Recognized as the body's largest organ, our skin plays a vital role in our overall physical health. Like any other part of the body, however, our skip can develop health issues that require specialist intervention to address your skin issues and care needs. The Matthews-Vu Medical Group is proud to provide this care by diagnosing and treating skin disease, skin cancers, cysts, acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts, and more. If you feel you need the skilled care of a dermatologist, please contact us online or by phone to schedule an appointment at our Woodmen campus in Colorado Springs.
At Dermatology at Matthews-Vu Medical Group, we welcome patients of all ages. Currently our practice is noncosmetic. Chemical peels, laser treatments, fillers and similar cosmetic procedures are not performed.
At the Matthews-Vu Medical Group, Dr. Kumm - a board-certified dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatology - offers a full range of general medical and surgical dermatology services in Colorado Springs. His extensive experience allows him to address common, and not so common, skin growths and rashes.
Specific services and testing include the following:
We also provide in-office treatments for the following:
Note that our care does not include cosmetic skin services. This means chemical peels, laser treatments, fillers, and similar cosmetic procedures are not performed at Matthews-Vu.
Treatment for a skin disease is 100% dependent on the specific skin issue causing discomfort or symptoms, as "skin disease" describes and refers to any disease affecting the skin. Since there are hundreds of different skin conditions, working with a dermatologist to finalize a diagnosis and treatment plan is extremely important. Treatment will also vary from patient to patient depending on how minor - or serious - their skin issues are. Generally speaking, however, medications and changes to daily skincare habits will be a part of a patient's treatment plan.
Yes. Our team offers surgical procedures to biopsy and remove growths related to skin cancers. We say "cancers" because there are three types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. While each cancer is malignant, melanoma is the most aggressive, meaning that it is more likely to spread than the other two types.
Note that prompt treatment is vital to avoid the worst effects of skin cancer, especially since removing advanced cancers is very disfiguring. Contact us if you experience any skin cancer signs or symptoms, including: bleeding or scabbing sores that have trouble healing; nodules, bumps or lesions that itch or burn, or which appear firm, scaly, or crusted; lesions with an irregular border and portions that appear red, pink, white, blue or blue-black; and/or moles that change in color or size, or which begin to bleed.
Based on your testing results, our team will be able to recommend next-steps and make referrals as needed to advance your care.
Yes! Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, skin cells, pus, and other bodily materials. These common growths can appear on or under the skin, and require special to ensure their removal. In addition to containing different substances, different skin cysts can have different causes, including infection, clogged oil glands in the skin, or trauma to the skin. After a diagnosis is confirmed, our team can drain a cyst's contents and then remove the cyst wall. This will help to prevent the cyst from coming back. While cyst removal is rarely invasive, we will want to monitor your recovery to ensure you heal without complications.
Yes! Acne is a very common skin condition that can occur at any age, but is especially likely to develop during puberty. Acne is caused by hair follicles becoming plugged with oil and dead skin cells, which then present as either whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. To address this skin issue, a recommended acne treatment may include antibiotics, topical treatments, or prescription acne medication. Often, to ensure the best care and results, dermatologists will also recommend a combination of taking acne medicine and changing your day-to-day skincare routine.
Yes! Eczema (sometimes referred to as "dermatitis") describes rash-like health issues that cause the skin to become inflamed, red, and irritated. The condition occurs when the skin overreacts to environmental or emotional triggers, from temperature to mold to stress. This health issue may present throughout the body or within a contained location. Eczema is not contagious but is still an uncomfortable condition to live with. While we cannot cure this skin disease, we can recommend lifestyle habits and changes to reduce your symptoms. An eczema treatment will include recommendations to moisturize the skin, to avoid irritants such as soaps and detergents, to avoid sudden changes in temperature, to manage stress, and to avoid exposure to mold, pollen, and animal dander. We may also provide specialized eczema cream to further control your symptoms.
Our team is able to help patients living with psoriasis, which is often a lifelong skin disease. Unlike eczema - which is caused by a combination of environmental factors, bacteria exposure, allergens, and family history - psoriasis occurs when the immune system causes skin cells to grow faster than normal, leading to visible red, scaly, and/or patchy excess skin deposits. It's particularly common on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Once a diagnosis of this skin disease is confirmed, our team will work with you to recommend personalized skincare habits, as well as to help you find and avoid your psoriasis triggers. To deliver the best results and maximize your health and comfort, we may also recommend or prescribe medication as part of your psoriasis treatment plan.
Yes! While warts often go away without treatment, sometimes medical intervention is needed to remove or manage these growths. Warts are caused by a virus that invades the outer layer of skin and leads to rapid cell growth either on or under the skin. Warts are especially common on the fingers, hands, and feet - the latter of which is commonly referred to as plantar warts. While contagious, warts are typically harmless. However, you should contact our team if you cannot get rid of a wart, the wart hurt, or you have many warts. After an evaluation, we may treat your warts with cantharidin (which will cause a blister to form under the wart and help to kill it), cryotherapy (or freezing the wart), curetting (or scooping the wart out of the skin), electrosurgery (which burns the wart tissue), or excision (or simply cutting the wart from the skin).