Dr. Metcalf has been trained to evaluate and treat numerous dermatologic medical conditions, the more common of which are discussed in more detail below.

 
Acne

This is a common condition occurring in all age groups, but especially in teenagers and young adults.  Dr. Metcalf has had extensive training in acne treatment ranging from proper skin care techniques to prescription treatment.  The same treatment does not work for everyone, and treatment is often individualized.

 
Eczema
Eczema is actually a general term encompassing skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), stasis dermatitis (eczema in the setting of leg swelling), and nummular dermatitis (coin-shaped eczema lesions).  Itching can be severe and secondary infection may occur.  Atopic dermatitis is very common, especially in childhood, and Dr. Metcalf has experience treating this condition in all degrees of severity and in children of all ages.

 
Moles
Moles are usually benign growths that begin in childhood or adulthood.  Rarely can moles develop into melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  Dr. Metcalf recommends regular full body skin examinations, especially in those with a personal or family history of melanoma or atypical moles.  Occasionally, normal-appearing moles can be bothersome due to location or appearance, and these can also be treated with a simple surgical procedure.

 
Skin Cancers
The development of skin cancer is multifactorial, with sun exposure, genetics and environmental exposures all potentially playing a part.  The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.  Dermatologists are extensively trained to distinguish between these lesions and their benign mimickers.  If, after performing a thorough skin examination, Dr. Metcalf is suspicious that a lesion may be a skin cancer, she will perform a biopsy under local anesthesia.  Treatment and prognosis both depend on the type and location of the skin cancer and will be fully discussed by Dr. Metcalf.

 
Psoriasis
This is a condition of the skin and potentially the joints and nails that affects approximately 2% of the population.  There is recent evidence that psoriasis is associated with other medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression, underscoring the need for adequate treatment.  Metcalf Dermatology offers a wide variety of treatment options for psoriasis, including the newest biologic therapies. 

 
Infections of the Skin, Hair and Nails
This is a broad category that includes viral infections (warts, molluscum, cold sores, and shingles), fungal infections (ringworm and nail fungus), and bacterial infections (folliculitis and impetigo).


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