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss in adults. Other common causes of thinning hair and hair loss include:

      • Hormonal changes/ Stressors: Hormonal level changes during pregnancy and menopause, or an excess of stress hormones released during a traumatic time can lead to thinning hair and the stunting of hair growth. The medical term for stress-induced hair loss is telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when stress hormones (such as cortisol) push hair follicles into the resting growth phase. This prevents new hair from growing, eventually resulting in thinning hair and hair loss.

      • Medical conditions: Medical conditions such as alopecia areata or thyroid issues (like hyperthyroidism) are common causes of hair loss. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, which hold the hair shaft in place. This results in patchy hair loss, or total hair loss across the body (including eyelashes and eyebrows).

      • Cancer treatment: Radiation to the head and neck can cause thinning hair and hair loss. Hair falls out around the first few weeks of treatment, resulting in bald patches and patchy hair. After therapy, hair may not grow back the same.

      • Damaging hairstyles and hair care: Hairstyles that pull hair, such as tight ponytails, cornrows, and pigtails can cause hair breakage and hair loss. Over time, styling your hair like this can lead to thinning hair as damaged hair falls out. In addition to these hairstyles, hair products such as dyes and oil treatments can cause hair damage and hair loss. It is recommended that you look for gentle hair care products with mostly natural ingredients to prevent hair damage.

      If you're noticing extra hair on your brush, or hair on your pillow, you may be experiencing the early signs of thinning hair and hair loss. Connect with a primary care provider or dermatologist on Sesame today to discuss hair loss treatment options and get medical advice on how to prevent further shedding. With both in-person and telehealth visits available, Sesame makes it easier than ever to prevent hair loss and keep your healthy hair. Save up to 60% on hair care and skin care visits when you book a visit through Sesame- no insurance needed.

      Can hair grow back after thinning?

      It depends. If thinning hair is caused by genetics or an auto-immune disorder (like alopecia areata), hair may not grow back. In some cases, stress or hormonal changes can result in thinning hair. This condition, also known as telogen effluvium, occurs when a change in the body causes hair follicles to stop producing new hair. Telogen effluvium is commonly brought on by a stressful experience such as physical injury or pregnancy.

      Telogen effluvium is not a permanent condition, and thinning hair caused by telogen effluvium may grow back once hormones in the body have regained balance. If you are experiencing consistently thinning hair, dermatologists may prescribe medication to help reduce further thinning and stimulate hair growth.

      If you are experiencing symptoms of hair loss, doctors on Sesame can help. From consultations to medication prescriptions, doctors on Sesame will help assess your condition and provide the best treatment options for you. . Save up to 60% on hair health appointments when you book through Sesame and get quality care from real doctors, all on your schedule. With both in-person and telehealth visits available, Sesame makes it easy to get control of your hair loss. Book a visit today and get back to growing healthy hair- no insurance needed.

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