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Medical Minute: Addressing inflammatory skin conditions for people of color

Evelin Keultjes, Dermatology Nurse Practitioner at Beacon Medical Group Goshen, explains why it is especially important for people of color to have inflammatory skin irritations and rashes checked out sooner rather than later.

For today’s Medical Minute, I would like to discuss inflammatory skin conditions in patients in color.

Inflammatory skin conditions, or any skin condition in general, can show up differently in patients of color. It’s important to seek treatment earlier rather than later, because we want to prevent permanent color changes from happening on the skin.

Depending on how long the rash or the skin condition has been present, it could cause scarring or hyper pigmentation, meaning the skin can either be lighter or darker. The appropriate and correct treatment rapidly is important in treating these conditions to prevent these changes from being permanent on the skin.

We either give you know treatments of anti-fungals, topical steroids, sometimes escalating to oral medications to prevent these color changes from happening.

So if you have a skin condition or a rash or something that you’re concerned about and you would like to have treatment done we’re happy to see you at Beacon Dermatology and help you with any of those concerns that you have we are located on Main Street in Granger, Ireland Road in South Bend and Reith Boulevard in Goshen.

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