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The Doctor is In: What to Expect at your Dermatology Appointment

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As your body’s largest organ, your skin both protects you and needs protection from external elements. Take care of your skin by visiting your dermatologist regularly. He or she can treat you for cosmetic concerns like wrinkles, skin conditions like acne, and deadly diseases like skin cancer. If you are visiting your dermatologist for the first time, this is what you can expect during your first appointment.

  • Medical History Paperwork: While your lifestyle and habits can affect the state of your skin, genetics also plays a role in your skin’s health. Your doctor will examine and take notes about your skin, but be ready to share your medical history and other important information that may not be readily visible. Tell your dermatologist if someone in your family has or had skin cancer, for example, as this history can increase your own risk for the disease.  
  • Complete Examination: Even if your dermatology appointment is not one for skin cancer screening, your dermatologist may still perform a full body skin check. If you do not suffer from any visible skin conditions, your dermatologist will still thoroughly examine your skin for irregular moles or other signs of skin cancer. Taking notes on the current state of your skin can help both you and your doctor monitor for signs of changes over time. If you do have a skin condition like acne or eczema, your dermatologist will examine your skin and suggest appropriate treatment.
  • Medicine/Biopsy: Depending on your reasons for the appointment, your dermatologist may provide you with a prescription or treatment plan to address skin concerns. If your dermatologist detects an irregular mole, for example, he or she may have the mole biopsied and tested for skin cancer.

For more information about managing and treating a variety of skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Inflamed and Itchy Skin: Eczema Symptoms and Treatment

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An itchy, uncomfortable inflammation of the skin, eczema describes a group of dermatological conditions that can affect infants and adults alike. While some patients outgrow eczema, others do not. If you suffer from the condition, talk to your dermatologist about what can be done to control symptoms and manage your skin.

Symptoms

Although eczema is a general term encompassing a number of different diseases, all forms of eczema share common characteristics, including:

  • Itchiness: Patients with eczema experience itching, regardless of which area is affected. In some cases, the itching can occur up to a week before a visible rash develops.
  • Rash: The rash that does develop commonly appears on the face, knees, hands, or feet, although it may affect other areas, too.
  • Pigmentation: Eczema in fair-skinned individuals can appear reddish before turning brown. In those of darker skin tone, eczema can affect skin pigmentation with lightening or darkening of the affected area.

Though infants are likely to outgrow eczema by their second birthday, the condition can produce oozing and crusting from face or scalp rashes in very young patients.

Treatment

Although eczema has no known cure, your dermatologist can help you to manage outbreaks and soothe symptoms.

  • Moisturize: When your skin becomes too dry, it can increase the likelihood of flare-ups. Use a humidifier to add moisturize to the air and a moisturizer to trap moisture in the skin.
  • Avoid Irritants: Tight clothing, certain perfumes and dyes, and extreme temperatures can all aggravate eczema. Keep track of outbreak triggers to avoid further irritating your skin.
  • Take Medicine: There are a number of topical and oral treatments that can help you control your skin. Talk to your dermatologist to determine if and which of these treatments could be right for you.

For more information about managing and treating a variety of skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Protecting and Managing Your Skin: Resources for Further Reading

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Whether you suffer from a skin condition or simply spend too much time in the sun, seeing your dermatologist regularly can help you protect both your skin and overall health. In the dermatology resources below, learn more about managing existing skin disorders and preventing new ones from developing.

  • The most common type of skin cancer in the United States, basal cell carcinoma is characterized by skin growths that first develop in the epidermis. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of and risk factors for basal cell carcinoma with this skin cancer guide.
  • While patients with eczema all suffer from itchy, inflamed skin and rashes, there are actually several types of eczema within the skin disorder. Read more about atopic eczema, the most common type of eczema, with this guide to the skin condition.
  • Are you frustrated by pimples, blackheads, and breakouts? The American Academy of Dermatology offers these acne facts and statistics to help you better understand why acne develops and how it can be treated.

For more information about managing and treating a variety of skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Managing Your Eczema: Soothing Symptoms

Eczema is a skin disorder that describes a number of skin conditions characterized by itchy, inflamed, or scaly skin. While the cause of eczema is unknown, your dermatologist can help you manage breakouts and the triggers that irritate the skin. Learn more about common eczema triggers and how to relieve symptoms in the video below.

If you suffer from eczema, try retaining more oils in the skin. Doing so can help to prevent dry, cracked skin, which is more susceptible to allergens and can make flareups worse. Use cool water when washing your skin and apply a soothing moisturizer to protect inflamed skin. Your dermatologist may also prescribe you oral or topical medications to relieve symptoms and calm the skin.

For more information about managing and treating eczema, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

3 Forms of Skin Cancer to Know

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Although it may first appear as a bronze glow, sun exposure at any point in your life can contribute to your risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States but it is also preventable. Talk to your dermatologist about what can be done to protect your skin from sun exposure and damage, and read more about a few forms of skin cancer below.

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma: A non-melanoma cancer, basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, basal cell carcinoma accounts for 75% of all skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the epidermis, or the top layer of skin. Because it grows slowly, patients may not notice changes in their skin, but symptoms can appear as a slight skin bump or growth that is waxy, bleeds easily, and does not heal.
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Another non-melanoma type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma is often found on the face, neck, hands, or arms. Signs of squamous cell carcinoma include rough, scaly bumps that do not heal and changes in existing skin lesions. The cancer can occur in normal skin, inflamed or injured skin, or skin that has been subjected to long-term sun exposure.
  3. Melanoma: While it is the least common type of skin cancer, melanoma is also be the most dangerous. Melanoma is a result of sun damage causing cellular changes and can lead to death. Melanoma tumors begin growing in melanocytes, cells that produce skin and hair pigment, but can spread throughout the body if not treated early on.

For more information about managing and treating a variety of skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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