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Bedbugs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome

Bedbugs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome

Bedbugs Diagnosis, Treatment | Austin TX DermatologyBedbug bites can result in itchy welts on the skin, and cause discomfort and anxiety to a person. Bedbug bites must not be confused with common skin conditions such as itchy rashes, and appropriate skin care should be sought. Bedbug bites are not a serious dermatology condition, but it is important to diagnose the condition correctly and follow an appropriate treatment.

Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including effective solutions for cases of bedbug bites. Patients in Austin, TX and surrounding areas may receive various aesthetic and medical skin treatments from Dr. Zimmet.

Signs of Bedbugs

The only way to stop or prevent bedbug bites is to identify the infestation of bedbugs and find ways to get rid of it. To determine the presence of bedbugs, the following signs should be noted:


If a sweet, musty odor is noticed in the sleeping area, it may be an indication of a heavy infestation of bedbugs in the room.

Specks of blood

If tiny specks of blood are noticed on mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, particularly near the seams, it may be a sign of bedbug infestation.

Shell-like Remains

Bedbugs will shed their outer shell, which can be found in mattresses, mattress pads, or below couch cushions.


Tiny, blackish specks found in the furnishings, headboard, bedding or below the couch cushions could actually be bedbug excrement.


Female bedbugs lay white, oval eggs typically in cracks and crevices in the room.

If the patient notices several bites on the skin, or has a bit that appears infected, it may be a spectacular idea to see an experienced dermatology expert. Professional skin care may be necessary to ensure that the infection does not worsen, and the patient’s comfort is restored. Dr. Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing effective treatments for bedbug bites to patients in Austin, TX and nearby areas.


A dermatologist is the right person to treat the condition, if the person suffers from multiple bedbug bits, skin infection with the affected area feeling tender or showing an ooze discharge, allergic skin reaction, or blisters.

Allergic Reaction

In case of an acute allergic reaction, the dermatologist may provide an injection of an antihistamine, corticosteroid, or epinephrine (adrenaline) for a severe allergic reaction.


An antibiotic treatment may be necessary to eliminate the infection. For mild infections, just an antiseptic treatment may suffice. Sometimes the skin care expert may recommend an antiseptic just for prevention against infection.


If the patient complains of persistent itching, the dermatologist may prescribe an antihistamine pill or liquid. Corticosteroid cream or lotion may also be applied directly over the affected area of the skin. The patient should resist scratching the skin, even if the bedbug bite is intensely itchy because it can cause a skin infection.

In most cases, with appropriate treatment, the bedbug bites will heal and disappear within one to two weeks. The medications prescribed by the dermatologist should be followed diligently to ensure a complete cure.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

Dr. Zimmet Offers Triple Protection for Your Skin

Zimmet Vein & Dermatology is a well-known practice in Austin, TX, led by eminent cosmetic dermatologist and vein specialist, Dr. Steven Zimmet. Dr. Zimmet and his team are committed to providing state of the art procedures and products for skin care to preserve and enhance the aesthetic appearance of every patient. Now Dr. Zimmet is proud to introduce an advanced product for skin protection from the world-renowned Elizabeth Arden.

Elizabeth Arden RX TPF 50 Sunscreen | Austin Dermatologist

Triple Protection Factor (TPF 50)

Elizabeth Arden’s latest offering is a highly effective and clinically proven new standard in topical skin protection called Triple Protection Factor. Dr. Zimmet chose to have this product for his patients in and around Austin, TX, after carefully evaluating its potential benefits. With broad spectrum SPF 50+, the Triple Protection Factor provides very high protection against the risks of sun exposure. The treatment also provides antioxidant protection and DNA protection.

Owing to its high-strength formula, this treatment is available only through physicians. It works as a physical sunscreen with universal tint as well as a hydrating formula for all skin types. It packs sun protection, protein protection, and DNA enzyme complex, all into a single product. This allows the skin care expert to help patients achieve better protection against the negative impact of photo-damage and also delay the onset of conspicuous signs of aging.

