The Dermatologist is the expert in the diagnosis and treatment of
disorders of the skin. hair and nails. Dr. Ackerman is a skilled clinician,
board certified, and has many years of experience. Her dermatology
practice is community based. Dr. Cheryl Ackerman is well respected,
knowledgeable, and caring. Some of the diseases she treats are
present in the skin are skin cancer, benign and malignant skin lesions, diseases
of the Hair, skin and nails. urticaria Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Disorders of
Keratinization, vitiligo, Melasma, pyoderma gangrenosum, Mycosis Fungoides,
contact dermatitis, verruca vulgaris, molluscum contagiosum and acne vulgaris.
Chronic pruritus of the skin can be complex and cnn be difficult to evaluate for
underlying medical problems. Many common skin disorders can be
complicated by skin infections or require more therapeutic
Cheryl Ackerman MD Treats the following condittions:
1. Acne Vulgaris and its variants
2. Disorders of Keratinization
3. Skin cancers including basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell
Carcinoma. Malignant Melanoma.
4. Staph infections and other infections of the skin
6. Psoriasis, parapsoriasis, and mycosis fungicides.
7. Atomic Dermatitis
8. Contact Dermatitis with patch testing
10. Disorders of Pigmentation
11. Scalp disorders
12. Nail disorders
14. Lupus manifestations in the skin
17. Photo eruptions
19. Venereal disorders
20. Drug Eruptions
21. Pediatric skin problems
Acne Vulgaris This condition can develop in children,
young adults and in adulthood. The predisposing factors cam be hormonal,
genetic, stress induced and it can be aggravated by systemic and topical
medications. It is not usually aggravated by foods ingested. There are many
treatments for Acne available.
Pruritus-There can be many etiologies for itching and a rash. They can appear red,
brown, white and can be localized or diffuse. Many are itchy and can be
provoked by medications. Dermatologists can accurately diagnose and treat
Blistering Disorders This type of skin eruption can be a localized
blister. It also can develop as a result
of trauma or it can develop by an antibody mediated process and develop into
Bullous Pemphigoid or Pemphigus Vulgaris. This type of
eruption requires proper evaluation by a Dermatologist for accurate diagnosis
and treatment. Herpes Simplex, staph or other bacterial infections can
cause blistering and also vascular disorders as well. Dr. Ackerman
is capable and knowledgeable to make an accurate diagnosis so then treatment can
Atopic Dermatitis This type of eczematous eruption is considered genetic in
etiology and can be associated with Asthma and seasonal rhinitis. It can
be provoked by dry skin, infection, topical irritants or allergens, and changes
in environmental exposures. There are many treatments available for this
Warts There are many serotypes of human papilloma virus. These
can appear in many locations on the body and can be localized. There are
many treatments available to accurately treat and prevent infections of this
type. Depending in the location and age of the patient a treatment can be
Psoriasis is a common papulo-squamous eruption that can be seen in all
ages. It typically appears as a localized red scaly plaque on the elbows,
knees and scalp however it can be generalized as well. It can be
associated with arthritis as well. Depending on the extent of disease and
associated medical problems many types of treatment can be prescribed.
Contact Dermatitis - Many patients develop allergic contact dermatitis during
sometime in their life. It can be a subtle itchy red rash that does not
improve with treatment unless the patient himself knows the offending
agent. The Dermatologist may recommend patch testing to further diagnose
this problem. This will help accurately identify the allergen and then
direct the patient what chemical to avoid. This eruption can be confused
with irritant reactions as well.
Collagen Vascular Diseases This group of disorders can present in
the skin and frequently there is a family history of a similiar process.
Also there is commonly a systemic process associated with it. This group
includes various subtypes of Lupus, Scleroderma, Dermatomysotis, Scleromyxedema,
Infections- There are many types of infections that present on or
spread to the skin. The etiologies can be bacterial, viral, fungal,
spirochete induced, or caused by yeast organisms. These problems need to
be thoroughly diagnosed to be treated accurately.
Skin Cancers There are many types of Skin cancer that can develop on the
skin. The most common type is Basal call carcinoma. Squamous cell
carcinoma is the also commonly seen and needs to be diagnosed properly to
effectively treat this problem and cure the patient. Malignant Melanoma is
the most serious type of skin cancer and this needs to be diagnosed early to
prevent serious problems. All patients should have an annual skin cancer
screening by a Dermatologist.
Cutaneous Problems - associated with systemic disorders can present or
develop on the skin. They can be associated with many systemic
processes. It can be a subtle or widespead rash. A thoroughly
history and physical exam is needed and possibly a skin biopsy to accurately
diagnose the rash.
Nail Disorders - Many nail disorders can develop. These can develop
from infections, psoriasis or a result of a systemic process.
Dermatologist have the expertise to diagnose and treat these disorders.
Hair Loss- Both men and woman can have hair loss resulting
from various problems. Patients should be thoroughly examined for
the accurate diagnosis so the correct treatment can be prescribed.
Pigment disorders - Changes in patients skin pigmentation can
develop in children or in adults. There are may causes for pigment
disorders which include Vitiligo, atopic and eczematous dermatitis, solar
damage, and fungal infections.
Many patients develop a rash that is precipitated by a new Allergic Contact
Dermatitis. These rashes can manifest as swelling, redness and itching of
the eyelids. In addition many patients develop unusual rashes.
Many of these patients require patch testing to standard contact
allergens. Dr. Ackerman uses patch testing with the True test as well as
the standard 50 patch test allergens.