General Medical Adult and Pediatric Dermatology
Dr. Cannon specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thousands of dermatologic conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, and mucous membranes. At Cannon Dermatology, our aim is to treat our patients as a whole and to address all of your skin concerns. From the common conditions to rare and exceptional diseases, we work with you to recognize what you need and tailor an individualized treatment plan.
Some common conditions we treat:
Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease affecting the pilosebaceous units or hair follicles. It is characterized in its mildest cases by comedones (black heads and white heads) and inflamed papules but can also be much more severe exhibiting multiple pustules, nodules, cysts and scarring. We utilize the whole spectrum of acne treatment using topical medicated creams, antibacterial washes, oral antibiotics, isotretinoin (accutane) and hormonal modulatory therapy (oral contraceptives, spironolactone) in treating your skin. This process starts first by pinpointing the contributing factors to your acne such as bacteria, clogged pores, inflammation and hormones. Acne doesn’t have to rule your life and we can help you in the journey toward healthy skin.
Eczema is a broad category that includes many different skin diseases - with atopic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, dyshdrotic eczema, stasis dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis being the most common. In general, eczema is characterized by pink or red, dry, flaky, itchy skin. Increased sensitivity to common external irritants is a frequent symptom. Defining the exact skin disease determines treatment, which varies greatly across disease processes. Treatment focuses on avoidance of irritating triggers, addition of good skin care techniques to avoid frequent flare ups and the use of prescription medications when warranted to treat signs and symptoms of the disease and to prevent further exacerbations.
Melasma is a common, acquired pigmentary disorder. It typically presents with blotchy brown pigmented patches on the face of young to middle-aged women. Common exacerbating factors are thought to be pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, sun exposure and irritation. Treatment options for this frustrating skin disease are multiple and often require long-term adherence. Dr. Cannon will guide you through treatment options that are cost-effective yet proven while aiming to minimize the risk of side effects.
Moles are common benign lesions that often appear soon after birth or in childhood and can continue to arise through early adulthood. Moles are expected to grow proportionally with a person in a regulated and predictable fashion. Moles can develop on any area of the skin such as the mucous membranes, soles of the feet and non sun-exposed areas. Regular at home skin examinations help you monitor for any changing or concerning lesions. A new or changing mole can be a sign of melanoma and if noted should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible. Melanoma in its earliest form is highly treatable.
Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated skin disease with genetic as well as environmental triggers. This disease often presents with red, well-defined scaly patches and plaques. Effects on quality of life can be significant and should not be ignored. Associations with psoriatic arthritis and other medical conditions are also important reasons why the diagnosis and treatment of this disease is so important. Whether it is topical medications or more complex injectable immune modulatory biologics, we are trained to help you determine which treatment is right for you.
Rosacea is a common condition comprised of many different subtypes. It is commonly diagnosed based on a set of features such as persistent facial redness, flushing, dilated blood vessels and skin sensitivity. Education on common environmental triggers and medical as well as cosmetic treatments allow us to help control your rosacea.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. Luckily, the most common forms of skin cancer if caught and treated early are curable. The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and malignant melanoma. Each form of skin cancer can have different presentations and it is important to know the warning signs of each. Regular at home self skin examinations help you to detect concerning lesions.
Dr. Cannon emphasizes sun protection and prevention and counsels extensively on ways to minimize your risks. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you have a skin examination performed yearly by a trained physician. Board-certified dermatologists are the experts in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
Dr. Cannon will perform a thorough full body skin examination of your skin, nails, hair and mucous membranes to locate any concerning lesions. The utilization of a special tool called a dermatoscope aids in accurate diagnosis of malignant lesions.
Warts are caused by a common infection, the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are multiple types of HPV that infect the skin and mucous membranes causing different types of warts. The treatment of the common types of warts is often multi-modal requiring more than one treatment type over multiple sessions. We strive to deliver the most effective treatments to minimize cost and visits.