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Dermatology

Skin conditions come in many forms, and affect people of all ages. Whether your concern is minor or life-threatening, trust Via Christi Clinic's board-certified dermatologists for effective treatment. 

  • Skin cancer: Skin cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells, which can be fatal if left unchecked. These growths are triggered by damage to skin cell DNA, often caused by ultraviolet radiation. There are varying types:
    • Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, originating in the pigment-producing cells of the epidermis. Recognized early, it is almost always curable. If not treated, it can spread throughout the body, making it difficult to treat.
       
    • Basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. It occurs in the deepest layer of the epidermis, and rarely spreads beyond the original site. Though not likely to be life-threatening, it can be disfiguring if not treated.
       
    • Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, arising in the upper layers of the skin. They are most common in skin areas frequently exposed to the sun. 
       
  • Actinic keratoses: These scaly, crusty growths are precancerous skin lesions that are caused by ultraviolet exposure. They can result from too much time in the sun or indoor tanning beds. Left untreated, they can turn into skin cancer.
     
  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a multisystem inflammatory disorder that often presents first in the skin. It typically starts as red lesions with silvery scale on the elbows, knees, and trunk. Approximately 30% of patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. Many treatments are currently available, and most patients experience significant improvement.
     
  • Acne: This is a common skin condition that affects 40-50 million Americans. These blemishes can manifest themselves as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts and nodules. We offer multiple types of treatment depending your personal situation.
     
  • Rosacea: This condition commonly begins with redness on your nose and cheeks, that can then spread to your chin, forehead or ears. Other symptoms may include: acne-like breakouts; oily skin; thin, reddish purple veins; dry, itchy, irritated or bloodshot eyes, and more.
     
  • Cysts: A cyst is a pocket of tissue that can develop under the skin. The size can vary, and they can be filled with air, fluid, skin cells, bacteria or pus. If a cyst ruptures, it can cause pain and inflammation that takes a while to go away.
     
  • Moles: Moles are skins growths that are round or oval in shape, typically a single color and can be flat or raised. They can even have hair. Though they are harmless, skin cancer can develop in or near a mole. That's why it's important to examine your skin for changes that may indicate skin cancer.

For all of your skin health needs, call our Via Christi Clinic dermatologists today.