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Posts for: October, 2020

By Linda Banta, MD
October 12, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Poison Ivy   Rash   Sumac   Oak   Itchy Skin  
ItchingSome many conditions and problems could lead to itchy skin; however, if you’ve been exposed to poison ivy, sumac, or oak you must be able to recognize the symptoms. It’s possible that you came into contact with poison ivy or any of these plants while on your typical walk or you may not even realize that the plants are hanging in your garden. If you do come into contact with poison ivy, sumac and oak here are what you should know.

You’re Allergic to the Oil from these Plants

Poison ivy secretes an oil known as urushiol. When a person comes in contact with the oils from these plants this causes an allergic reaction. You may notice a rash that forms in a straight line (as if you brushed against a poison ivy leaf). If you suspect that you’ve come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak, it’s important to wash your clothes immediately and to take a shower to prevent the oils from spreading further.

You Can Usually Treat It Yourself

While the rash can be unpleasant, symptoms should go away within 2-3 weeks. Since the rash can be quite itchy and uncomfortable, here are some ways to ease your symptoms:
  • Take cool, oatmeal baths to alleviate inflammation and itching
  • Apply calamine lotions to the skin to temporarily alleviate itching
  • Steroid creams (aka: cortisone cream) may also alleviate redness and inflammation
  • Apply cold compresses to the area when symptoms flare-up
  • Whatever you do, do not scratch your rash (this can lead to an infection)
Severe Symptoms Warrant a Doctor’s Visit

Some people have severe allergic reactions when they come into contact with poison ivy, sumac, or oak. You must call your dermatologist as soon as possible if:
  • Pus develops on the rash
  • You also have a fever over 100 F
  • You experience severe itching
  • The rash keeps spreading
  • You aren’t sure whether the rash is caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • The rash spreads to the mouth or the eyes
  • Symptoms don’t improve within a week
From poison ivy rashes to psoriasis, a dermatologist can treat a wide range of skin conditions and provide you with the treatment you need. If you have concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, call your dermatologist right away.

By Linda Banta, MD
October 07, 2020

It could be immensely frustrating and disheartening to see that you have two chins or a double chin when you work hard to tone and slim your body. Although not at all harmful, having a double chin could make some individuals look older than their real age, and not everyone wants that.

And while surgery could be an option, you could discuss less invasive and costly options with your dermatologist here at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Linda Banta, before conserving surgical intervention.

How a Double Chin Develops

Submental fat, commonly known as the double chin, is a very common issue that happens when a layer of stubborn fat develops below the chin. It is usually caused by weight gain. However, some people who are not overweight, in any way, can just as easily have a double chin. For instance, genetics or loss of skin elasticity due to aging also causes a double chin to form.

How to Get Rid of a Double Chin

A double chin resulting from weight gain could be addressed by losing excess weight. However, there’s also the risk of leaving a saggy chin behind. On the other hand, a double chin due to genetics won’t respond to weight loss. Either way, your dermatologist in San Antonio, TX, might recommend these clinically-proven fat-blasting procedures to eradicate your stubborn double chin:

WarmSculpting with Sculpsure

Also called lipolysis or liposculpture, warm sculpting utilizes heat via a laser for melting away fat and contouring the skin. The heat will be delivered to target areas in a feathering manner to ensure safety and comfort. If you have low pain tolerance, however, you could ask your dermatologist for a local anesthetic before starting the treatment.

For More Details on Our Double Chin Treatments, Talk to Us

Call (210) 494-0504 to arrange a visit with your dermatologist here at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Linda Banta.