2617 Sheffield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24060
About New River Dermatology | Acne, Skin Cancer, Rashes, & Moles | Blacksburg, VA
Our primary focus at New River Dermatology is the health of your skin.We provide a full range of professional medical and surgical Dermatological care including diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders involving the skin, hair and nails. Our skilled staff will listen to your concerns, fully explain your diagnosis and treatment options and answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to provide excellent medical care through the use of current treatment techniques and to improve the overall health and well being of our patients.
Acne is the most frequent skin condition in the United States. It is characterized by pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. Every year, about 80% of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5% of adults experience acne.
Acne is made up of two types of blemishes:
Whiteheads/Blackheads, also known as comedones, are non-inflammatory and appear more on the face and shoulders. As long as they remain uninfected, they are unlikely to lead to scarring.
Red Pustules or Papules are inflamed pores that fill with pus. These can lead to scarring.
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative.
The vast majority of skin cancers are composed of three different types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
"Rash" is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. The majority of rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines and moisturizing lotions.
Rashes can be a symptom for other skin problems. The most prevalent of these are:
- Atopic Dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.
- Bacterial Infections, such as impetigo.
- Contact Dermatitis, a type of eczema caused by coming into contact with an allergen.
- Chronic skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.
- Fungal Infections, such as ringworm and yeast infection.
- Viral Infections, such as shingles.
A rash may be a sign of a more serious illness, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, liver disease, kidney disease or some types of cancers. If you experience a rash that does not go away on its own after a few weeks, make an appointment to see one of our dermatologists to have it properly diagnosed and treated.
Moles are brown or black growths, usually round or oval, that can appear anywhere on the skin. They can be rough or smooth, flat or raised, single or in multiples. They occur when cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation, known as melanocytes, grow in clusters instead of being spread out across the skin. Generally, moles are less than one-quarter inch in size. Most moles appear by the age of 20, although some moles may appear later in life. Most adults have between 10 and 40 moles. Because they last about 50 years, moles may disappear by themselves over time.
Most moles are harmless, but a change in size, shape, color or texture could be indicative of a cancerous growth.
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Dr. Daniel Hurd is a board certified Dermatologist and President/CEO of New River Dermatology and New River Aesthetics. He has been in private practice since 1999.
A Marshall University graduate, Dr. Hurd went on to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with high honors. Dr Hurd completed his internship in Internal Medicine and his Residency in Dermatology at Ohio University.
Dr. Hurd has authored numerous scientific articles, and lectures & trains physicians all over the United States. He is past president of the West Virginia Dermatology Society and is currently the Dermatology Program Director & Discipline Chair for the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine & Assistant Clinical Professor at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Bohrnstedt with his wife and three children have resided in Blacksburg for the past four years. He is a graduate of Concord University and also The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He recently completed his three year Dermatology Residency program through Lewis-Gale Hospital at Montgomery under the direction of Dr. Daniel S. Hurd. Dr. Bohrnstedt specializes in treating and diagnosing skin cancers, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other conditions of the skin, hair, and nails as well as dermatological surgery. He sees patients of all ages.
Angie received her physician assistant bachelor of science degree from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2004. She then immediately began a career in dermatology in Bluefield, Virginia, because of her fascination with the many different conditions that can affect the skin.
She is certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.