Dermatology

Dermatology Specialist
Dermatology problems range from common skin rashes that go away in a few days, to unusual spots, bumps, and moles that are worrisome signs of skin cancer. The team at Holvik Family Health Center treats various skin concerns, including biopsies of moles that are irregular and sending them to a lab for testing. If you have any dermatology question, call their office in Visalia, California, or schedule an appointment online for your annual skin examination.

Dermatology Q & A

Holvik Family Health Center

What are the most common skin rashes?

The team at Holvik Family Health Center diagnose and treat a variety of dermatology problems, but skin rashes are the most common. Together with poison ivy and hives, these are some of the most frequent skin problems:

Eczema

Eczema is an umbrella name for a group of skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. The most common symptom is itching; its appearance may vary from red and swollen to dry and scaly, or sores that ooze then crust over.


Rosacea

This is an inflammatory skin condition that causes facial redness, tiny red veins, dry and sensitive skin, and blemishes that resemble acne.


Psoriasis

Psoriasis develops when the immune system releases hormones that make your skin grow more quickly than normal. The skin overgrowth accumulates into a thickened area – a patch of psoriasis – that turns red and becomes covered in scales.


How are skin rashes treated?

Treatment depends on the type of rash. It’s important to keep your skin well hydrated and a variety of medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and relieve itching. The team at Holvik Family Health Center runs allergy tests and helps you identify allergic triggers when needed.


What are the different types of skin cancer?

Unprotected exposure to natural or artificial sunlight can cause various types of skin cancer. They’re also curable, as long as Dr. Holvik identifies and treats them early.

Basal cell carcinoma

This most common type of skin cancer looks like a flesh-colored, pearl-sized bump, or like a pink patch of skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma

This second most common type of skin cancer begins as dry, scaly patches (actinic keratosis). As the patches become cancerous, they may look like a red bump, a scaly patch, or a sore that heals then reappears.

Melanoma

This is the deadliest form of skin cancer. While basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas may spread locally, melanoma spreads to other parts of the body, where it’s hard to treat. Melanoma often develops from moles, but it can also appear as a new spot on your skin that looks like a mole.

Can your mole be removed in the office?

Whether a mole involves a possibility of cancer, or you simply don’t like its appearance, the team at Holvik Family Health Center can remove it in their office. They also examine the mole and send it to a lab for testing if its irregular appearance suggests cancer.

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