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Dr. Adams is a board-certified medical dermatologist specializing in diseases, cancers, and surgery of the skin. Her office is equipped to treat a variety of conditions of the skin, hair and nails. A brief summary of our surgical practices and common treatment options are outlined below.

Skin Cancers

Dr. Adams has the training and background necessary to diagnose and treat different types of skin cancer, giving you the best chance for a successful treatment. Based on her initial assessment, Dr. Adams may employ a variety of treatment options to meet you specific needs, including:

  • Surgical Excision under local anesthesia

  • Electrodessication and curettage (ED&C), where special instruments are used to scrape away and destroy cancerous tissue at the surface of the skin

  • Immune system modulating topical creams

  • Referral to a specialized Mohs surgeon or surgical oncologist, depending on the severity and location of the lesion.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the presence of rough, scaly plaques on the skin. There are many types of psoriasis, and while the condition cannot be cured, Dr. Adams will work with you to establish a personalized treatment plan to best manage your condition, including:

  • Phototherapy (PUVA), where the skin is exposed to special ultraviolet light in a controlled setting

  • Topical, intralesional, or oral steroid therapy

  • Immunosupressant or "biologic" drug therapies


Acne is a common skin condition that causes clogged pores and pimples in many areas of the skin. It can affect young people as well as adults, and may be exacerbated by a variety of genetic, hormonal, or environmental factors. Dr. Adams will employ a combination of topical and oral medications to reduce inflammation and oil production, and prevent new blemishes from forming. Her treatment approaches may include:

  • Topical and oral medicactions

  • Hormonal medications

  • Accutane administration and monitoring

Moles and Melanoma

Moles are spots of darkly pigmented skin that may be present from birth or develop over time. Many moles are harmless, and Dr. Adams can easily  remove unwanted moles under local anesthesia. Some moles, however, may be indicative of a type of skin cancer called melanoma. Melanoma affects people of all skin tones and can be life-threatening. Moles should be regularly monitored by a dermatologist to screen against the emergence of melanoma. Schedule a consultation today if you notice a mole that is:

  • Asymmetrical or has an irregular (non-smooth) border

  • Is extremely dark, or contains multiple shades of tan, black, and brown in the same area

  • Is larger than 6 millimeters

  • Is otherwise growing or changing


Eczema, also called "atopic dermatitis," is a common skin condition characterized by the formation of intensely itchy plaques of skin over various areas of the body. Eczema is more common in young children, but may continue into adulthood and is often accompanied by asthma and/or sever allergies. Eczema can often be made worse by seasonal and environmental factors. Both eczema and psoriasis share common symptoms, so it is important to see a dermatologist to get the most accurate treatment.  The most common treatments for eczema involve topical anti-inflammatory medications and lifestyle changes, however injectable medications are now available for severe cases.

Other Skin Conditions

Dr. Adams has over 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating various diseases and disorders of the skin. Whether you are managing a chronic condition, having an acute problem, or receiving preventative screenings, Arlington Dermatology Clinic is here to meet your needs. If you are having an issue and are unsure if it is a condition Dr. Adams will be able to treat, you are always welcome to call our office to verify.

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