• Spotlight on Dr. Woseth

    Douglas M. Woseth, M.D., FAAD

    Dr. Douglas M. Woseth, M.D., FAAD has won many awards and honors for his work as a dermatologist, but this hasn’t stopped him from continuing his education. He conducts clinical research at the Dermatology Research Center and keeps his practice current through active membership in many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Mohs Surgery, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He served as the President of the Utah Dermatology Society from 2010 to 2012, and shares his expertise as adjunct instructor of dermatology at the University of Utah.

    Dr. Woseth is a well-traveled man. A Minnesota native, he speaks Spanish and Turkish, attended college and medical school in Chicago, and completed his residency in California. He was in private practice in Orange County before settling down in Salt Lake City.

    Come get to know Dr. Woseth in person! Visit Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City for all of your skin care needs. Call today at (801) 266-8841 to learn more!

  • What You Need to Know About Psoriasis

    woman at dermatology examination

    Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition which can cause unsightly and sometimes inflamed plaques, or patches of thick, discolored skin. It is common in adults, but can also affect children and adolescents. Consult your dermatologist and continue reading to find out more about this condition.

    Symptoms

    Psoriasis causes skin cells to grow too quickly, which results in thick patches which may appear red, white, or silver. The condition can be as mild as a small rash, or as severe as plaques covering large areas of the body. Patches are most often found on the hands, feet, knees, elbows, back, and scalp. They may be itchy and inflamed in severe cases. Some people suffer from joint pain, known as psoriatic arthritis . A dermatologist can usually diagnose psoriasis on appearance alone.

    Causes

    Psoriasis is not contagious—instead, it appears to be a genetic condition. Experts believe it is caused by an overreaction of the immune system which leads to the inflammation. Certain triggers, including stress, alcohol and tobacco use, cold and dry climates, skin injury, and certain medications, can cause flare-ups.

    Treatment

    While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are many treatment options. In addition to avoiding the triggers listed above, there are simple steps you can take to minimize your symptoms. Maintaining a healthy weight and good mental health will keep flare-ups minimal, and a moisturizing home skin care routine can keep the skin feeling comfortable. A dermatologist can suggest appropriate treatment options such as prescription topical treatments, phototherapy and systemic agents.

    If you think you might be suffering from psoriasis or have other concerns about the health of your skin, hair, or nails, the dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City can help. We offer a number of treatment solutions, so call us at (801) 266-8841 to schedule an appointment. 

  • See the Effects of Sclerotherapy on The Doctors

    Varicose veins are an embarrassing problem for many adults, particularly women over 30. These veins are visibly swollen and sometimes painful. They usually occur on the legs, but can also form in other areas of the body.

    In this video from The Doctors , one woman’s veins are treated using sclerotherapy. This quick and nearly painless procedure involves injections directly into problem veins. The procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of spider veins—small, dark colored veins located near the skin—in a single treatment, while more severe varicose veins may require additional care.

    A dermatologist can provide additional information about varicose or spider vein solutions. Contact Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology  online or at (801) 266-8841 to learn more. 

  • What Are Spider Veins?

    elderly woman with varicose veins

    Spider veins are very common, particularly in individuals over the age of 50. These veins can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but effective treatment options are available. Here is what you need to know about spider veins:

    Spider vs. Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins are large, knobby veins which become visibly swollen beneath the surface of the skin. They are most commonly found on the legs. Spider veins are similar, but are smaller and located closer to the skin’s surface. They are often red or blue in color, and may be visible in tree-like networks just under the skin’s surface. Like varicose veins, they are often found in the legs, but spider veins are also common on the face.

    Causes of Spider Veins

    Spider veins are generally the result of the backup of blood caused by weakened blood valves. Some people are simply born with weak valves, but most people develop them with time. Factors including age, obesity, hormonal changes, and genetics can increase a person’s risk. Spider veins can also be caused by injuries or sun exposure.

    Treatment of Spider Veins

    Spider veins may cause discomfort or itching in the legs, but are mostly a cosmetic concern. If the appearance or discomfort caused by your veins is leaving you distressed or embarrassed, a dermatologist can recommend several treatment options. Depending on the severity of your spider veins and your treatment goals, one or more of these options may be a good fit. Compression stockings can improve circulation and are an inexpensive and noninvasive option. Sclerotherapy is a popular and very effective option in which your doctor injects a chemical into the vein, which then closes and becomes scar tissue. Laser treatments and surgery are also options for more severe cases.

    If you are concerned about spider veins, a dermatologist can offer you additional information and guidance. For skin care in Salt Lake City, call Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841. You can also find out more about our services by visiting our website.

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