+27 12 644 5250 (Centurion) | +27 12 807 2411 (Lynnwood) info@drramlachan.co.za

Frequently Asked Questions

Does fatty food cause acne in teenagers?

No, fatty food does not cause acne in teenagers – the causes of acne are generally hereditary as well as hormonal. It has however been shown that teenagers who have a high intake of dairy products have a higher incidence of acne.

Can melasma be cured?

There is no known cure for Melasma. It’s a chronic condition that develops slowly and can be difficult to treat. The gradual disappearance of dark patches is based on creating the right treatment combination for each individual and consistent protection from further exposure to the sun. Prevention is the best cure!

Is psoriasis contagious?

Psoriasis is not contagious, it cannot be caught by person-to-person contact, or by sharing of bodily fluids (such as by kissing or sharing food or drinks). It also cannot be caught by others in close contact public areas, such as in swimming pools or in saunas.

There does seem to be a family history link with psoriasis, but it is also worth knowing that many people with a family history never develop the condition and likewise many people with no family history of psoriasis can also develop the condition.

How can I prevent fungal nail infections from coming back?

You should fully complete the treatment regimen that your doctor has prescribed, making sure that the infection is cured and your nail is clear before stopping treatment. Change your socks frequently to help keep your feet clean and dry. Shoes that were used when your nail was infected should be sterilised or thrown away. If you also suffer from athlete’s foot, it should be treated so it does not spread to your nails. Finally, wear sandals or flip flops at public gym showers and pools where fungi thrive, in order to minimise your chances of coming into contact with fungi

Can you catch nail fungus from others?

Yes, you can catch the infection from others. Sharing nail clippers or nail cosmetics can pass the fungal infection to others. Similarly, public swimming pools are a common place to catch a fungal infection.

Are warts harmful?

If you are healthy with no other medical problems then warts are not harmful and do not lead to any serious medical problems. However, if you have lower immunity to fight infections such people with HIV and those receiving cancer treatment, you should contact your specialist medical doctor for specific treatment and advice. There is a link between anal warts, cervical warts and cancer.

How can I reduce the risk of getting warts and spreading them?

It’s always good to maintain good hygiene by avoiding direct skin to skin contact with someone who has warts and to avoid sharing towels and wearing socks or flip flops in changing rooms and using a condom during sex. If you already have warts to reduce the risk of more lesions and spread, avoid scratching your warts, biting nails, sucking fingers that have warts.

Why is my eczema worse at certain times?

This is what is known as an eczema “flare.” Flares are generally caused by triggers, which can be substances or conditions that worsen dry skin, such as dry skin, irritants, rough fabrics such as wool, emotional stress, heat and sweating.

Are there any complications associated with eczema?

Scratching or rubbing the rash or itchy areas can break the skin, which can then become infected. Permanent scars can form when the skin is damaged from prolonged scratching. Very itchy eczema can also disturb sleep. Some people with eczema avoid social activities because they are uncomfortable and/or self-conscious.

Why did I develop skin cancer?

Too much unprotected exposure to UV radiation from sunlight or tanning beds is the main contributing factor to skin cancer. Even though fair-skinned people who sunburn more easily are more at risk of developing skin cancer, skin cancer can affect anyone, both men and women.

What conditions can be treated or improved with Microneedling?

Microneedling is known to improve many aspects of the skin including, but not limited to:

  • Mild to moderate acne scarring
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loose, lax skin
  • Poor skin texture and enlarged pore size
  • Stretch marks

It is used mainly on the face but can also be used on the arms, abdomen, thighs and buttocks.

Are there any risks to the microneedling procedure?

Microneedling is an extremely safe treatment. If you take any medications that thin your blood such as aspirin you have a higher risk of bruising from the procedure. There is a very small chance of infection of the skin following treatment and a very small chance of scarring, particularly with aggressive treatments.

Are all skin types suitable for chemical peels?

Generally, patients with a fairer, sun-damaged skin will get better results with chemical peels. In patients with a darker, more olive skin type, one has to proceed more cautiously because deeper peels can produce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation if caution is not exercised. It is, therefore essential that the patient has a consultation before the treatment so the doctor can assess if they are suitable candidates for a chemical peel.

Are all patients suitable for laser treatment?

Generally, patients with a fairer skin will respond better to all forms of laser – this will obviously depend upon the reason for the laser treatment in the beginning but as a general rule, patients with a lighter, fairer skin tend to respond better to laser treatment. It is essential that you consult your doctor before the treatment so he can assess if you are a suitable candidate for laser treatments.