Posts for category: Skin Care

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care

With unprecedented times comes unprecedented efforts and valiance. We express our fondest gratitude to those on the frontlines working to flatten the curve and do their part to ensure a success combating the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Let's take this time to focus on our health as well as the health and wellness of others by supporting our communities— remembering self-care, washing our hands, and showing kindness and gratitude even during the toughest times.

Though there may be much uncertainty, there is one thing we are sure of— we will recover.

Stay HEALTHY with
Virtual FaceTime VISITS

The health and well-being of our patients is our #1 priority.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery offices of Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti with any questions!

630.321.0303

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: coronavirus   hand washing  

Hand washing is the best way to protect against infection.

We learned how to wash our hands as children and yet, we often forget just how important proper hand washing actually is. With the handwashingconcern of the recent coronavirus outbreak, it’s now more important than ever for people to practice proper hand washing; however, for it to be effective you actually have to do it right. Our South Barrington and Willowbrook, Illinois, Physicians Dr. Jeffery Berti and Dr. Toula Berti want to make sure you stay healthy and safe during these times. Here’s how to avoid infection by keeping your hands clean and what can be done to keep your skin healthy while washing your hands so often.

Wash Your Hands Often

It’s important that you wash your hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs. According to the CDC, you should wash your hands,

  • Immediately upon entry into home or business

  • Before and after preparing and eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick

  • Before and after going to stores

  • After you use the bathroom

  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose

Know How to Wash

Hand washing is one of the most effective and easiest ways to stave off germs and to stop an infection from spreading. Yet many people aren’t washing their hands properly. These simple steps could keep you and your family healthy,

  • Run your hands under cold or warm water. Avoid hot water, which can cause skin to dry and crack, making it more susceptible to infection.

  • Rub your hands together with a mild soap, making sure to lather up the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under the nails.

  • You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each and every time. Not sure you’re washing your hands long enough? The CDC recommends singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

  • Rinse off the soap and then towel dry your hands (or let them air dry). You can try patting rather than rubbing your skin when drying your hands.

  • Apply a moisturizer right away - Frequently washing hands, while essential, can also dry your skin and cause irritation in your hands, causing them to become dry and cracked. After washing your hands, you should use moisturizer such as a hand cream to maintain moisture in your hands.

Turn to Sanitizer When Absolutely Necessary

While hand washing is truly the best way to rid yourself of potentially harmful germs, if you don’t have access to a sink or soap you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. While sanitizer can get rid of some germs it can’t get rid of all germs. Therefore, use sanitizer or sanitizer wipes when you’re on the go but remember to wash your hands as soon as you possibly can. 

Remember to wipe down surfaces in your home and car steering wheel often with sanitizer wipes.

If you are looking for a dermatologist in South Barrington or Willowbrook, IL, who can provide you with treatment for every concern regarding your skin, hair and nails, then call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington, for an appointment or request a convenient time online or via Zocdoc.

FACE TIME appointments now available! Be able to have your visit in the convenience and safety of your own home.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: rash   coronavirus  

Is Your RASH a Concern

More Information regarding Coronavirus


Viral Exanthem (Rash)



It has come to our attention that approximately 11-15% of all Coronavirus infections may present with a rash. Having a presenting sign RASHof a rash (exanthem) is not new for coronavirus, in fact, many viruses historically may present with a new onset rash and dermatologists and physicians are well trained to evaluate such rashes. Some rashes may also be attributed to bacterial infections and may be life-threatening, so having prompt evaluation and treatment is paramount.


An exanthem is a rash or eruption on the skin. "Viral" means that the rash or eruption is a symptom of an infection due to a virus.

Viral exanthems can be caused by many viruses, such as the coronavirus we have all heard about, but also various enterovirus, adenovirus, chickenpox, measles, rubella, mononucleosis, parvovirus. and certain herpes viruses and zoster (latent viral exanthems). Viral exanthems are very common and can vary in appearance. Most cause red or pink spots on the skin over large parts of the body. Often, these don't itch, but some types can cause blisters and be very itchy.

Many of the infections that cause viral exanthems also can cause fever, headaches, sore throat, and fatigue. Most will run their course in a few days or a couple of weeks and will clear up without treatment.

Viral infections can be highly contagious, though, so anyone with a viral exanthem should avoid close contact with others until the rash is gone.


Keep in Mind

Viral exanthems and the infections that cause them usually aren't treatable, but they almost always clear up quickly on their own with no long-term problems. However, now if you have a new onset rash, this could be a first symptom of coronavirus, so it is very important you contact a doctor's office. This is why our office is offering FaceTime appointments for the safety of you and others, as well as for the privacy and convenience. If you do not have FaceTime options available, we will certainly do our best to address these issues via a phone call visit. Also of note, as mentioned above, some serious bacterial infections also cause rashes, so it's important for the doctor to evaluate an exanthem.

