What Are Topical Medications?
Topical medications are medications applied to the surface of the skin for treatment of a variety of skin conditions. Over the counter topical medications include various lotions or creams that may help control minor skin problems. However, more severe skin problems often require the use of a prescription topical medication for improvement and control of symptoms. At Helena Dermatology, we specialize in diagnosing and treating a myriad of skin conditions. We can help you determine the best combination of over the counter and prescription topical medications to effectively treat your skin problems.
How Do They Work?
Topical medications are lotions, creams, and ointments that one applies to the skin to relieve itching, burning, and pain, as well as to reduce swelling and inflammation, or stop infection. At Helena Dermatology, we can help you formulate a personalized plan for the use of topical and other medications to quickly and efficiently treat mild to severe skin conditions.
What Do Topical Medications Treat?
Topical medications come in different formulations, strengths, and vehicles, and are designed to tackle a range of skin conditions. For example, topical steroid formulations are often used to treat atopic and contact dermatitis. Non-steroidal topical medications can be quite effective for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and numerous other skin conditions. Your providers at Helena Dermatology have training and many years of experience in choosing the most effective topical medication for you and your skin condition.
What to Expect During Your Visit
When you visit Helena Dermatology, we will begin your session with a thorough consultation. This will involve, first, asking you a series of questions about your condition, then conducting a physical exam. These steps are important in helping us understand your specific needs. Once we have come to a diagnosis, we can prescribe specific topical medications to help address your condition. In some cases, we can even offer laser therapy or microdermabrasion to help ease your symptoms and restore the clarity of your skin.
Results From Topical Medication Use
If your topical medications are in line with your diagnosis, they will likely be effective. Their range of effectiveness is highly dependent on getting a thorough understanding of your condition. That is why coming in for a consultation prior to investing in medication is so important. Likewise, if your prescribed treatment appears ineffective, we urge you to return to our center for a second evaluation.
Topical Medications in Helena, MT
Helena Dermatology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. Topical medications can cure or treat many skin conditions. A big first step to looking and feeling better is visiting Helena Dermatology for a thorough evaluation of your skin. For expert dermatological care and ongoing support with a friendly smile, fill out the form below and schedule an appointment or give us a call at (406) 443-7200.