Adults carry about 8 pounds of skin, enough to cover 22 square feet, which makes the skin our largest organ. The doctors and staff at My Emergency Room 24/7 in San Marcos, Texas, diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions. Learn more by calling or stopping in today.
The most common skin conditions cause burning, redness, itching, or swelling. The caring medical team at My Emergency Room 24/7 routinely diagnose and treat patients with acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, fungal rashes, ringworm, eczema, and abscesses.
Acne is the most common of all skin conditions and affects the skin’s oil glands. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs, a pimple grows. Doctors at My Emergency Room 24/7 may suggest over-the-counter medications to treat acne. In severe cases, they may prescribe medications.
Eczema is a long-term skin disease that causes dry and itchy skin and rashes. There is no cure for eczema, but doctors at My Emergency Room 24/7 might suggest lifestyle changes, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, or topical ointments to relieve symptoms.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes thick patches of swollen, red, scaly skin. Some men and women with psoriasis report feeling itchy while others experience pain. Psoriasis patches are often found on the knees, elbows, and soles of the feet, but it can be found on other parts of your body as well. Psoriasis treatments are chosen based on the severity of the symptoms and size of the patches.
A rash causes dry, inflamed, and itchy skin, and it is often combined with pain or swelling. Skin rashes may result from allergies, fungal infections, such as ringworm, contact with heat, or inflammatory conditions. Some outbreaks can be prevented by:
Seborrhea, often called dandruff, primarily affects the scalp, but it can also be found on parts of the face and body. Infants with seborrhea are known to have cradle cap, which will normally go away after about six months.
A skin abscess is a bump of fluid or pus on the skin’s surface, sometimes called a boil. Bacterial infections, such as staphylococcus aureus, are usually the cause skin abscesses. Bacteria enter the skin through a hair follicle, cut, or wound that has punctured the skin.
Most abscesses will go away on their own. You can apply a heat compress to shrink and assist an abscess with drainage. If an abscess doesn’t go away after a few days, or new symptoms develop, the expert staff at My Emergency Room 24/7 can apply numbing medications and drain the fluid. After draining, your doctor will help prevent the abscess from returning by packing the wound with surgical material to keep it clean.
If your skin condition requires treatment, visit My Emergency Room 24/7 for a diagnosis and treatment. If you need a prescription, you can use the on-site pharmacy.