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Away with Warts: Medications and Treatments

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Warts are tough, raised lumps on the skin that can be painful and embarrassing. All warts are caused by a form of the human papillomavirus (HPV), the same virus that is responsible for approximately 70% of cervical cancers in women. Warts may go away on their own in a matter of weeks or months, but they can recur years later and are sometimes contagious. Treatments for warts can be broadly separated into two classes: medications and procedures.

  • Medications: Some topical medicines for warts are available over-the-counter while others are available by prescription only. Over-the-counter medicines typically contain salicylic acid and could take up to a year to remove the wart. Prescription medicines like imiquimod (Aldara) or fluorouracil (Efudex) work by inhibiting the replication of the virus on the affected skin. Any course of treatment should be monitored by your dermatologist.
  • Procedures: Medical procedures for dealing with warts include surgical removal, cryosurgery (freezing), and electrocautery (burning). Laser therapy for warts is another option, but the treatments can be painful and costly. Over-the-counter freezing pens are affordable and readily available, but the freon refrigerant does not achieve temperatures as low as the liquid nitrogen used by skin care doctors. You should never attempt to burn, cut, pick, or tear a wart yourself.

For more information about wart treatment, 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 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Melanoma: Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Melanoma describes the cancer of the melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin and give skin its pigment. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, which is why early identification is crucial for successful treatment. Watch the video below to learn more about the ABCD method of distinguishing melanoma from an ordinary mole.

By checking for asymmetry, border irregularity, changes in color or diameter, you can alert your doctor of potentially cancerous moles and seek the necessary treatment.

If you have questions about a full-body mole check or would like to discuss skin cancer treatment options, 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 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Treating Common Skin Conditions: Resources for Further Reading

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Treating Common Skin Conditions: Resources for Further Reading

The skin is a vital organ that performs many functions, including heat regulation and water retention, and it’s your body’s first line of defense from the outside world. Consult with your dermatologist and learn more healthy skin suggestions from the resources below to help you keep your skin youthful and healthy for years to come.

  • Laser therapy can be used to treat rosacea by heating the capillaries in the face. Learn more about how the treatment works at the National Rosacea Society website.
  • Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial redness and is often confused with acne. The National Institutes of Health’s PubMed database offers an overview of rosacea to help you better understand and recognize the condition.
  • Did you know that all warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)? This physician’s resource provides further information on the virus and warts, including how they manifest and how frequently they occur.
  • Freezing, or cryosurgery, is an effective method of removing uncomfortable warts. FamilyDoctor.org tells you how to prepare for removing a wart at home or at the dermatologist’s office.
  • Cold sores can be painful, embarrassing, and contagious. Learn more about them and the virus that causes them from the Mayo Clinic.

For more information about keeping your skin healthy and beautiful, 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 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Why Schedule Regular Dermatology Appointments?

Skin cancer

Dentists recommend that you visit their office every six months for cleaning and a checkup. If left untreated, gum disease and cavities can cause tooth loss and even contribute to cardiovascular disease. Similarly, serious skin problems that go undetected can be fatal without medical attention.

Malignant melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that may first appear as an ordinary mole on the body. In actuality, it is a tumor formed by the rapid, uncontrolled growth of melanocytes, the cells that produce the brown pigment melanin which gives skin its color. Sun exposure increases the risk of melanoma, as ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight is capable of penetrating skin, mutating the melanocytes and making them cancerous. That’s why it’s important to visit a dermatologist or skin care doctor at least once or twice a year for a full body mole check.

Melanoma can usually be identified by using the ABCD system:

  • Asymmetry: A common distinguishing trait of melanoma is an asymmetrical appearance the symmetrical round borders of benign moles.
  • Border: Ordinary moles should have an even, continuous border. Melanoma will have an irregular border with the mole appearing to have peaks and valleys.
  • Color: Melanoma is unusual in its coloration, often mixing dark and light colors in a single patch of skin.
  • Diameter: Most moles with a diameter of six millimeters or smaller (about the size of a pencil eraser) are benign. Anything larger than this could potentially be cancerous and

For more information about identifying melanoma or to schedule a full body mole check, 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 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Preventing Cold Sores

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are lesions on the lips or mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). These are different from genital herpes, which is caused by HSV-2, but can be equally contagious. Watch the video below to learn more about basic precautions and treatment options you can take to avoid catching and spreading cold sores.

Having a healthy immune system can help your body protect and defend itself against the virus. Take care to wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap, and avoid sharing personal items like drink glasses and towels. Because they are very contagious, avoid direct contact with those who currently suffer from cold sores.

For more information about preventing and treating cold sores or fever blisters, 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 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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