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Why You Should Let A Dermatologist Take A Look At That Rash

Friday, September 28, 2018

 


Rashes come in all shapes and sizes. Even if your rash is not causing any immediate issues, it could quickly develop into something more serious. Let's take a look at why you should let a dermatologist take a look at that rash.

Diagnosis

There are three main categories of rashes. Infectious rashes include fungal, viral and bacterial infections. Inflammatory rashes enlarge the pocket of skin for various amounts of time. Finally, rashes linked to your immune system are triggered by antibodies passing through your skin. Without proper medical experience, it is difficult to identify which type of rash you have. Because all of these rashes have unique treatments, it is necessary to have a dermatologist's input on the best course of action. Sometimes, a rash can result as a byproduct of many of the above factors, and it's nearly impossible to diagnose these hybrid rashes on your own.

Escalation

Your rash might look small and relatively harmless, but it can rapidly escalate into a serious condition. Chronic rashes last for weeks and only get worse as the skin is exposed to bacteria and the fabric of your clothing. If you are able to treat a rash during its development, the time to recovery is nearly cut in half as opposed to if you let the infection spread. When you visit a dermatologist, he or she can prescribe pharmaceutical treatment within 24 hours. Time is of the essence for rashes, and putting off a visit to the dermatologist can exponentially increase the severity of the condition.

Documentation

Rash documentation is very important for treatment. Your dermatologist wants to be aware of the full progression of the rash in order to track changes and make fully-informed decisions. During your appointment, your dermatologist will take pictures and scans of your rash for future use. You will also likely fill out forms indicating your medical history. If the rash does escalate, all this information can be used to optimize your treatment and road to recovery. In any case, details about your rash are crucial additions to your medical record.

Overall health

An untreated rash isn't just a nuisance. It can be detrimental to your overall health, including sleep habits, physical activity and mental attentiveness. The antibodies and symptoms from an isolated rash can spread across your body, and your immune system can quickly break down if left unattended. A single rash can easily be contained by a dermatologist, so you don't want to be negligent and let this impact your daily lifestyle.

Conclusion

Your rash might be annoying and a little sore on the surface, but there could be much larger underlying issues beneath your skin. It's essential that you visit a dermatologist who can take a look at that rash and provide you with the optimal treatment.

 

When Should You Worry About Your Mole?

Friday, September 07, 2018

 

Every individual has a mole on their skin. On average, a person has at least 10 but not more than 40 moles. Most moles tend to appear at the age of 20 and can appear anywhere at your body. Scientifically, genetics is the underlying factor to the pattern of the moles in your skin. However, other factors such as sun exposure can make the moles on your skin to get darker and cause you to develop more moles. Additionally, new moles tend to surface and the existing become larger and darker during teenage-hood and when you become pregnant.

It is important to take good care of your skin in order to prevent skin cancer. It is also recommended to keep checking your skin for any abnormalities, and that includes paying close attention to moles. But what should you be looking out for? What are the signs that the chance in mole pattern and appearance may be indicating the potential of becoming cancerous? And how can you safely know that the moles are perfectly normal? Some mole aesthetics could pose a cause for concern but others could mean you have nothing to worry about.

Most dermatologists say that moles are like a family and there should always be a second mole that resembles the other. In case there is a mole that does not fit on your body and does not match with any other, professional screening from a skin cancer specialist is highly recommended. Every person is advised to closely monitor their moles after every three months using the common ABCDE technique; that is checking whether the moles are asymmetry, have irregular borders, irregular color, are increasing in diameter or, evolving.

Asymmetrical Moles

Benign is non-cancerous mole is usually symmetrical. Moles are supposed to be perfect but should not be asymmetrical. If a mole is asymmetrical, seek a skin cancer specialist for further screening.

Moles Raised Above the Skin

Moles can be raised for various reasons. Benign intradermal moles are examples of healthy but raised moles. However, raised moles should be closely monitored for changes. Additionally, moles that change and become raised generally are a cause for concern and one should visit a skin specialist for help.

