Advanced Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Kuna, ID & located in the West Boise Professional Center on the first floor, Boise, ID

Excellent skin care at home can only go so far in protecting you from skin conditions as many of them are genetic or caused by other factors outside your control. At Advanced Family Medicine in Kuna and Boise, Idaho, dermatology diagnosis and treatment services are available from Michael Foutz, MD, and the team. To schedule a dermatology visit, call the office today or book an appointment online.

 Dermatology Q&A

What is dermatology?

Dermatology is the specialty of medicine devoted to skin health. Your skin acts as a protective barrier against pathogens, like viruses and bacteria, keeping them from entering your body where they could cause harm. Yet, the skin isn’t completely immune to diseases of its own. 

If you notice a new lesion, rash, or any other unusual features on your skin, booking a dermatology appointment is imperative. Advanced Family Medicine diagnoses and treats an array of skin growths, diseases, and reactions. The specialists give you answers on what’s going on with your skin and tailor your treatment plan according to your individual needs. 

Dermatology isn’t limited to the health of your outer skin. In fact, Advanced Family Medicine provides care for issues with mucus membranes, such as the linings of your nose and eyelids as well as hair and nail issues. 

What are some of the most common conditions in dermatology?

The dermatology specialists at Advanced Family Medicine have experience treating or managing the thousands of conditions that affect skin, hair, or nails. 

Any time you notice a change in the way your skin looks, or a specific concerning feature like a growing lesion or persistent rash, the team performs a physical examination to assess it. 

A few of the many conditions dermatology can address are:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin cancer
  • Hair loss
  • Hives
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Rosacea
  • Lupus
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts
  • Ringworm
  • Melasma
  • Moles

If you have a lesion that looks like it may be cancerous, Advanced Family Medicine performs a skin biopsy to take a sample of cells from it. They send that sample to a laboratory for close examination and testing. 

Which treatments does dermatology include?

Managing skin conditions requires individualized care from a specialist that considers your skin type, the specific skin condition you have, your risk factors, and your general health. 

Many skin conditions are manageable with lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers or topical products to control irritation. 

Some skin conditions are chronic and require long-term care. Lupus, psoriasis, and eczema are all examples of conditions that affect the skin and can flare up regularly over your life. If this is the case for you, your specialist at Advanced Family Medicine develops a long-term care plan for your condition and can see you periodically for follow-ups. 

You can remove some skin lesions, like warts or moles, with minor surgery in the office at Advanced Family Medicine. Even in the case of skin cancer, you can usually remove the lesion without much issue. If your skin cancer has spread throughout your body, you’ll need more intensive care like chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill the cancer cells. 

If you have any new or recurring skin concerns, contact Advanced Family Medicine over the phone or online for a dermatology appointment right away.