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By Skin Center
January 11, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts  

It is not uncommon for children to develop warts, especially on the hands, feet, or face. Warts can go away on their own, but it is best to seek treatment if the warts are spreading or causing your child discomfort. The skilled providers at the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, can develop a treatment plan for eliminating your child’s warts.

Types of Warts

There are several types of warts. Three types that can affect children include common warts, plantar or foot warts, and flat warts. Common warts tend to develop on the fingers and the back of the hands, as well as around the fingernails. These warts usually feel like rough bumps and sometimes have black dots that resemble seeds. Common warts can spread to the face simply by touching the face with the hands.

Plantar warts, which are also called foot warts, usually develop on the soles of the feet, often in clusters. A primary cause of this type of wart is walking barefoot in damp areas, such as locker rooms or public pools. Plantar warts are flat and can even grow inward. They can also have black dots like common warts.

Flat warts are known to develop anywhere on the body, but most commonly appear on the face in kids. Flat warts are smoother and smaller than both common and plantar warts. They also grow quickly and tend to develop in large clusters of anywhere from 20 to 100 warts.

Treatments for Warts

Warts generally are not harmful, although depending on their location, they can potentially cause discomfort. In many cases, warts will eventually go away on their own. This is especially true for children. Reminding children not to touch the warts helps prevent them from spreading to other areas of the body.

Professional treatments are available to help eliminate warts more quickly than simply waiting for them to go away on their own. Additionally, you should seek treatment if your child is experiencing any physical discomfort or is bothered by warts. Some of the ways we can treat warts at our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL, include:

  • Cryotherapy — Freezing off the wart
  • Electrosurgery — Burning off the wart
  • Curettage — Scraping off the wart
  • Excision — Cutting out the wart
  • Cantharidin — Brushing a substance over the wart that causes a blister to form underneath so the wart can be clipped away at a later time

Most of the above treatment methods can be used successfully with children or adults. In some cases, though, warts can be difficult to treat and other methods are necessary. Some options for treating difficult warts include laser treatment, chemical peels, bleomycin injections, and immunotherapy. One of our experienced dermatologists can recommend specific treatment methods for eliminating your child’s warts.

If your child has developed warts, we can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our dermatology providers, call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at (954) 500-SKIN (7546). Virtual visits are also available.

By Skin Center
December 31, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Exams  

Know what to look out for during your next at-home skin exam.

When was the last time you truly looked over the moles and growths on your body and face? If you haven’t been performing at-home skin exams on yourself it’s high time you started. After all, changes in a mole or the development of new moles could be signs of cancer. From the office of our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists, here’s how to perform a self-skin exam and what to look for,

Step 1: Stand in front of a full-length mirror that will help you examine all parts of your body, from head to toe. Take time to examine both your front and back in the mirror and then both sides of your body with arms raised.

Step 2: Next you’ll want to examine your underarms, arms and palms. You even want to look between your fingers and inside the crook of the elbow. Then scan down to your legs. Make sure to examine your feet, even the soles in between your toes. If you have trouble examining your feet, use a hand mirror.

Step 3: You will want to utilize a hand mirror in order to examine the back of your neck and the scalp. Make sure to move your hand throughout your scalp so you can feel for any growths or bumps that you should further examine with the mirror. Once you’re done, use the hand mirror to check your back and buttocks.

Step 4: Utilize the body mole map created by the American Academy of Dermatology, which can provide valuable insight into how to examine your skin, the warning signs of melanoma and ways to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Not sure what you’re looking for?

While the body mole map above will certainly help you know what to look for, in essence, you’ll want to look for any changes in the shape, color or size of a mole. You also want to look for painful lesions and other spots that don’t heal. Some cancerous growths can even look skin-colored or resemble a scar, so it’s important that you see your dermatologist if you notice any of these signs of skin cancer.

Remember, moles should stay relatively the same in appearance throughout your lifetime, so if you notice that a mole has developed multiple colors, has a jagged border, has become asymmetrical or has scabbed over or started to bleed then it’s time to see us for an evaluation.

Even if you aren’t noticing changes to your moles it’s still a good idea to visit your dermatologist once a year for a comprehensive and professional skin cancer screening.

Whether you are noticing changes in your skin or you simply need to schedule a skin cancer screening with a qualified dermatologist, don’t hesitate to call Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today at (954) 500-7546.

By Skin Center
December 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

There are many ways to address acne symptoms.

Dealing with unsightly blackheads on your nose? Embarrassed by those whiteheads that seem to pop up around your period? Acne is the most common chronic skin problem that we see, and it doesn’t just affect teenagers. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists have treated different types of acne in everyone from children to seniors. Here’s how to manage your breakouts,

Disinfect Your Phone

Think about how often you use your phone and then think about the last time you actually cleaned it. Yuck, right? Your phone is probably riddled with bacteria, which can’t wait to cause some nasty breakouts on your cheeks and chin. Simply use an antibacterial wipe on your phone at least once a day and say goodbye to those pesky little pimples.

Wash Your Face Twice a Day

It’s important to remove excess oil and daily grime from your skin to keep it clean. Wash with a gentle cleanser and warm (not hot) water. You only need to wash your face twice a day to keep it clean (washing more than you need to can make pimples worse because it dries out the skin). Also, remember to be gentle when washing your face. Scrubbing and rubbing isn’t going to get skin cleaner, but it will aggravate acne.

