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Update: This issue has been resolved (8/8/17).
We are working on resolving the issue.
Update: This issue has been resolved (8/8/17).
The physicians at Commonwealth Dermatology encourage everyone to make both self-skin exams and regular skin exam’s with a board certified Dermatologist a part of their health care routine.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It is very curable when caught early.
Monthly self-skin exams: is an important factor in early discovery of these lesions. Getting to know your own skin, is key to noticing changes early.
To learn more about how to do a Self Skin Exam visit our post here: http://ow.ly/10EMBU
Baseline Skin Exam with a Dermatologist: It is recommended that everyone see a dermatologist to have a baseline skin exam. At this exam, they will look over all your spots, freckles, and moles with you. They will assure you which ones are normal and begin a treatment plan on any that may be of concern.
To learn more about what is involved in a full Skin Exam with your physician we have written a great article here: http://ow.ly/10EN7c
To schedule a skin exam, please call our office at 804-440-SKIN (7546).
Do you suffer from itchy skin that is considered a “chronic itch”? (lasting longer than 6 weeks)? The American Academy of Dermatology has great tips to help soothe that itchy skin, no matter what the cause!
10 January 2017
To help soothe itchy skin, Dr. Galadari recommends the following tips:
“While treating your skin, try to avoid scratching, as this will further irritate your skin and could increase your risk for a skin infection,” said Dr. Galadari. “It’s also a good idea to take steps to help prevent your skin from itching.”
To help prevent itching, Dr. Galadari recommends the following tips:
“If your itch does not go away with home treatment, see a board-certified dermatologist,” said Dr. Galadari. “Some people have more than one reason to scratch, and a dermatologist can work with you to find the cause and relieve your itching.”
Video: ” How to Relieve Itchy Skin”
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Winter can be very brutal on your hands! Exposure to the cold, wind, wet weather along with the chemicals we use in winter on our cars and homes can cause your hands to be anywhere from extremely dry to the more painful extreme of scaling, cracking & painful fissures. People prone to eczema are likely to see worsening of the condition.
The American Academy of Dermatology has shared some valuable information on this painful condition known as Hand Eczema:
Is the skin on your hands dry, thick, and scaly? Do you have deep, painful cracks on your hands that bleed? You may have more than dry skin. Hand eczema could be the culprit.
Hand eczema can cause the following:
Because it often looks like dry skin, hand eczema can easily be mistaken for dry skin. Unlike dry skin, you need more than a good moisturizer to get rid of hand eczema.
Effective treatment begins with finding the cause. Anything that irritates your skin can cause hand eczema. Even something as harmless as water can irritate your skin if your often have wet hands. Many people who frequently have wet hands throughout the day, such as nurses, hair stylists, and plumbers get hand eczema.
Working with chemicals like solvents, detergents, or cement also increases the risk. Hand eczema is common among construction workers and machinists.
Hand eczema can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Some health care workers get hand eczema from wearing latex gloves.
You also have a higher risk of developing hand eczema if you had atopic dermatitis (often called eczema) as a child.
Because so many things can cause hand eczema, finding the cause can be tricky. Until you find the cause and avoid it, hand eczema can worsen.
That’s why it can help to see a dermatologist. These doctors have the expertise needed to track down the cause, as Mark’s* story illustrates.
When he was 42 years old, the skin on Mark’s hand became extremely painful and slightly itchy. A rash covered the back of his hands and some of his forearms. The only time Mark felt some relief was when he was away from work for a week.
By talking with Mark, his dermatologist learned that Mark worked as a printing press operator. On the job, Mark was exposed to many chemicals, but he wore gloves to protect his hands.
Because Mark was exposed to many chemicals, his dermatologist started by testing him for allergies. The results showed that Mark wasn’t allergic to anything tested.
So his dermatologist asked Mark about all the tasks he performed at work. One task stood out. Mark was responsible for cleaning the press between print jobs. While cleaning the press, Mark wore gloves to protect his hands from the solvent. Despite wearing gloves, Mark said that his hands often felt wet. When he would remove the gloves, however, he said there was no trace of solvent on his hands.
At this point, any number of things could be irritating Marks’ skin. His dermatologist focused on the gloves.
By doing some research, Mark’s dermatologist discovered that the gloves stopped protecting Mark’s skin from the solvent after 4 hours.
The next step was to ask Mark how he used the gloves and how often he changed his gloves. From Mark’s answers, it seemed likely that the gloves were part of the problem.
During an appointment, Mark’s dermatologist showed him how to put on and remove the gloves to prevent solvent from getting inside. His dermatologist also recommended that Mark get a new pair of gloves every day rather than once every 4 to 8 weeks.
After making these minor changes, Mark said his skin improved dramatically. In a month, his rash was almost gone.
As you can see from Mark’s story, finding the cause often takes time, detective work, and expertise.
But finding the cause is essential to get relief. Once you know what’s causing the hand eczema, treatment can bring relief. Treatment includes avoid what’s causing the hand eczema. To help your hands heal, your dermatologist may also include a moisturizer, barrier repair cream, or cortisone cream in your treatment plan.
A dermatologist can also tell you how to avoid what’s causing your hand eczema.
Even if it seems unlikely that you’ll be able to avoid certain tasks like immersing your hands in water throughout the day or putting on a pair of latex gloves, a dermatologist can help. Dermatologists have developed strategies to help their patients continue to work while avoiding what’s causing their hand eczema.
Sometimes, a few days off of work can be helpful. If you have severe hand eczema, more time off of work may be necessary.
With preventive measures and treatment, however, most people with hand dermatitis recover completely.
If you have extremely dry, painful hands and using moisturizer throughout the day fails to bring relief, you may have hand eczema. Without treatment and preventive measures, hand eczema tends to worsen.
Seeing a dermatologist can relieve hand eczema before it worsens.
We are excited to be celebrating brides to be at the Richmond Wedding Expo, and invite to come join us this Saturday, January 15th! Stop by our booth and let us help you look and feel your very best on your special day!
Recently the American Academy of Dermatology shared Skin Care Tips just for men! More than ever before, men are paying more attention to their skin and pursuing healthy and younger looking skin. November is National Healthy Skin Month, which makes it a great time to step up your skin care routine and self-skin exams!
Here are a few tips from Dr. Anthony Rossi, of the American Academy of Dermatology:
“Before developing a skin care routine, it’s important that everyone identify and understand their skin type:
“Understanding your skin type will help you learn how to take care of your skin and select skin care products that are right for you,” said Dr. Rossi.
To help men develop healthy skin care routines, Dr. Rossi recommends the following tips:
Not sure what products to choose, or if you have any questions about your skin, see a board-certified dermatologist.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment at (804) 440-SKIN (7546)
Here is a great video from the American Academy of Dermatology on Skin Care Tips for Men:
Obagi is joining with Commonwealth Dermatology to bring you a wonderful Holiday event!
Whether you already love Obagi products and want to take advantage of the special discount, or you are looking for a new skin care line and want to take advantage of the free consultation and to come take a look at this great line, our Holiday Extravaganza event is for you!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday December 6th from 4 pm to 7 pm and come join us!
Stop by for some food and prizes along with these fantastic specials:
Call us today to reserve a spot, and we can hold some product for you! (804) 282-0831