Medical Services

Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer screening exams, oftentimes referred to as full body skin exams, are the best way to catch melanoma and other skin cancers early- when they’re easiest to treat. Everyone is a candidate for a skin cancer screening, although some are considered more of an at risk population.

Those with:
-Red or blonde hair
-Fair skin, freckles, light-colored eyes
-History of frequent or intense sun exposure
-Family history of melanoma
-Personal history of basal cell and/or squamous cell skin cancers

During the exam, you will be asked to put on a medical gown in order to be able to examine your entire body.  Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body.

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Lesion Removals

Excision refers to removal of a skin lesion by completely cutting it out.

Skin lesions need to be excised for various reasons. If a spot/area is suspicious it may be biopsied and sent off to the lab for further examination.

Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma need to be removed to prevent them from growing and becoming unmanageable.  Other reasons skin lesions are excised include cosmetic appearance, to remove an inflamed lesion, or recurrent infection.

During your consultation, your healthcare provider will thoroughly examine the lesion of concern and discuss the best treatment options for you.

Acne

Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. There are different types of acne – from whiteheads to blackheads, to deep, painful cystic acne. It most often appears on the face, chest, back, and shoulders.

The most common question we get asked is “Why do I have acne?” It is not a straight forward answer- but causative agents are bacteria, inflammation, and hormones.

After doing a thorough assessment, you and your healthcare provider will discuss the best way to target your type of acne. Ranging from prescription strength topical soaps and lotions, to oral systemic medications – including, but not limited to Accutane.

Roscaea

Rosacea is a common skin condition in the acne family that often begins with facial flushing and redness. It is chronic, but treatable and typically affects the central face.

Signs of Rosacea include:
-Persistent redness
-Thickening
-Flushing
-Bumps & pimples
-Visible blood vessels
-Eye irritation
-Burning/Stinging
-Dryness
-Swelling

The true cause of rosacea is still up for debate.  We know it is inflammatory in nature, with potentially an overgrowth of demodex as a contributing factor.

Treatment of rosacea is multi-faceted, and varies from one patient to another.  A range of oral and topical medications can be used to treat the various signs and symptoms associated with rosacea.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic disease related to the immune system. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the buildup of psoriasic lesions.

There are several types of psoriasis:
– Plaque
-Guttate
-Inverse
-Pustular
-Erythrodermic

Treating your psoriasis is important for effective disease management, reducing your risk for comorbidities and improving your overall health and quality of life. Here at the Dermatology Center of Connecticut we will work with you to set personal goals for managing your psoriasis.

There are a broad range of treatment options for those diagnosed with psoriasis ranging from prescription strength topical medications and phototherapy, to oral medications and biologics.

Eczema

Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. There are different types of eczema- atopic dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis.

Eczema is extremely common, and with modern day medicine- manageable. Over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema.

Eczema and its symptoms are different for everyone.  It doesn’t discriminate as it affects both adults and children.

Common symptoms are:
-Dry, sensitive skin
-Red, inflamed skin
-Moderate to severe itching
-Dark colored patches of skin
-Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
-Oozing or crusting
-Areas of swelling

While there is no cure for eczema, there are many treatment options. Depending on age and severity of eczema, treatments include over-the-counter remedies, prescription topical medications, phototherapy, immunosuppressants, and biologic drugs.

Hair Loss

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, affects both men and women. There are many different causes for hair loss including but not limited to hormones, thyroid issues, anemia, and autoimmune destruction.

The most common types of hair loss are:
-Androgenetic Alopecia
-Telogen Effluvium
-Anagen Effluvium
-Alopecia Areata
-Tinea Capitis
-Cicatricial Alopecia

During your appointment, lab work may be ordered and/or a biopsy of your scalp may be performed. After a thorough consultation and determination of the cause of hair loss, there is a wide range of treatment options from prescription topical medications, oral medications, injections, and platelet rich plasma.

Rashes

Everyone will experience a rash at some point in their life. Rashes can be uncomfortable, itchy, and when scratched or manipulated can then lead to a secondary bacterial infection.

Whether you have an acute onset rash, or one that you’ve been struggling with on and off your entire life, we are here to help.  We offer a variety of treatment options, from prescription strength topical medications, oral medications, injections, and PATCH testing.

PATCH testing refers to having strips containing the 35 most common allergens placed on your back to see what you react to.  It is a simple procedure to help diagnose allergic contact dermatitis and identify the causative agent(s).

Warts

Warts are a type of skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  They develop when HPV enters a cut or break in the skin.  The virus causes rough, skin colored bumps to form on the skin.  They are highly contagious.  The most common area warts appear is on the hands, but they can appear anywhere on the body.

There are different types of warts:
-Flat
-Plantar
-Genital
-Periungal/subungal warts.

Over-the-counter wart removal medications typically are not effective at treating warts.  In-office treatment options include cryotherapy, electrodessication, immunotherapy, and prescription strength topical medications.

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Location

60 Church Street, Unit 4B
Wallingford, CT 06492

We are located in the Yalesville section of Wallingford- off Route 68.

There are two Church Streets in Wallingford so we advise patients if it is your first time seeing us, to enter the cross street North Plains Industrial Road into your GPS to ensure you are traveling to the correct location.

From 91, we are off exit 15.
From the Merritt, we are off exit 66.

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

*Evening and weekend hours available upon occasion.

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