About 1 in 4 Americans, or 84.5 million people, suffer from one or more skin conditions. Even though skin conditions are common, without proper treatment, they can negatively affect your self-esteem, confidence, and overall quality of life. Board-certified family practice physician Joshua Yager, MD, at Yager Family Medicine in Chamblee, Georgia, regularly works with people of all ages to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions, including rashes, lesions, psoriasis, and eczema. To request an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Skin conditions, or skin disorders, are a group of ailments that negatively impact the health, texture, and general appearance of your skin. Skin is your body’s largest organ and plays a crucial role in protecting you from the sun’s harsh UV rays, pollution, and environmental particles like dust and pollen. However, it isn’t invincible.
Some skin conditions occur as a result of allergies or exposure to irritating chemicals. Others occur as a result of genetics or underlying health problems. Most skin conditions respond to conservative, over-the-counter treatments, but others are life-threatening. If you regularly experience skin problems like rashes, lesions, or welts, don’t wait to seek medical help. The sooner you receive treatment, the quicker you can ease uncomfortable symptoms and feel better.
There are many different skin conditions. At Yager Family Medicine, Dr. Yager specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of:
Psoriasis is one of the most common skin disorders, affecting millions of people worldwide. This condition speeds up the lifespan of your skin cells, causing extra cells to form on the surface of your skin. These extra cells result in red, irritated, and itchy patches. There’s no cure for psoriasis, but it’s possible to manage your symptoms. Doing so can keep outbreaks to a minimum.
Eczema is another chronic skin condition that makes the top layer of your skin (epidermis) red and itchy. Eczema is especially common in children and teenagers, but it affects adults as well. Many people with eczema also suffer from allergy or hay fever.
Acne occurs as a result of clogged pores. It develops when oil and dead skin cells collect, resulting in whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, or deep, painful cysts. Many people think acne only affects teenagers, but that isn't always the case. Some people get acne well into adulthood.
At Yager Family Medicine, treatment for skin conditions starts with a comprehensive evaluation of your skin and a review of your medical history. Dr. Yager also asks you questions about your symptoms. If you have a lesion, he might also recommend a biopsy to see if it's cancerous.
After gathering this information, Dr. Yager develops a custom treatment plan. Depending on the type of skin condition you have, this might include an outpatient skin lesion removal, prescription medications or ointments, or a referral to a dermatologist.
Ultimately, Dr. Yager works to ease your symptoms while providing effective outcomes. To request your appointment at Yager Family Medicine, call the office or book online today.