A Dermatologists is a doctor who is specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the skin, hair, nails, including skin checks, minor skin surgery, skin cancer, Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness, itching and oozing. A tendency towards eczema is often inherited, and environmental irritants and allergens also play an important role.
A dermatologist can help with eczema in multiple ways. The first is identifying triggers for flares and trying to avoid these. The second is to advise about good skin care, which includes soap free products and good moisturisers. The third is to initiate any medical treatments that are required, which may include topical ointments or creams, light treatment, or medications.
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease. Psoriasis can be inherited, or initiated by certain environmental triggers.
Typically patients have red, scaling plaques of itchy, elevated skin affecting the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis is not contagious and can get better or worse spontaneously and can even have periodic remissions (clear skin). Psoriasis is currently not curable, but is controllable with medication.
There are many promising new therapies, including newer injectable biologic drugs with which a dermatologist can treat eligible patients.
Many Australians have a high risk of skin cancer. A skin check is a thorough, top to toe examination of the skin looking for any lesions suspicious of skin cancer. A skin check is also important in identifying any pre-cancerous lesions that can potentially be treated before they have a chance to turn into skin cancers.
It is also an opportunity to discuss sun protection and how to minimize your risk of skin cancer. Skin checks are especially important for those who have a personal or family history of skin cancer, and those with a history of substantial sun exposure.
Dr Alana Tuxen
I am a general dermatologist who treats most dermatological problems including: skin checks, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Rosacea, Warts, and disorders of the skin and nails, in both adults and children.
I trained at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Children’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, and the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, and commenced work as a specialist in Melbourne in 2012.
In 2014, I relocated to Ballarat with my husband and two children. I joined the team at Specialists on Drummond in 2015, and I also continue to work in Melbourne at Monash Health.