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Common Skin Infections and their Effects

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Though you may take great care of your skin, common skin infections can blemish its appearance and even cause great physical discomfort. If you notice any unusual changes to your skin, contact your dermatologist immediately. Read more about skin infections, their effects and treatments below:

Warts

A wart is a growth on the skin that is caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus. Although warts are benign, they are often treated due to their unsightly appearance and because they can spread to other areas of the skin. Depending on the area, treatment options include topical medications, freezing, electrodesiccation, laser therapy and surgery.

Nail Disorders

There are a variety of types of nail disorders. They can be caused by infections, skin disease or self inflicted. With the proper treatment most nails will re-grow into a healthy state. A fungus infection of the nail is one of the most common skin infections. The toenails are affected because shoes increase the warmth and moisture of this area, providing the perfect environment for fungus growth. Taking oral medication for a few months offers an excellent cure.

Cold Sores/Fever Blisters

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by an infection of the Herpes simplex virus. This same virus can infect any area of the skin, including the genitals. After an initial infection, the virus goes into a dormant phase beneath the skin. Periodically, the virus reappears in the same area. The typical lesion appears as a cluster of tiny blisters which break, leaving a sore that heals in about one week. New medications can now greatly speed healing or, if taken regularly, can prevent a reoccurrence.

Shingles

Shingles, also known as zoster, is another viral infection. Although this condition can occur at any age, it is more common in advancing years. The lesions appear as a trail of painful blisters that extend around one half of the body without ever crossing the mid-line. The rash will clear after several weeks but pain may linger over the area. If medication is taken early during this condition, the rash will heal quickly with less chance of persistent pain.

For more information about skin infections and treatments, contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As the largest dermatology practice in America, immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida locations. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Skin Rejuvenation: Methods and Treatments

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With the growth of an aging population, there is an increasing interest in restoring a youthful appearance. Signs of photo aged skin include brown spots, broken blood vessels, and fine lines and wrinkles. The process of effectively diminishing these lesions and creating a more youthful complexion is known as skin rejuvenation. IPL (intense pulsed light) and chemical peels are popular methods of skin rejuvenation. These treatments are gentle, performed by a dermatologist or experienced health care provider, and offer gradual results with minimal patient down time.

What is IPL? IPL or intense pulsed light is a non-invasive light-based treatment, similar to a laser, which is used to improve the appearance of freckles, age spots, vascular lesions including broken blood vessels and rosacea, and fine lines and wrinkles. It is also used for the removal of unwanted dark hair.

What does the treatment involve? Your health care provider will instruct you to avoid sunlight for a few days prior to treatment and for a few weeks after treatment. A topical anesthetic may be applied to the affected area pre-treatment. After a cooling gel is applied to the skin, a series of pulses of light are delivered through a hand piece. Average treatments are about 20 minutes long.

What can be expected after treatment? Sun block is applied after treatment. Usually there is a little redness, which resolves in the hours after treatment. Also, there may be a slight, temporary darkening of some areas of the skin. Patients can go back to work or school immediately after treatment. Usually, a treatment course consists of 4-8 treatments 2-4 weeks apart.

What is a chemical peel? Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. They are most commonly used to treat the aging face and acne. Peels are categorized based on the depth of the procedure: superficial, medium or deep. Peel ingredients vary and can include glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid and combinations of each. Most peels performed in physician’s offices are superficial and medium depth peels and have minimal down time.

What does the treatment involve? Your healthcare provider will instruct you to avoid sunlight for a few days prior to treatment and for a few weeks after treatment. You may also be instructed to discontinue certain topical medications before and after treatment. The skin is cleansed and the peel is applied to the skin surface. Some peels require a "neutralization" step where an additional layer is applied. Mild, temporary tingling may occur with superficial peels. A fan may be used for patient comfort.

What can be expected after treatment? Sun block is applied after treatment. Ask your healthcare provider about what to expect after the procedure. Depending on the active ingredient used and the depth of the peel, the post-peel circumstances may differ. For the superficial and some medium depth peels, patients may go to back to work or school immediately after treatment. For best results, a series of peels may need to be performed about 4-6 weeks apart.

