Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte: January 2017

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Expert tips to help you exfoliate at homeHow to exfoliate properly-from your Charlotte dermatologist

Dry Skin? If you choose to exfoliate, it’s important to do so safely so that it does not damage your skin, lead to increased redness, or intensify acne breakouts.

Read this article to learn how to properly and safely exfoliate at home. 

 

Leg veins and treatment options from your Charlotte dermatologistLeg veins: Some treatment options involve little downtime

Do spider or varicose veins keep you from wearing clothes that show your legs? Some leg veins can be treated in a dermatologist’s office with injections or a laser treatment.

Click here and learn which treatments involve little or no downtime.

 


Do you have hand eczema- visit your Ballantyne dermatologist todayDry, painful hands could be hand eczema

If moisturizer fails to bring relief, you may have more than dry skin. You could have hand eczema. Unlike dry skin, hand eczema needs more than a good moisturizer for your skin to heal.

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.

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. Learn what to do if you have hand eczema here.

What is cellulitis, exactly?

Cellulitis is a common and potentially serious infection caused by bacteria. The bacteria infect the deep layers of skin and tissue beneath the skin.

The first sign of cellulitis is usually red and swollen skin. When you touch the infected area, it often feels warm and tender.

This infection can show up anywhere on the skin. Adults often get it in a lower leg. In children, cellulitis tends to appear on the face or neck.

More people are expected to develop this common and potentially serious infection. Knowing the first signs is important. Caught early and treated, cellulitis tends to clear without causing any long-term problems. Click here for more information on cellulitis

Melanoma survivors benefit from skin self-examsCheck your skin for melanoma- and see your Charlotte dermatologist

Whether you’ve been melanoma free for a few months or many years, skin self-exams can be life saving. Even if you get checked by your doctor, skin self-exams are highly recommended.

Have you been diagnosed and treated for melanoma? If so, skin self-exams are essential. Once you’ve had melanoma, you have a higher risk of getting another one. It’s also possible for the cancer to return.

Checking your skin helps you find melanoma in its earliest stage. The earlier melanoma is found and treated, the greater the likelihood that it will be completely removed.

You’ll find everything you need to start checking your skin today here.

Ban indoor tanning for people under the age of 18- says Charlotte DermatologistWhat if no one under 18 used indoor tanning?

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed that no one under 18 years of age be allowed to use indoor tanning. Researchers wanted to know what effect this would have on children’s health.

In December 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed an age restriction on indoor tanning for minors under the age of 18. In the new study, published on Dec. 6, 2016, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that this age restriction could prevent 61,839 melanoma cases and 6,735 melanoma deaths, and save $342.9 million in melanoma treatment costs over the lifetime of the 61.2 million children age 14 and younger in the U.S.

Research: Indoor tanning age restriction could reduce melanoma incidence

Do you have a large, raised scar? There are treatments to reduce size and painKeloid- symptoms and causes- from your Charlotte dermatologist

If you have a raised scar that grew much larger than the original wound, the scar is likely a keloid. People get keloids from all sorts of things — cuts, ear piercing, insect bites, surgery, and even chickenpox. Treatment can reduce the size and pain.

Keloids: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Have the prices of your drugs gone up?

Many dermatology patients have seen dramatic price hikes for medications they need. This has left some patients unable to afford their medications — even with insurance coverage.

Did you know there are ways to reduce your drug costs? Here are some ways you can lower your costs.

Forced to try less-expensive medications first?

When an insurance company covers a more-expensive drug only after the less-expensive ones fail to work, it’s called step therapy. This tactic can delay necessary treatment and lead to setbacks.

If you’ve experienced step therapy, please share your story with the American Academy of Dermatology. Your experiences can help pass laws that allow others to get the medicines they need.

Skin Cancer Fundraising HikeHike takes you on the adventure of a lifetime

January 20-29, Fundraising Hike for Skin Cancer Research and Education

This hike takes you to Torres del Paine, which was recently voted the eighth wonder of the world Torres del Paine is probably the world’s most spectacular national park. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime adventure. During this fundraising hike, you’ll cover 46 miles in 9 days.

The funds raised will help educate the public about how to prevent and detect skin cancer, provide free skin cancer screenings, and build shade structures.

Learn more about the Skin Cancer Fundraising Hike here.

Office NewsHappy New Year from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte- your Ballantyne dermatologist
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DermaSweep’s technology takes micro-resurfacing to the next level through our unique, customizable treatment approach. Exclusive infusion solutions containing cutting-edge ingredients are added to target specific skincare concerns, for visible results in just a few treatments. Learn more about DermaSweep dermabrasion with Infusion here.

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Facebook: AAD’s most popular post last month

Indoor tanning can increase your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 percent. Stay out of tanning beds. http://ow.ly/SqPn306pMcS #HealthySkinMonth.

Twitter: AAD’s most popular retweet last month

You can detect #skincancer early by regularly checking your skin for any new or suspicious spots. http://ow.ly/yvQR305S5V6 #healthyskinmonth.

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