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We provide expert medical dermatology services in Lake Nona, Orlando, to help you achieve and maintain healthy skin!

Whether you have a chronic skin condition, autoimmune disease, or rheumatological disease that impacts the skin, we’ll work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that treats or reduces challenging symptoms and helps you manage your condition.

Our goal is to find a solution that helps you live your greatest quality of life. 

At UCF Health, we take a comprehensive approach to treatment with each patient, because you deserve a convenient, hassle-free experience and effective treatment options.

Our board-certified medical dermatologist, Dr. Naveed Sami, works closely with our own outstanding rheumatology team and other physicians across the community to provide you with a seamless approach to care.

Schedule an Appointment with a Board-Certified Dermatologist in Orlando

 

Our Medical Dermatology Services

Oral and Topical Medications

We can prescribe a number of oral and topical medications for common conditions and rare skin conditions, including viral and fungal infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne, skin growths and skin conditions resulting from autoimmune diseases.

Common oral medications in medical dermatology include:

  • Isotretinoin to help regulate oil production for severe acne
  • Immunosuppressives (like methotrexate and cyclosporine) for severe forms of eczema, psoriasis or other autoimmune disorders
  • Otezla for the treatment of psoriasis
  • Antibiotics for infections, acne or dermatitis

Common topical medications in medical dermatology include:

  • Topical steroids/corticosteroids for inflammatory skin disorders
  • Topical acne medications: Benzoyl Peroxide Resorcinol / Sulphur, Azelaic acid, Salicylic acid and Dapsone

Please know that these lists are not extensive. If the oral or topical medication you’re looking for isn’t listed here, please schedule an appointment with us. It’s our goal to help you access the treatment you need.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Your skin care treatment plan will be 100% personalized to your needs. We believe that the best treatment outcomes are created and maintained through a highly personalized care approach. Your needs are unique to you, so your treatment plan should be too!

When you meet with our experienced dermatologist in Lake Nona, Dr. Naveed Sami will discuss your experience with you, including any symptoms you have, as well as your specific skin care concerns, your medical history, family history and any other relevant details to gain an understanding of your needs.

Depending on your case, Dr. Sami may perform a physical examination and order a patch test or skin biopsy to diagnose your condition. Your doctor will then develop a treatment plan that addresses each of your needs, works with your skin type and remedies your condition – or helps you manage future flare-ups and chronic symptoms.

Patch Testing

Patch testing is performed to identify the specific allergens that are triggering allergic contact dermatitis flare-ups. To complete a patch test, several patches containing small amounts of various common allergens are applied to a patient’s back with hypoallergenic tape, and are generally left in place for 48 hours.

Within 48 hours, the skin will have reacted to the allergens if allergies are present. Our dermatologist will then examine the patient’s skin and assess its reaction to different allergens to determine the source or triggers of contact dermatitis.

If further tests are needed to diagnose your condition, your dermatologist will discuss a plan of action. We are dedicated to finding a solution to your skincare concerns.

Common Medical Dermatology Conditions We Treat

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes skin cells to regenerate 10 times faster than normal, which causes psoriatic lesions of dry, flaky skin, scaly patches of skin, inflammation and irritation. 

To diagnose psoriasis, your dermatologist will perform a physical examination and may order a skin biopsy to have the affected skin examined under a microscope. Biopsy results can be used to help identify the type of psoriasis and determine whether other conditions are present.

Psoriasis treatment options include oral medications and topical medications.

Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

Atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, is an autoimmune disorder that causes patches or rashes of irritated, inflamed skin on the body. Eczema is commonly found around the creases of the body, including knees and elbows.

A physical examination, along with any necessary tests (skin biopsy or patch testing) may be performed to diagnose eczema and identify triggers.

Common treatments for atopic dermatitis include topical medications to relieve itching and oral medications to suppress overactive immune system cells.

Acne (for patients over 15 years of age)

Acne can impact not only your skin’s health and appearance, but your mental health too. There are a number of different types of acne that can be inflammatory or anti-inflammatory in nature and it is possible to have multiple types of acne at once.

Depending on the type of acne and the severity of your case, acne treatment with topical medications or oral medications may be the best route to reach your skin goals. Dr. Sami will perform a physical examination and discuss your symptoms to advise you on the most effective treatment route.

Lupus

Cutaneous lupus (skin lupus) is an autoimmune disease characterized by rashes with scaly, ring-shaped patches on the checks and nose, called a butterfly rash. It can also manifest as dark patches on the chest, back and neck.

While there is no cure for cutaneous lupus, there are treatment options to help manage symptoms, reduce inflammation and help you feel healthier overall.

Common treatments for skin lupus symptoms include topical medications and oral medications.

 

Pemphigus

Pemphigus is a rare group of autoimmune disorders that causes blisters and sores on the skin. It is critical that pemphigus is detected and treated in its earliest stage to prevent health complications and possibly even death.

This condition can be diagnosed with a physical examination and skin biopsy. There is no cure for pemphigus, but symptoms of this chronic autoimmune disease may be more manageable with topical medications, specifically corticosteroids and an immunosuppressant oral medication.

 

Pemphigoid

Pemphigoid is a similar condition to pemphigus, except pemphigoid symptoms include strong, thick blisters, whereas pemphigus blisters are more fragile and easily broken. This condition also tends to bring red, itchy hives and an itchy rash on the body.

Pemphigoid can be diagnosed with a physical examination and skin biopsy. While there is no cure for pemphigoid, symptoms can be made more manageable with the help of corticosteroids (topical medications) and an immunosuppressant (oral medication.)

 

Autoimmune Skin Conditions

There are a number of different autoimmune conditions that affect the skin, including vitiligo, scleroderma, lupus, psoriasis, vasculitis, skin lupus, seborrheic dermatitis and eczema. Though most autoimmune diseases are chronic and there is no cure for a chronic skin disorder, symptoms can be treated or alleviated with medical treatment. 

If an autoimmune skin condition is suspected, Dr. Naveed Sami will perform a physical examination, discuss your symptoms and order a skin biopsy or any necessary tests to diagnose your condition. The best treatment route will depend on your specific case, but topical medication and oral medication are often used to manage symptoms.

Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is an inflammatory skin condition that causes swelling, rashes with painful sores and mucous membranes. This condition can be diagnosed with a physical examination, as well as a skin biopsy to test mucous in the mouth and confirm the diagnosis.

While this condition is chronic and does not have a cure, there are treatment options available to relieve unpleasant symptoms. Potential treatment routes include topical creams and medications.

Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is a rare inflammatory disease that causes small growths of inflammatory cells on the skin, lungs, lymph nodes or eyes. While sarcoidosis resolves on its own in some cases, it can last for years in other cases and lead to organ damage.

To diagnose sarcoidosis, a physical examination and skin biopsy may be performed. It’s important to have sarcoidosis diagnosed and treated to prevent further damage to the b. Potential treatment options for sarcoidosis symptoms include oral medications and topical medications.

Schedule a Medical Dermatology Appointment in Orlando

Our highly-accomplished, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Naveed Sami, is here to help you improve your quality of life with advanced treatment options that address your needs and minimize your symptoms.

Dr Sami specializes in a wide array of autoimmune skin conditions, including autoimmune blistering diseases and inflammatory skin disorders. He has been recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the treatment of complex dermatological conditions and is known for providing compassionate, personalized care.

When you choose UCF Health for your medical dermatology needs, you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands. We provide the highest quality care in the area.

Schedule an appointment today.