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Monitoring Your Moles

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Moles are small growths on the skin that occur naturally and can be found anywhere on the body. They may be raised or flat and could change in size and color over time. While most moles appear in early childhood and pose no health hazards, some moles may be cancerous, particularly those that appear later in life. Your dermatologist can help you to monitor your moles for signs of skin cancer and to perform further testing if necessary.

How to Check Moles

When checking your skin for abnormal moles, follow the ABCDE criteria for detecting signs of skin cancer. Look for moles that are asymmetric, have irregular borders or coloring, growing, or evolving. Normal moles tend to be symmetrical with smooth borders and do not change over time. In addition, normal moles are generally consistent in color and smaller than a pencil eraser. If you detect a mole that does not meet that description, contact your dermatologist for further testing.

Testing Abnormal Moles

If you notice any abnormal moles, consult with your dermatologist. He or she can determine if the mole needs to be biopsied or simply monitored. Your dermatologist may choose to leave a mole alone and check its development during follow up visits. If you have several abnormal moles, though, your doctor may choose to remove one or a few of them. Once a mole is removed, it will be biopsied to check for cancerous cells.

For more information about moles and monitoring for skin cancer, 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.

4 Skin Infections for a Dermatologist

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Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections can all affect the health and appearance of your skin, and some skin infections can even cause pain or blister. Medication and treatment can often help to clear common skin infections, and your dermatologist will be able to recommend the right course of treatment for you. Learn more about common skin infections and their treatments below, and consult with your dermatologist for more information.

  1. Nail Fungus: Fungal infections commonly develop on the toenails and are characterized by the yellowing of the nail, separation of the nails from the skin, and breaking or cracking of the nails. These kinds of infections can usually be treated by oral medications that eliminate the infection and allow the nails to resume healthy growth.
  2. Warts: While they are usually not harmful, warts can negatively impact your confidence. Warts can develop anywhere on the body but are most common on the hands and feet. Cyrotherapy (freezing) and electrocautery (burning) are two methods of wart removal, but depending on the size and severity of the infection, your dermatologist may prescribe a topical medication.
  3. Shingles: Shingles is a viral infection related to the chicken pox that may be brought on by poor diet, stress, or alcohol use. Patients with shingles will experience an outbreak of painful blisters around one half of the body. While the rash will usually clear up after a couple of weeks, it can leave behind lingering pain on the affected areas. The earlier symptoms are detected and treated, the more likely the treatment will help to reduce pain and to clear the skin.
  4. Cold Sores: Cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus that has gone into a dormant phase after the initial outbreak. The blisters will recur in the same area and remain on the skin for about one week. Medication can help eliminate outbreaks more quickly and reduce how frequently they occur.

For more information about skin infections, 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.

Skincare for a Lifetime: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

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From acne in your teen years to varicose veins in your adult ones, having healthy, beautiful skin can take effort at any age. Whether you suffer from breakouts or are worried about sun damage, your dermatologist can recommend preventative measures and treatment options to protect your skin.

  • While anyone can develop skin cancer, there are several factors that may put some patients at higher risks for the disease than others. These factors include family history, a fair skin complexion, and sun exposure. Learn more about what can increase your risk of skin cancer with this guide from the CDC.
  • If you thought pimples and breakouts were a thing of a young adult past, you may be surprised to know that nearly 50% of adult Americans also suffer from acne. This news article explores why and how adult acne can occur and what can be done to treat it.
  • Caused by blocked blood vessels, varicose veins become more common with age. For answers to your questions about varicose veins, refer to this vein FAQ guide.

For more information about taking care of your skin at any age, 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.

What are Spider Veins and How are They Treated?

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Appearing as twisting and purplish lines just below the skin's surface, spider veins can cause physical discomfort in addition to blemishing the appearance of smooth skin. While genetics, weight, and hormones can all contribute to the development of spider veins, a variety of treatment options do exist to treat them. Talk to you dermatologist about spider vein treatments and which might be the best for you.

How do Spider Veins Develop?

Found most often on the legs and face, spider veins develop when blood vessels become blocked. This blockage, in turn, causes blood to collect and pressure to build within the vein. Although different patients will develop spider veins for different reasons, factors that could increase your risk include standing for long periods of time, obesity, and pregnancy.

Spider Vein Treatment

While surgery may be required to treat severe varicose veins, many patients find less invasive procedures to be effective at treating and eliminating spider veins. Some common spider vein treatments include:

  • Sclerotherapy: A popular treatment for spider vein patients, sclerotherapy is a quick and relatively painless procedure. The affected vein is injected with a saline solution that causes the vein to slowly disappear over several weeks. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, one or several treatments may be necessary for full results. Results are usually noticeable 4-6 weeks following the injections.
  • Laser Therapy: Your dermatologist may use laser treatment to target the affected vein. The laser will deliver a pulse of concentrated heat to the vein, destroying it and causing it to fade from view. While laser therapy is non-invasive, patients may still experience some discomfort and notice signs of discoloration or blistering following the procedure.
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy: Also utilizing laser technology, endovenous laser treatment delivers pulses of light in the vein itself, causing it to collapse. Like sclerotherapy, endovenous laser therapy is minimally-invasive and is usually performed as an outpatient procedure.

For more information about spider vein treatments, 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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