For more information about skin rejuvenation treatments and procedures, contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As the largest dermatology practice in America, immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida locations. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Malignant Melanoma: Triggers and Risk Factors

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Whether you call them beauty marks or moles, many people are born or develop these small skin lesions. While moles are common and often innocuous, some may develop into something much more serious: skin cancer.

Moles can be flat or raised and can vary in size, shape and color. They may be present at birth or may appear later in life. Congenital nevi are moles that we have since birth and carry an increased risk of developing into malignant melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It begins in skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin, a pigment that gives our skin color and causes our skin to tan.

Malignant Melanoma can triggered by repetitive sun exposure or by inheriting certain genes from your parents. The incidence of melanoma is rising. People at increased risk for getting melanoma include;

  1. Individuals with a light complexion (freckles), light hair color with blue, green, or gray eyes,

  2. Individuals with a history of a severe sunburn before age 20,

  3. Individuals with a family history of Malignant Melanoma or other skin cancer.

  4. Individuals with multiple nevi or atypical nevi

However anyone with any skin color or from any ethnic background can develop Malignant Melanoma.

To find out if your mole could be a Malignant Melanoma, a Dermatologist will need to examine you. If your mole is suspicious appearing, your doctor will likely take a small sample of it (biopsy)

Early diagnosis and removal of the suspicious or cancerous mole is crucial! Once melanoma has spread the chance of cure drops dramatically. You should tell your doctor if you have any new moles or existing moles that are changing.

Once the doctor takes a biopsy of the mole they will send the biopsy to a Dermatopathologist who can make the diagnosis of a Malignant Melanoma based upon microscopic examination.

For more information about malignant melanoma and skin cancer, contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As the largest dermatology practice in America, immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida locations. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

How Can a Dermatologist Visit Help Your Skin?

Whether it's a stubborn rash or a strangely-shaped mole, some skin conditions require the attention of a skin care professional. We've discussed identifying potentially cancerous moles and treatments for common pediatric skin problems in our most recent posts. The following are online resources for more information about taking care of your skin.

  • Still developing and exposed to a variety of environmental irritants, young children are often susceptible to certain skin conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this online resource for common pediatric dermatology questions.
  • Between the warm weather and Florida beaches, the temptation to soak up some sun can be strong. Remember your sunscreen and these warning signs of skin cancer from the American Melanoma Foundation.
  • To help you remember and recognize signs of skin cancer, simply follow your ABCD’s. While not 100% accurate, these guidelines can help your dermatologist to identify problem moles earlier and prescribe the necessary treatment.

For more information about skin conditions and treatments, contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As the largest dermatology practice in America, immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida locations. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

3 Common Pediatric Skin Problems

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When it comes to kids, especially young children, visits to the doctor can be inevitable. From the common cold to a strange skin rash, your child can pick up a number of medical issues from other children and their environment. Pediatric dermatology specializes in diagnosing and treating certain skin conditions that occur mainly in children and can have different treatment processes then in adults. As parents, there are some common skin conditions to watch for and bring to your doctor’s attention.

  1. Diaper Rash: Several different kinds of rashes can be classified as a diaper rash. Some are caused by irritation from the diaper itself while others result from the warm, moist environment of a diaper, which can lead to bacterial growth. A dermatologist or pediatrician will usually be able to identify the cause of the rash and suggest or prescribe an ointment to help clear it up.
  2. Eczema: Although it can affect people of any age, eczema usually starts to appear in early childhood as breakouts on the bends of the elbows and back of the knees. Infantile Dermatitis, eczema in babies, often disappears on its own by the age of 2. A chronic skin disorder, eczema cannot be cured and treatments usually focus on reducing the itchiness and scaly skin the condition causes.
  3. Warts: Warts are small bumps that grow on the skin and are caused by a virus that can be contracted in warm, damp areas like locker rooms and community pools. Warts that occur frequently in children are common warts and plantar warts, both of which can be painful and embarrassing. A dermatologist can prescribe a topical treatment or remove the wart by freezing or burning it off.

For more information about pediatric dermatology and common skin condition sin children, please contact 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 50+ Florida 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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