At Valley Dermatology Associates we take great pride in offering complete and comprehensive Dermatologic care for your entire family. From the initial diagnosis to the recommendation of effective treatments and beyond, we’ll work together with you to provide the best personalized path to wellness available. You deserve the best and our health care providers have extensive backgrounds and expertise in dermatology to provide you with the highest level of care and detection available. Convenient and reliable clinic hours make scheduling easy and our office location allows easy access no matter where your coming to us from. Let our amazing Valley Dermatology Associates staff care for you!
If you can see it, we can treat it. Here are just a few diagnoses we see in our office.
- Athlete’s Foot
- Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
- Contact Dermatitis
- Dry Skin & Keratosis Pilaris
- Hair Loss
- Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
- Mature Skin
- Nail Fungus
- Perioral Dermatitis
- Skin Infections
- Sun Damage
- Vascular Birthmarks
We know the importance of maintaining healthy skin not only for your outward appearance but also for your overall health. We at Valley Dermatology Associates are here to help you with any condition that might be of concern. We also can help educate you regarding healthy skincare habits, skin disease prevention and maintenance.
SKIN CANCER SCREENING
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States. The three most common malignant skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and Melanoma. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point of their lives and an average of 175 Washington state residents die every year as a result of a Melanoma diagnosis
Over-exposure to UV rays from the sun and use of tanning beds are primary contributors to skin cancer development. Did you know that certain medications increase to your risk of over-exposure to the suns UV rays? These reasons make skin cancer screenings with an emphasis on early detection an important and necessary part of your yearly health exams.
Actinic Keratosis are scaly or crusty precancerous growth on one’s skin. They appear on areas of the body that are most often exposed to the sun. The most common areas actinic keratosis develops are on the face, ears, scalp, and backs of hands, shoulders and neck. AKs are known to have a sandpaper texture which is why they are usually detected by touch rather than sight. AKs develop slowly over time and may sometimes disappear only to reappear again later. Most AK’s become red but will also be a tannish or pink color. Occasionally they itch and may become tender or prickly. Sometimes actinic keratosis become inflamed and red which may lead to bleeding. AKs indicate that you have long term sun damage which can develop into non-melanoma skin cancer. Treatment can be easy when AKs are treated reliably and multiple options are available.
Acne is one of the most common, chronic disorders affecting the hair follicle and sebaceous gland, causing a blockage of the follicle and inflammation. It mostly affects teenagers but also affects adult males and females of all races and ethnicity. Roughly 85% of 16-18 year olds are affected by acne. Acne is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and deep lumps (cysts or nodules) that look like and feel like boils. Acne most commonly occurs on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Treating acne can be a slow process because there is no overnight solution. Let us help!
Eczema is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It is very common in children but can occur at any age. Many people experience eczema on their arms or behind their knees. Babies often experience eczema on their face, especially their cheeks and chin. People are often diagnosed with Eczema during childhood but symptoms can present at any age. Symptoms may include itching, red patches, cracked or scaly skin, redness or burning. Several treatment options are available for all ages.
Psoriasis is common, chronic, inflammatory disease of the immune system with skin and joint involvement. Psoriasis develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. The body does not shed the excess skin cells, which causes the skin cells to pile up on the surface of the skin, causing patches of psoriasis. Nearly seven million people in the United States have psoriasis. Psoriasis may also affect the fingernails, toenails, soft tissue and the inside of the mouth. Psoriasis occurs in all age groups but it primarily affects adults and it appears equally in males and females. Several new and exciting treatment options are available! We can help you navigate your way to clearer skin.
“Rash” is a general term used for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash usually refers to a change in the skin that appears as a red patch, blisters on the skin or small bumps. If you experience a rash that does not go away on its own after a few weeks, we recommend that you make an appointment with your primary care physician. A referral for you can be sent for scheduling in our office.
ALLERGY PATCH TESTING
Patch testing is a testing procedure done to assist in diagnosing allergic skin reactions. Patch testing strips are comprised of potential reaction causing materials that occur in the home, work setting or recreational environment. Testing generally require 2-3 office visits over one week. Adhesive allergen patches are applied to the patient’s back and secured with hypoallergenic tape at the first visit. The allergens and tape remain in place for 48 hours and then are removed. Reactions are read after 72 – 96 hours and often, occasionally again at 7 days by your provider.
Your Dermatology provider assesses the site where the allergen patches were placed for redness and swelling. Based on these variables, the patient is judged to have an allergic reaction, and irritant reaction, or no reaction to each allergen. Your individual test results are then integrated with treatment history, exposures, and physical exam to determine if the positive allergic reactions are clinically relevant. A more precise treatment can be recommended from there.