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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.
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Just like you Winterize your home or car, your skin needs a bit of care during the cold, dry winter weather. This is especially important for people with Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis. Here are some great tips to pamper your skin through the roughest winter.
Follow the 3-Minute Rule. Bathe or shower daily for 10-15 minutes. This is the opportunity to hydrate your skin. Rinse well. Immediately after turning the water off, you have 3 minutes to (1) pat dry and (2) to apply a thick moisturizer to all skin (from head to toes). By doing this within 3 minutes, you are sealing in all the water to keep your skin moisturized for hours. If you wait longer than 3 minutes, the water you just gained from the bath will evaporate off your skin, taking more moisture with it, leading to more dryness.
Choose gentle cleansers. With the brisk weather and dry humidity, we need to be extra gentle to our skin. Only use a nondrying, gentle moisturizing cleanser and rinse well. Harsh soaps will cause more dryness and irritation. Good examples of a gentle cleanser are Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, and Dove Sensitive Skin to name a few.
Choose thick emollient moisturizers. In the wintertime, thicker and greasier moisturizers work better. Thicker petrolatum based creams seal water in the skin, trapping it there to moisturize your skin for hours. Lotions are thinner and don’t work as well to seal in the moisture. A few examples of thick moisturizers are Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, CeraVe Cream, Vanicream, Aquaphor, or plain Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Use these twice a day to provide protection all day long and to prevent problems do to dry skin.
Keep those exposed areas protected. Areas that are always exposed will be more prone to problems due to harsh cold and dry weather. Use heavier creams on the face and the hands. Face: For the face, use thicker oil free moisturizers. If your skin is severely dry, use plain Vaseline to moisturize damp skin at night. Remember to use sunblock also. Although the weather is colder, you can still sunburn. If you are around water or snow, you are exposed to the sun that shines directly on you and from the sun that bounces off water and snow, putting you at more risk of sunburning. Hands: For the hands, avoid antibacterial gels and soaps. Use gentle cleansers and friction when washing the hands to remove bacteria. Choose hand creams that last longer such as Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Vaniply, and Theraplex Emollient. Wear gloves to protect your hands from chapping and to help seal the moisturizer into the skin.
Don’t forget your lips. More people tend to lick their lips in the wintertime due to dryness. Overtime, lips become chapped from saliva evaporating off the lips, drawing more moisture away. Choose a thick moisturizing lip balm such as Moisturizing Chapstick, Blistex, Burt’s Bees, Vaseline or Aquaphor and apply these often. And if you accidentally lick your lips, follow up by greasing up again.
Warming up. Those things that help keep us warm in the winter can also cause issues. Home: Turning on the heat indoors dries out the air in your house. Therefore, your outside environment is dry as well as the comfort of your own home. You can remedy this by following the 3-minute rule above, by using a humidifier indoors, or even with the use of indoor water fountains. Car: Careful that your car heater is not pointed directly at your face or your feet. These areas can get easily over irritated and over dry causing you to itch in these areas. The car seat heater can also trigger irritation of the skin on your back and your bottom. Other heat: Heating pads and positioning yourself too close to a portable heater can also irritate your skin. Provide extra protection to these areas.
Basic skin care, as above, and moisturizing at least twice a day (and as many times as needed) can prevent many problems encountered as wintertime approaches.
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: