FULL SKIN EXAMS
Our providers perform full body mole exams. They will examine each part of your skin for marks or lesions, and will determine whether or not particular lesions should be biopsied and further examined under a microscope. The providers are looking specifically for atypical or dysplastic moles, and for three types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal-cell carcinomas, and squamous-cell carcinomas. It is important to remember to apply sunscreen daily, and if you are spending time outside, apply sunscreen every 2 hours.
It is generally recommended that people have annual skin checks, and for patients who have had skin cancer, to have semi-annual and even quarterly exams to ensure that all your moles are normal and healthy. *Please refrain from wearing makeup when coming in for skin checks.*
Patients of various ages can have acne-prone skin. Whether you have pimples, blackheads/whiteheads, cystic nodules, or scarring, our providers can offer treatment options for your particular needs: topical medications, medicated cleansers, oral antibiotics, and Accutane.
WARTS (Verrucous Vulgaris)
Warts are caused by a viral infection and can be contagious. A person is usually more susceptible to contracting warts when they have an area of broken skin that comes into contact with the virus. Our providers have various treatments they can use on patients of various ages, including: Liquid Nitrogen (freezing the infected area), canthicardin (also known as beetlejuice), cautery (burning), and candida injections.
It is not uncommon for warts to need multiple treatments.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. There are various forms of psoriasis, and the level of severity will determine the type of treatment the provider will prescribe. Currently, there are a variety of medications - topical, oral, and injectable - available to assist in alleviating symptoms. However, psoriasis is not a curable condition.
Eczema is a condition that is caused by inflammation of the skin, usually causing it to be red, itchy, and dry. This can often be a chronic condition for people. Our providers recommend using fragrance-free products and discontinuing the use of dryer sheets and fabric softeners, as they can trigger an eczema outbreak and cause general skin irritation. Our office offers a variety of gentle skin care and fragrance-free products. Please view our product link for more information.
For patients scheduling appointments for eczema/rashes/dermatitis, please have a list of the following information:
- Body wash
- Lotions or creams (general skin care products)
- Brand of laundry detergent
- Brand of dryer sheets and/or fabric softeners (if applicable)
- List of medications or medication changes at onset of rash
- Do you have pets at home?
- Does anyone else in your household also have this condition?
- Are you on any current treatments for this skin irritation?
SKIN CANCER INFORMATION
Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of all cancers in the U.S. and the number of cases continues to rise. It is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This rapid growth results in tumors, which are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
There are three main types of skin cancer: Basal-Cell Carcinoma, Squamous-Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. Basal-Cell and Squamous-Cell cancers are less serious types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. Also referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, they are highly curable when treated early. Melanoma, made up of abnormal skin pigment cells called melanocytes, is the most serious form of skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Left untreated, it can spread to other organs and is difficult to control.