Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis
We follow evidence-based guidelines for the management of acne and other common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
An individualised treatment plan will be provided and can be reviewed at further check-ups if needed to ensure we find the best plan for you.
For patients troubled by moderate to severe, nodulo-cystic or scarring acne, which is not responding to an adequate trial of several other prescribed acne treatments, we can explore whether treatment with vitamin-A based oral isotretinoin (Roaccutane) might be right for you.
Roaccutane is a strong acne medication, usually prescribed by Dermatologists in limited cases of moderate to severe acne, for several months.
It is one of the few treatments which offers a potential cure for acne in 70% of patients following a 6-month course.A second course could be undertaken in some cases if full clearance isn't achieved, with a similar cure rate, giving an overall cure rate of 90%.
However, it is not suitable for everybody, is dangerous in pregnancy, and requires careful monitoring in the right patient group.
Dr Sinead Murphy has undertaken extra training in this area, along with a Diploma in Dermatology, and can therefore prescribe Roaccutane according to evidence-based guidelines.
Please book a double appointment with her if you think you have exhausted all other options, or if your GP has recommended that you may be suitable for this treatment.
All our GPs have training and experience in Dermatology and are happy to help you if you have concerns about a new or unusual skin problem.
There could easily be 10 different potential diagnoses for 10 people with similar enough skin lesions or rashes and we can assure you that Google is unlikely to get it right first time.
Come and see any of our GPs to help find the cause and best treatment plan for any skin lesion or rash you are concerned about. We will know, or we will know what to do if we don't know.
Some of our GPs have undertaken extra training and qualifications in some minor surgical procedures.
Following a skin consultation and if suitable we can book you in for:
- excision of certain skin growths or naevi (‘moles')
- drainage/lancing of abscesses
- suturing or gluing of some wounds if appropriate
- removal of skin tags
- Skin biopsy – for persistent unusual rashes to aid diagnosis
- Implanon insertion and removal
- Mirena, Kyleena and copper coil – insertion and removal
- Removal of sutures or clips
For more complex issues, we refer onwards following your consultation.
Please note most health insurance policies cover some or all of the cost of these procedures, and a medical card covers some costs also.
We also offer Joint Injections in the following areas:
- Shoulder joint – for tendonitis or adhesive capsulitis
- Knee joint – to help treat arthritis
As there are potential side effects associated with minor surgery and steroid injections, our doctor will assess you in the surgery, do a history and examination and will advise what treatment is appropriate. If you are a suitable candidate, we can book you into our clinic for your treatment.
We can refer you to another specialist if we do not feel that we can treat your problem.
If you are booking an appointment, please talk to the secretary while booking to let her know what you need as some of our doctors are more specialised in this area and this ensures that we schedule your appointment with the appropriate doctor.
If you have a medical card, please discuss this prior to the appointment as it may cover some of the fees involved.
Many cuts can be sutured (stitched) in our surgery by the doctor instead of having to spend half your day sitting in the waiting room of the Accident & Emergency ward in UHG. In some cases, your health insurance may cover the full cost of suturing by our doctors. Obviously, this can save you money and our waiting room is far nicer than A&E. We have better magazines too.
This involves local application by spray of Liquid Nitrogen to 'freeze' certain skin lesions. This causes the destruction of the lesion from deep under the skin and usually causes it to disappear. Cryotherapy can be suitable for treating simple warts, verrucae, skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, and certain other conditions.
In some cases, your health insurance (VHI, Laya, Irish Life etc) may cover the full cost of such a procedure.