Houston Methodist delivers specialty care to patients suffering from diseases or conditions affecting the skin. We offer both outpatient services as well as inpatient consultations for a variety of skin conditions, including the following:
- Skin reactions include a noticeable change in color, texture or sensitivity of the skin, for example becoming red, bumpy or itchy. Addressing the cause can help ease the symptoms of your skin reaction.
- Skin infections, if not treated appropriately or immediately, for example a cut or rash, can become infected. Skin infections are identified by their cause, such as a staph infection, which can begin with a small cut, or boil, which starts in a hair follicle or oil gland.
- Psoriasis is a common skin condition that results in a build up of thick, dry and itchy skin and can appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp. It is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. Treatments options, however, vary according to the severity of your condition and include topical medications, orals, injections, as well as light-box treatments. Working closely with your dermatologist and following prescribed, individualized treatment can help you manage your psoriasis.
- Eczema (also know as atopic dermatitis) is a chronic condition where your skin appears itchy and red or irritated. It is most common in infants and children, and is often outgrown, but can appear at any age. Flare-ups are not unusual and then subside. With the right treatment, it can be managed.
- Basal and squamous skin cancers are the most common form of all cancers. Both are results of cumulative over exposure to sun and most often appear on the head, neck or back of hands. Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) are more likely to grow into deeper layers of the skin and spread to other organs, where basal-cell cancer does not often spread to other organs. It starts in the outermost layer of the skin, in the basal cells. Once removed, basal-cell carcinoma can recur or appear in other areas on the body, so diligent observation and check ups are necessary.
- Malignant melanoma is generated from similar pigment-making skin cells that make moles. Discoloration or changes in size of a mole or other skin pigmentation should be examined immediately by a dermatologist to determine whether it is benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Melanoma is less common the basal- and squamous-cell cancers, but more dangerous and if not caught early, can spread to other organs. People exposed to natural or artificial sunlight (tanning beds) for long periods of time have an increased risk of developing melanoma. Other risk factors include those with fair skin, history of sunburns, many moles, family history of melanoma or history of unusual moles.