Contact Us

Stay healthy during this remarkable time and know that the physicians and staff at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery are here to help you and keep you well. Call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook office and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington, for an appointment or request a convenient time online or via Zocdoc. FaceTime appointments are now available. Be able to have your visit in the convenience and safety of your own home. FaceTime appointments are available for all insurances we are contracted with as well as now including Medicare. Call today.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
January 21, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   dry hands  

Finding relief for dry skin is important, because when untreated, it may result in the skin on your hands becoming dry and scaly, and may dry handsdevelop deep and painful cracks that bleed. If you are dealing with these symptoms you may have more than dry skin. Hand eczema could be the culprit.

Hand eczema can cause the following:

  • Dry, chapped skin (often the first sign)
  • Patches of red (or dark brown) irritated skin
  • Scaly and inflamed skin that may itch
  • Burning sensation
  • Itchy blisters
  • Deep, painful cracks
  • Bleeding or weeping skin
  • Crusts, pus, and pain

Because it often looks like dry skin, hand eczema can easily be mistaken for dry skin. Unlike dry skin, you need more than a good moisturizer to get rid of hand eczema.

Relief requires finding the cause
Effective treatment begins with finding the cause. Anything that irritates your skin can cause hand eczema. Even something as harmless as water can irritate your skin if you often have wet hands. Many people who frequently have wet hands throughout the day, such as nurses, hair stylists, and plumbers get hand eczema.

Working with chemicals like solvents, detergents, or cement also increases the risk. Hand eczema is common among construction workers and machinists.

Hand eczema can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Some health care workers get hand eczema from wearing latex gloves.

You also have a higher risk of developing hand eczema if you had atopic dermatitis (often called eczema) as a child.
Because so many things can cause hand eczema, finding the cause can be tricky. Until you find the cause and avoid it, hand eczema can worsen. That’s why it can help to see a dermatologist. The doctors Berti at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois have the expertise needed to track down the cause and treat the issue.

If you have extremely dry, painful hands and using moisturizer throughout the day fails to bring relief, you may have hand eczema. Without treatment and preventive measures, hand eczema tends to worsen. Please contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
September 05, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Psoriasis  

Find out how to get your psoriasis symptoms under control.

Here at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington and Willowbrook, Illinois, our dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. psoriasisToula Berti want you to be able to make informed decisions about your health so you feel proactive and in better control of your psoriasis.

About Psoriasis
It’s important to understand this condition before you understand how to treat it. This is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin, causing raised, scaly red patches to develop on the body. This condition is not contagious. If you think that you may have psoriasis, then a complete evaluation with probable biopsy of a skin lesion to confirm the diagnosis would be a beneficial first step towards achieving clear skin.

There are different types of psoriasis and some people with this disease also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can cause severe pain and damage to joints that can affect mobility. It’s important to see your South Barrington and Willowbrook skin doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of psoriasis.

Managing Your Psoriasis
Here’s what you can do to help manage your condition:

  • Take care of your skin and prevent injuries such as burns and cuts
  • Pay attention to your joints and how they feel. See our dermatologists if you experience stiff or sore joints, particularly upon waking
  • Do not scratch itchy plaques, as this will only make flare-ups worse
  • Figure out your triggers (e.g. stress; alcohol; cold weather) and avoid them
  • Initiate an anti-inflammatory diet, such as the paleo diet
  • Follow any medication and treatment plan prescribed by your doctor

Our dermatologists will create a customized treatment plan based on the symptoms you are having, as well as the type and severity of your condition. Common treatment options for psoriasis include:

Topical medications: Various topical steroids are used frequently for mild psoriasis, usually these are prescription strength. There are also other topical medication formulations that help prevent psoriasis from flaring. Your doctor will best help you decide which medicine would work best for you.

Biologic therapy: For moderate to severe psoriasis, there have been advancements in treatment, including 11 biologic medications to help control psoriasis. These medications target a specific part of your immune system. The drugs block certain cells or proteins that play a role in psoriasis. They keep them from going into overdrive. While that helps with inflammation and other issues, it also lowers your body’s defenses. These specific medications may also treat psoriatic arthritis or protect the joints of someone with psoriasis. 

Light therapy (or phototherapy): Some exposure to light (UVA and/or UVB) can be beneficial for plaques. Of course, you don’t want to spend too much time in the sun, as this can cause sunburns. Light therapy may be a great treatment option for children with psoriasis as well as those dealing with symptoms that appear in certain areas such as the scalp, groin or knees.

Here at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington and Willowbrook, Illinois, we want our patients to be able to treat any skin problem that comes their way. If you or a loved one is dealing with psoriasis and hasn’t found the right treatment plan to provide relief, then call our office today. Call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook office and (847) 304-0303 for our South Barrington location.



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