Wash Your Pillowcases

Along with giving your phone a good wipe down every day, it’s also important that anything that your face comes in contact with is also cleaned regularly, including your pillowcases. If you don’t remember the last time you cleaned your pillowcases, it’s time to toss them in the laundry right now. Environmental pollutants, oils and dead skin can collect on your pillow, which can only make acne-prone skin worse.

Look for Products that are Non-Comedogenic

As you might imagine, everything from hair products to makeup that contains oils will clog your pores. This means that you will want to give all the labels on your current products a once over to see if you can find the term “non-comedogenic”, which means that it won’t clog pores. Any products that contain oils should probably get the boot.

When should I see a dermatologist?

If you’re getting ready to throw in the towel when it comes to treating acne yourself then this is probably a good time to call our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologist for an evaluation. After all, there are several causes of acne ranging from inflammation and overactive oil production to bacteria within the pores. Our dermatologist can pinpoint which one is contributing to your acne and provide you with any of these treatment options,

  • Cleansers or prescription-strength topical ointments containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids
  • Antibiotics to kill acne-causing bacteria within the pores
  • Oral contraception to manage hormonal acne
  • Isotretinoin to treat severe, cystic acne
  • Laser or light therapies
  • Chemical peels or facials

If you’re having trouble getting your acne symptoms under control, then it might be time to consult a dermatologist. To schedule an in-person or virtual visit with our dermatologists, call Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today.

By Skin Center
December 17, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Lichen Planus  
Lichen PlanusLichen planus is an autoimmune disorder that attacks both the skin and mucous membranes inside the mouth. This chronic condition causes flat, itchy reddish-purple bumps to develop on the skin (mostly the wrists, ankles, and forearm) and white, painful sores to develop within the mouth and sometimes the genitals. This condition cannot be spread from person to person and mild itching and other symptoms are often managed through simple home care; however, if you are dealing with severe symptoms it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.

What causes lichen planus?

Lichen planus is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person. In fact, it typically appears when the immune system starts attacking the skin or mucous membrane. Certain things can trigger it including:
  • Certain OTC pain medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Medications used for arthritis, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Viral infections
  • Certain allergens
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Certain chemicals or metals
Those with autoimmune disorders may also be more likely to develop lichen planus. The good news though is that this condition is not dangerous.

Should I see a dermatologist?

If you have developed a purple rash or bumps that resemble lichen planus it’s worth it to pay a visit to your dermatologist to find out what’s going on, especially if you notice any unusual bumps on the genitals.

To determine that you do have lichen planus, we will need to biopsy some skin cells to diagnose lichen planus and to also determine whether it’s being caused by an underlying infection or an allergen. From there, further testing may be needed.

How is lichen planus treated?

So, you found out from your dermatologist that you have lichen planus. Now what? In some cases, this condition may just go away on its own; however, it’s important to recognize that there is no cure for lichen planus but there are ways to help alleviate certain symptoms such as burning or pain. Common treatment options that your dermatologist can recommend or prescribe include,
  • Antihistamines: To help with itching
  • Corticosteroid creams: To reduce inflammation and redness
  • Oral or injectable steroids: This treatment is more effective for persistent, recurring, or more severe bumps
  • Photochemotherapy: Light therapy can be effective for treating oral lichen planus
Dealing with dark itchy bumps that have you wondering whether you could be dealing with lichen planus or another skin disorder? If so, a dermatologist will easily be able to diagnose your skin condition, usually through a simple physical exam. If you are experiencing symptoms of lichen planus, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist today.
By Skin Center
November 02, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Shingles  
Treating ShinglesAs kids, we dealt with that notoriously itchy rash caused by chickenpox. Unfortunately, as we get older, the same virus that caused our childhood chickenpox can also cause shingles. If you’ve had chickenpox in the past, then that same virus is lying dormant within the body. This means that at some point during your lifetime, the virus does have the ability to reactivate, causing a painful, blistering rash on the stomach and sides. This is known as shingles.

Think You Have Shingles?

If you notice a blister-like rash developing on one side of the body it’s possible that you could have shingles. If you suspect that you have shingles, you must see a doctor.

Those over the age of 60 years old as well as those with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more at risk for complications related to shingles, so you must seek immediate dermatology care from a qualified doctor. A dermatologist can also rule out other possible conditions or infections.

Treating Shingles

For the antiviral medication to be most effective, you must see a doctor right away if you think you have shingles. The most common types of antiviral medications used to treat shingles include acyclovir and valacyclovir. These antivirals can speed up the healing process and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
There are also simple home remedies that you can use to ease discomfort associated with the rash. Some of these remedies include:
  • Applying cold compresses to the rash
  • Soaking in a cool oatmeal bath
  • Wearing light, loose-fitted clothing that won’t rub against the rash
  • Applying calamine lotion to reduce itching
  • Managing stress effectively and finding ways to help you relax
  • Eating healthy, balanced meals
  • Getting good quality sleep every night
Preventing Shingles

The good news is that there is a shingles vaccine that can protect you against this infection. If you are over the age of 50, you could benefit from the shingles vaccine so ask your doctor. The vaccine can protect you from shingle for up to five years.

If you are worried that you might have shingles, or if you’re interested in finding out whether or not you should get the shingles vaccine, a qualified dermatologist will be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with the custom dermatology treatment you need to ease your symptoms.