Dermatology conditions treated at The Christ Hospital

Uncomfortable or unsightly skin conditions, such as rashes, dermatitis or acne, can keep you from enjoying your best life. The symptoms may affect the way you sleep or keep you from spending time with friends and family. 

The good news is: You don’t have to live with the pain or embarrassment. 

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our dermatologists use a variety of medicines, injections and procedures to restore your healthy skin – and lifestyle.

Our compassionate specialists are experts at diagnosing common and complex conditions affecting the skin, mucus membranes, nails and hair. We look for what’s causing your skin problem, and work with other medical specialists if needed to treat your condition. 

Some skin conditions we treat are listed below. 

Common skin disorders

  • Acne – severe pimples including whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts in adults and teens.

  • Dry skin – scaly, flakey or cracked skin caused by aging, skin diseases, frequent washing or climate.

  • Keratosis pilaris – small, scaly bumps that form on the hair follicles, usually on the back of the upper arms, thighs, buttocks or cheeks. 

  • Psoriasis – autoimmune disease that causes dry, itchy, silvery scales (plaques) that form on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back.

  • Rosacea – flare-ups that cause redness, pimples and broken blood vessels that often affect the face and eyes. 

  • Sebaceous cysts – bumps that form slowly under the skin that can sometimes become swollen, tender, large or infected. 

Discoloration and growths

  • Birthmarks – raised or discolored areas made up of malformed pigment cells or blood vessels. 

  • Benign skin growths – non-cancerous skin changes, including dermatofibromas, dermoid cysts, lipomas, moles and seborrheic keratoses.

  • Skin cancer – abnormal cells that grow into a lump or tumor, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. 

  • Skin pigment disorders – problems with melanin, or skin pigmentation, such as melasma and vitiligo. 

Rashes (skin inflammation) and dermatitis

  • Dermatitis – different types often cause itchy, scaly, red or bumpy skin due to a reaction to an allergen, gluten, medicines or oil production on the skin.

  • Eczema – also called atopic dermatitis, results in dry, itchy and scaly patches usually on the face and head in babies and children.

  • Drug rashes – inflammation caused by certain medicines, including some diuretics, anticoagulants, antibiotics and drugs for seizures and diabetes.

  • Poison ivy, poison oak and sumac rash – allergic reaction to plant oils that causes an itchy rash with red bumps and blisters that can break open and crust over.

  • Seborrheic dermatitis – bumpy red, scaly, flakey and greasy skin found on the ears, face, scalp, back and upper chest that may be caused by a reaction to yeast or oil production.

  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis – life-threatening skin blistering and peeling that causes pain and raw skin areas, often due to a reaction to antibiotics or anti-seizure medicines.

Skin infections

  • Common bacterial infections – skin and nail infections such as impetigo, paronychia and erysipelas which can result in raised rashes, pain, blisters and pus-filled abscesses. 

  • Cellulitis – bacterial infection that results after skin break or injury, causing redness, swelling, pain, blisters and flu-like symptoms. 

  • Folliculitis, boils and carbuncles – irritation, bumps or lumps that affect the hair follicles, most often where there is rubbing or sweating such as the groin, underarms, neck, buttocks or thighs. 

  • Shingles – nerve infection caused by the herpes zoster virus that results in a painful rash or small blisters usually on one side of the body. 

  • Tinea versicolor – fungal or yeast infection that causes white, pink or brown patches of skin, usually found on the neck, upper back, chest or shoulders.

  • Warts – skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus, including common warts, flat warts, genital warts and plantar warts. 

Hair and sweating disorders

  • Alopecia – baldness that can happen on the scalp or anywhere on the body caused by aging, hormones, illness, heredity and some medicines. 

  • Hirsutism – excessive body hair growth due to endocrine disorders, insulin resistance, use of steroids and certain medicines and genetics.

  • Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating that can affect the entire body, usually the palms, feet, armpits and groin area. 

  • Ingrown hairs – redness and inflammation caused by hair that curls and pokes the skin, most often in the beard and groin area.

Learn more dermatology treatments we offer at The Christ Hospital Health Network.