Acne & Acne Scars

Acne, a common condition affecting the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, causing a blockage of the follicles and inflammation in the affected area. Although the condition is chronic, in many cases, Acne can be treated or managed. We at Sum Health’s , Skin, Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Laser clinic provide a range of treatment options for Acne patients.

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Ultra-Violet Skin Analysis

Skin is the largest organ in our body. It is our outer covering and has multiple functions including protection from the harsh environment. Skin is not only a protective layer but also reflects on one’s health and age.

Analysis of the skin is the first step in improving one’s skin. There are various skin types and not all skin types are problematic but each skin type can be improved by correct skin treatment and skin care. Our doctors and experienced nurses can help you to determine the type of skin you have and what is the best treatment that can improve your skin.

Skin analysis involves taking skin history, current treatments, skin products in use and analysis of skin using specialized ultra-violet skin analyzer.

Management of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by well-marked, red and scaly plaques (thickened skin). At Sum Health’s skin clinic we offer treatment and management plans for psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a very common skin condition affecting more than 1 million Australians that is often visible as inflammation and silvery scale and has both internal and external triggers and effects. It is not contagious, curable or a passing itch. It is an immune condition characterised by the development of white or red areas of skin.

There are two types of psoriasis. The most common is onset at a young age, usually developing in people who have a family history of psoriasis. It is thought that psoriasis develops in people who have an inherited tendency, but not everyone who inherits the genes for psoriasis will get psoriasis. Less commonly, psoriasis can occur between the ages of 50 and 60 in people without a family history of the condition. This type of inherited psoriasis is usually mild and localised.

We advise all to contact us to find out more about how we can help you at the SUM Health clinic

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Treatment of Common Skin Rashes, Dermatitis & Eczema

The eczema and dermatitis are very common conditions and can affect up to 20%-25% of children at different ages and many adults as well. It encompasses a range of medical conditions with inflamed skin.

Eczema and dermatitis are chronic, itchy skin condition and through the various treatment options that include a tailored skin care plan, prescription creams, tablets, wet wraps and light treatment i.e. phototherapy, the conditions can be treated and controlled.

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Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea and acne rosacea are common inflammatory skin disorders that affect the face. Rosacea is a common chronic condition usually affecting the face, but occasionally extending to areas such as the neck and chest.

Common symptoms of rosacea are-

Extremely sensitive facial skin, often irritated by skin products, cosmetics and sunscreens

A tendency to blush and flush

Fixed facial redness, especially across the nose, cheeks, chin and central forehead

Enlarged small blood vessels (telangiectasia)

Yellow-headed pimples and pustules on the forehead, cheeks and chin

Non-tender lumps under the skin

Thickening of the skin of the nose (Rhinophyma)

Fortunately, while the reason for this common skin disorder is being debated, there are a variety of treatments for the very unpleasant symptoms of rosacea.

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Management of Hair, Nail Conditions

The hair and nail conditions are common presentations in day-to-day medical practice. Hair loss is a common problem that can affect people of all age. There are many different causes of the hair loss ( Alopecia) and hair growth disorders and some of these conditions may overlap or co-exist.

Alopecia is the general medical term for the hair loss however it does not refer to a specific type of medical problem and can be used interchangeably with the hair loss.

Different type of alopecia include:

  • Androgenic Alopecia (Male & Female pattern hair loss)
  • Telogen effluvium
  • Traction Alopecia
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Scarring Alopecia

Fingernails and toe nails are an extension of the skin. Hence nails can develop the conditions that you would usually see on the skin. These conditions can range from eczema, psoriasis to moles, melanomas and fungal infection.

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Treatment of Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

  • Hyperhidrosis is the medical terminology for excessive and uncontrollable sweating, affecting over 110, 000 patients in Australia. The inability to control perspiration, a problem that often starts during teenage years, can lead to tremendous self-consciousness, loss of self-esteem, and reluctance to participate in everyday activities.
  • Surgery is the last resort for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. There are conservative management plans are available for hyperhidrosis. The main treatments options available are:

Oral Medications – Pills known as anticholinergics cause whole-body dryness. Unfortunately they may also cause side-effects such as unpleasant dry eyes and irritating dry mouth.

Iontophoresis – One of the treatments of choice for sweating of the palms and soles is by Inotrophoresis.  Minerals and glycopyrrolate are passed through the skin by an electrical current in an iontophoresis machine, leading to a reduction of the activity of sweat glands. Treatment starts at 3 sessions a week, but gradually decreases to 1-2 treatments as maintenance per fortnight.

Muscle relaxants: Injections of muscle relaxants can be used at SUM Health clinic to treat the excessive sweating.

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