Most Effective Skin Protection

Dr. Zimmet decided to introduce TPF 50 as an effective skin protection and anti-aging topical treatment for his patients. The product is based on a unique combination of a DNA Enzyme Complex, a very potent Antioxidant Complex, and broad spectrum SPF 50+ sun protection. The synergy produced by this combination makes TPF 50 the most effective topical skin protection on the market, according to the manufacturer Elizabeth Arden.

Elizabeth Arden has been at the forefront of the development of innovative skin care solutions for more than a century. The company saw the scope for innovation in the area of next generation topical skin protection treatments, and invested in the research and development of a comprehensive solution. The final result of its efforts is TPF 50, which is a breakthrough product that addresses multiple benefits and delivers exceptionally dependable skin protection.

Results of Clinical Study

The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology has published the results of a recent double-blind irradiation study, which show that TPF 50 is considerably more effective when compared with other topical products of similar nature. The authors of the study included Dr. Enzo Emanuele, MD PhD, who is a globally recognized award-winning clinical pathologist and CEO of Living Research s.a.s. in Robbio, Italy, and renowned skin cancer researcher, Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, James M. Spencer, MD. Dr. Spencer is also on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

According to Dr. Spencer, TPF 50 sets a new standard in skin protection and is clinically proven to be more effective than other commonly used products. Elizabeth Arden collaborated with CosmeceuTechs, LLC for the development of this product. TPF 50 will help maintain glowing skin on a sustainable basis, and is suitable for all skin types.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

AAD teams up with Legendary Quarterback Phil Simms to Bring the Focus on Skin Cancer in Men

Dermatologist | Dermatology | Austin, TX | Skin CancerThe American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has recently released findings from a new national survey, which reveal that nine in 10 American men are aware of the existence of skin cancer, but only about 18 percent of American men actually visit a doctor for annual skin cancer screenings. This apathy towards the risk of skin cancer appears to be more conspicuous in younger men in the age group of 18 to 34.

The reality is that one in five people in the US will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, will afflict one in 50 Americans by 2015. The incidence of melanoma has been on the rise over the last three decades. Men are at a higher risk of this disease compared to women. The heartening part in the AAD survey is that men across age groups are more receptive to learning about skin cancer.

To spread greater knowledge and discussion about skin cancer among men, AAD has teamed up with the legendary New York Giants quarterback and CBS Sports analyst Phil Simms. Together they are launching SPOT me, an awareness campaign to highlight the risks of skin cancer. The campaign will particularly encourage men in all age groups to set up periodic skin cancer screenings from a board certified dermatologist and make skin health a priority.

Simms was diagnosed with skin cancer on his face, head, and ears in 2010 when he visited a dermatologist for a check-up. He has since undergone treatment and modified his lifestyle to reduce the risk of recurrence of skin cancer. Simms said: “Like most men, I resisted going to the doctor until my daughter encouraged me to have my skin checked, and I was lucky my skin cancer was diagnosed early and effectively treated.”

Simms is keen to educate men about the dangers of skin cancer in the United States. He says: “I get regular screenings and make sure my family – especially my two sons – does the same. I want to encourage men of all ages to talk to their family members and friends, be proactive with their skin health and most importantly, get screened for skin cancer.” Apart from teaming up with Simms, the Academy has also entered into a partnership with three professional football teams to raise awareness about skin cancer and provide free skin cancer screenings.

The president of the AAD, Dr. Brett Coldiron, also pointed out to the growing incidence of skin cancer among men. He said: “In my recent experience, I have treated more men than women for skin cancer, and the skin cancers in men are often more serious. This may be because men don’t get screened as often as they should, which leads to more advanced cancers that could have been caught earlier. The survey findings are encouraging in that men do wish to learn more and even welcome discussion about skin cancer.” The Academy’s skin cancer awareness campaign, SPOT me, is a part of its larger SPOT Skin Cancer initiative.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

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