A Big Mole

Congenital moles, commonly known as birthmarks are generally big in size and they do not pose any health concern. However, due to their size and dark nature, they are potentially at a higher risk for melanoma. Therefore, they should be closely monitored for any changes or abnormalities.

Mole with Many Colors

Multiple colored moles are a cause for concern and you should visit a skin cancer specialist for advice.

A Very Dark Mole or Black in Color

Some skin types are known to have darker moles. However, if one mole is darker than the rest, seek a professional advice from a skin specialist.

A Mole that is Growing in Size and Changing in Shape

Moles exhibit a tendency to change gradually over time. They can slowly change color or disappear completely. However, any change should never be drastic or in a short span of time. If that happens, visit a skin specialist for advice.

Mole with Uneven Border

A change of border to any mole need to be examined by a skin specialist

The experts at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco are specially trained to treat skin conditions no matter how severe. We'll also recommend a daily skin care routine to help you achieve a younger, healthier and more vibrant appearance. Contact us today at 972-335-2727 to schedule your consultation.

 

5 Common Reasons to See a Dermatologist

Friday, September 07, 2018

 

A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in evaluation and management of conditions affecting the skin, hair, nails and the lining within the mouth, nose, and eyelids— mucus membrane. It is highly recommended to visit a dermatologist at least once every year for signs of skin cancer checkup and other skin related diseases, and at least every six months if you have a history of genetic predisposition or that of skin cancer. Below are some of the main reasons why you should make an effort to see a dermatologist for at least once a year:

 

 

 

 

Acne

It is the most common skin condition that dermatologist deals with on a daily basis. It involves skin oil glands and affects three in every four individuals aged 11 to 29. Acne is unpleasant, and inflammatory skin condition, which causes pimples and dark spots on your face, shoulders, neck and on your back. When the pimples heal, they leave scars on your skin that are hard to get rid of. It is advisable to visit a doctor for treatment immediately the pimples start showing up. Depending on the severity and persistence of the condition a dermatologist can diagnose the specific type of acne and formulate a better treatment plan to reduce the visual appearance of acne marking. Commonly known risk factors include genetics, humid and hot climates, menstrual cycles, and stress.

Skin cancer

Visit a dermatologist for professional skin cancer screening since its early detection is crucial for successive treatment. The doctor removes some suspicious tissues on your skin and conducts a test under a microscope to see if there are any cancerous cells. In case of a positive result, the dermatologist puts you under treatment plan and therapy sessions.

Rosacea

Rosacea starts as a facial redness that may resemble a sunburn or unexplained blush on the cheeks, nose, or chin that comes and goes. As time passes by, the color deepens and becomes reddish in appearance. Eventually, visible blood vessels may start appearing. Without adequate treatment, bumps, and pimples may start to develop, worsening over time. In extreme cases, the nose may become swollen, deformed and enlarged. Rosacea is a chronic disease and often becomes a permanent condition if it is not treated early. You are therefore advised to make sure you see a doctor for proper medication, laser therapy, lifestyle changes guidelines and photodynamic therapy, which helps to control it. The doctor may evaluate the stage of your condition and provide a management program that will work best for you. The plan may include a combination of skin care products, triggers to avoid, prescription medications and laser treatments.

Pigmentation

Aged skin and skin exposed to the UVA and UVB rays are often affected by discoloration spots, brown or age spots, which are also known as pigmentation. Many people seek help from a dermatologist to assist them clear-up these unfavorable spots. The doctor may recommend some treatments that include chemical peels, laser therapy, and active skincare

Psoriasis

This is an unpleasant itchy and painful skin disorder that stems from a problem with your immune system. Your skin cells form quickly and build upon the surface of your skin forming 'plagues' in severe cases, they can be thick, red and have silvery scales. Visit a doctor to get recommendations for effective creams or oral medication, injections, which will help in suppressing the over-reactive immune system.

The experts at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco are specially trained to treat skin conditions no matter how severe. We'll also recommend a daily skin care routine to help you achieve a younger, healthier and more vibrant appearance. Contact us today at 972-335-2727 to schedule your consultation.


 


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