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Medical Dermatology at Regency Specialties

Regency offers a full array of medical dermatology in Phoenix, Buckeye, Surprise, and the surrounding areas. It’s our goal to help you maintain healthy skin and feel your best.

What is medical dermatology?

In medical dermatology, a wide variety of conditions of the skin, fingernails, and hair are diagnosed and treated with advanced options. At Regency, our board-certified dermatology professionals have been extensively trained, and are highly qualified to diagnose and offer treatment for these conditions. Below are some of the most common conditions we treat with medical dermatology in Surprise.

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Head lice

Head lice are small (yet visible) parasitic insects that feed on human blood and are transmitted via hair-to-hair direct contact. They are particularly common among preschool and elementary school-aged children because they are often picked up while children play. Although lice do not transmit any diseases, they are highly contagious and can affect anyone regardless of their health and hygiene status. Although lice do not transmit any diseases, they are highly contagious and can affect anyone regardless of their health and hygiene status.

The scalp is the most common area for lice to appear, but they can show up anywhere on the body that has hair, including the pubic region, eyebrows, or eyelashes. Symptoms of lice typically include itching. Treatment involves topical pediculicide medications, mechanical removal of nits with a fine-toothed comb, and patient education regarding eradication and re-infestation precautions. Sometimes treatment with oral medications may also be needed in severe infestation cases.

Lumps, bumps, and cysts

We treat all types of lumps, bumps, and cysts at Regency. Lumps and bumps can be many different things, and we perform biopsies and excisions in office to remove all growths. Cysts are common, non-cancerous, sac-like growths which may be filled with a semi-solid or liquid-like material. These growths may remain the same size over time; however, they may occasionally grow and become infected. This can cause pain, redness, and irritation. Treatment for a cyst may include injection with intralesional steroids in an attempt to shrink it. If the cyst appears infected, a course of oral antibiotics will be prescribed. Definitive treatment for cysts is an excision, which we perform in office under local anesthesia. All excisions are sent to pathology to ensure benign nature of the cyst.

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Vitiligo is a relatively common disorder that causes loss of pigment in the skin. Although millions of people worldwide have vitiligo, the cause is unknown and there is no cure — however, it is believed to be an autoimmune condition. Apart from the loss of pigment in the skin, there are no other symptoms associated with vitiligo. Treatment for vitiligo is often multi-factorial. Topical corticosteroids and topical calcineurin inhibitors are first line therapies for localized disease. Depending on how rapidly the vitiligo is spreading, oral corticosteroids may be added. We also recommend light therapy.


Hives (urticaria) is a type of allergic reaction characterized by itchy inflammation of the skin, as well as localized swelling and redness. Hives look different from person to person, ranging from tiny dots to large welts.

Sometimes this condition occurs as the result of an allergic reaction, but for some people, hives can appear without warning, regenerating and staying for weeks or months on end. They may change shape, move around, disappear completely, and reappear over short periods of time. Treatment typically consists avoiding common triggers and oral antihistamine medications.


Folliculitis is very common, and is characterized by inflammation and infection around hair follicles. The infection can be either bacterial or fungal. It appears as red, painful bumps or white-headed pimples around the hair follicles. Symptoms usually don’t last long, but some severe cases can result in hair loss and scarring. Risk factors for folliculitis include shaving, wearing tight or restrictive clothing, having acne, and using dirty hot tubs. If folliculitis does not improve with normal care, antibacterial topical washes and creams may be necessary, and oral antibiotics in more severe cases. If large abscesses form from deep infection, we may drain them in the office. For people who frequently get folliculitis from shaving, laser hair removal may be beneficial.

Brown spots/age spots

As time passes, the aging process and the effects of the sun begin to show up in our skin. This can appear as brown, red, and white spots of discoloration and growths, skin thinning, and pre-cancerous and cancerous areas. They are also known as “liver spots”, and the technical name is solar lentigines.

Spots of discoloration can vary in size, and will most likely appear on areas most exposed to the sun — such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are very common in adults older than 50, but they can show up on younger people as well. There are also numerous other skin signs of aging and damage.

We are happy to work with you to reverse these signs. Regency Specialties offers several non-surgical options for treatment of sun spots and other signs of aging, including chemical peels, topical retinoids, oral supplements, and medical-grade cosmetic products.

Herpes simplex virus

The herpes simplex virus is categorized into two types: herpes simples virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-1 causes lesions of the mouth commonly referred to as “cold sores” or “fever blisters”. HSV-2 causes lesions of the genital and perianal regions, also known as “genital herpes”. It’s important to point out that HSV-1 can be transmitted to the genitals through oral/genital contact.

Many people afflicted with herpes report feeling embarrassed or ashamed by their condition, but the reality is that more than half of the global population is infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. However, most people never develop symptoms. Although there is no cure, this bothersome and often embarrassing condition is very manageable. At Regency Specialties, we prioritize patient comfort and confidentiality. We offer a variety of oral and topical anti-viral and analgesic treatments that can significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of HSV-associated flare-ups, as well as prevention of transmission of the virus to others.

Why choose Regency Specialties?

At Regency, dermatology is one of our specialties. If you’re interested in medical dermatology treatments in Phoenix, schedule a consultation with us today. We are a multi-specialty group delivering the very best treatments in dermatology, plastic surgery, hand surgery, breast oncology, reconstruction, and dermatopathology — all in one practice, making it easier for our patients. Our team provides the highest level of care and availability, with the top specialists in Arizona. We make you feel welcome from the moment you enter our door to your very last follow-up appointment. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call 623-243-9077 or contact us online.

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