Posts for: January, 2020

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
January 21, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

As you probably know, relaxing our frown lines with Botox and all of the FDA approved similar medications, such as Dysport, have becomebotox one of the most popular ways to cosmetically enhance your skin. This non-invasive, injectable treatment offers a subtle, yet noticeable, difference in your skin, giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Read on to learn more, and contact Dr. Jeffery Berti or Dr. Toula Berti of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd, in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, to schedule a consultation.

How does Botox work?
Botox is made from a protein that naturally occurs in the environment. The substance is sterilized and FDA approved to inject small amounts into certain muscles to safely and temporarily weaken them from contracting so hard. When this happens, the wrinkles that have formed from constant muscular activity begin to smooth out. It takes about one week for the mechanism of Botox to take full effect and it lasts about 3 to 4 months.

Where can I have Botox placed?
Botox is approved for cosmetic use in the muscles on the forehead, between the eyebrows known as the “11’s” (glabellar lines), and the outer corners of the eyes ("crows' feet"). Your dermatologist in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, will examine the muscles and determine how Botox can help enhance your appearance.

Does Botox hurt?
Being an injectable, Botox does require the use of a very fine needle for placement. However, most patients do not report much, if any, discomfort during the brief procedure. There may be a slight pinch and a warm sensation during the application. After your Botox treatment, you may experience a slight headache or some localized bruising where the solution was injected. This is typically minor and shouldn't interfere with your daily activities.

If you want to learn more about Botox and if your skin could improve from its use please see Dr. Jeffery Berti or Dr. Toula Berti, contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd at either of our office locations: (630) 321-0303 (Willowbrook) or (847) 304-0303 (South Barrington).