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By Stone Oak Dermatology
September 20, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: acne treatment  

Acne. It bothered you as a teen, and as an adult, you're experiencing those pimples again on your back, face and chest. Act on the acnebreakout soon, says the American Academy of Dermatology, or your acne could worsen. Why not visit your dermatologist in San Antonio, TX Dr. Linda Banta? At Stone Oak Dermatology, she sees patients of all ages and skin types, helping them control their acne.

What is acne?

It's an unsightly and embarrassing skin condition affecting literally millions of Americans. The blackheads, whiteheads, papules and cysts characteristic of acne develop in the oily sebaceous glands of the skin. When these become plugged with sebum or oil, and dead skin cells, acne breaks out. Besides how bad it looks, acne can become infected and even leave scars.

How can acne be treated?

As with any medical condition, prevention helps. So, if you're prone to acne, be sure to:

  • Wash your face and other affected areas with an over the counter acne scrub twice a day.
  • Be gentle as you wash, using your fingertips to gently exfoliate. Never scrub hard as this only further irritates the skin.
  • Avoid picking and squeezing lesions as this worsens how they look and feel and also can cause infection.
  • See your dermatologist in San Antonio right away when your at-home regimen is ineffective.

At Stone Oak Dermatology, Dr. Banta will examine your skin closely to determine what course of in-office and prescription treatments may help you best. Common options include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide available in various concentrations and ways of application (face clothes, creams, scrubs)
  • Tretinoin, a cream, gel or topical solution which limits the growth of skin cells affected by acne symptoms
  • Surgical extraction in the office (for deep cysts)
  • Topical antibiotic cream and oral antibiotics

Get clear and stay clear

Call Stone Oak Dermatology for a consultation with Dr. Linda Banta. Love your skin again. Phone us at (210) 494-0504.

By Stone Oak Dermatology
July 03, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cold sores  

Cold Sores can appear on the outside of the lipWhat are cold sores and what can you do to relieve your symptoms?

Most people who have had cold sores often know when they are about to appear. The tingling and burning sensation around the mouth is often the first indicator that a cold sore is imminent. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of Americans have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV­1), which causes cold sores. If you have cold sores then you are probably wondering more about this condition, how to treat it and what it means for your health.

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Symptoms often stick around for about two to three weeks. Besides experiencing oral sores around the mouth, people may also experience flu­like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and fatigue. These oral sores will often appear as tiny blisters that break open and scab over.

When should I see a doctor about cold sores?

While cold sores often don’t warrant a trip to the dermatologist, there are certain times when it might be advisable. These sores can be painful, so if you find it difficult to eat or talk then you will want to talk to your doctor about the best ways to alleviate the pain to make eating easier. The last thing you want to deal with is dehydration on top of an outbreak.

If these oral sores look different from other cold sore outbreaks, then it’s also worth seeing your dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or chemotherapy should also see their dermatologist to prevent further complications.

What treatments are available for cold sores?

While many cold sores will go away without the need for treatment, if you are experiencing pain we may prescribe a topical anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. There are also over­the-counter treatments that speed up healing and reduce pain. However, for those with severe infections your dermatologist may also prescribe an oral antiviral medication.

Those with weak immune systems and those who become dehydrated as a result of cold sores may need to go to the hospital to prevent further problems and to receive oral antivirals.

While you cannot cure the virus that causes cold sores, there are certainly ways to reduce your symptoms. Talk to your dermatologist to find out more!

By Stone Oak Dermatology
June 28, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Body Contouring   SculpSure  

Exercise and weight loss can improve your health and appearance, but sometimes layers of fat remain even after you've reached your Body contouringgoal weight. Luckily, it's easy to get rid of stubborn fat with laser body contouring treatments. San Antonio, TX, dermatologist Dr. Linda Banta provides a variety of cosmetic treatments designed to help you look your best.

What is body contouring?

Body contouring is used to remove fat and firm and reshape your body. Until recently, liposuction and CoolSculpting were the primary body contouring options. Although both are effective, skin sensation changes or infections can occur with liposuction, while nerve damage is a possibility if you choose CoolSculpting.

SculpSure, the newest contouring option, eliminates fat but doesn't cause any of the issues associated with other body contouring methods. SculpSure is an excellent choice if you want to eliminate fat in your abdomen, love handles, back or thighs.

How does SculpSure Work?

FDA-approved SculpSure uses heat generated by a laser to destroy fat cells under your skin without damaging your skin or cells surrounding the fat cells. Once fat cells are destroyed, they can't grow back. The cells destroyed by the laser are eliminated by your body's lymphatic system during the next three months. You'll probably begin to notice changes in as little as six weeks after SculpSure treatment, but won't see the full effects of treatment until 12 weeks.

What benefits does SculpSure offer?

SculpSure offers these advantages:

  • A Non-Surgical Contouring Option: Unlike liposuction, no surgery or anesthesia is required for SculpSure treatments.
  • Quick Treatments: Treatment only takes about 25 minutes.
  • No Downtime: You can return to your normal activities as soon as you leave your San Antonio dermatologist's office.
  • Increased Collagen Production: SculpSure increases production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that keep your skin young and firm.

Would you like to improve your appearance with SculpSure? Call San Antonio, TX, dermatologist Dr. Banta at (210) 494-0504 to schedule your appointment.

By Stone Oak Dermatology
July 17, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Poison IvyIf you spend time outdoors, then you’ve probably come into contact with poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac at some point in your life. The plants’ oily sap, known as urushiol causes many people to break out in an itchy rash. Urushiol is colorless or pale yellow oil that exudes from any cut part of the plant, including the roots, stems and leaves.

The intensely itchy rash is an allergic reaction to the sap and can appear on any part of the body. The severity of the reaction varies from person to person, depending on how much sap penetrates the skin and how sensitive the person is to it. The most common symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Redness or streaks
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Small or large blisters
  • Crusting skin when blisters have burst

When other parts of the body come into contact with the oil, the rash may continue to spread to new parts of the body. A common misconception is that people can develop the rash from touching another person’s poison ivy rash. However, you cannot give the rash to someone else. The person has to touch the actual oil from the plant in order have an allergic reaction.

When to See Your Dermatologist

Generally, a rash from poison ivy, oak or sumac will last 1 to 3 weeks and will go away on its own without treatment. But if you aren’t sure whether or not your rash is caused by poison ivy, or if you need treatment to relieve the itch, you may want to visit a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and care. You should also see your dermatologist if the rash is serious, in which case prescription medicine may be necessary. Swelling is a sign of serious infection.

Other signs that your rash may be serious include:

  • Conservative treatments won’t ease the itch
  • Rash begins to spread to numerous parts of the body
  • Pus, pain, swelling, warmth and other signs of infection are accompanying the rash
  • Fever
  • Facial swelling, especially on the eyelids
  • Rash develops on face, eyelids, lips or genitals
  • Breathing or swallowing becomes difficult

To avoid getting the rash caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac, learn how to recognize what these plants look like and stay away. Always wear long pants and long sleeves when you anticipate being in wooded areas, and wear gloves when gardening. If you come into contact with the plants, wash your skin and clothing immediately.  

Poison ivy, oak and sumaccan be a real nuisance and often difficult to detect. As a general rule, remember the common saying, “Leaves of three—let them be.” And if you do get the rash, visit our office for proper care.