July 2014 Newsletter for Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte (DSC)

How to Check for Bedbugs

If you plan to travel this summer — or anytime, you’ll definitely want to watch this month’s video. It gives tips to help you check for bedbugs while traveling, so you can avoid bites and bedbugs from returning home with you.

How to check for bedbugs (1:55)

Resources Just For Kids

Bedbugs: Signs and symptoms

Bedbugs: Who gets and causes

Bedbugs: Tips for preventing

What Dermatologists Tell Their Patients

Bedbugs tend to bite while a person sleeps. Few people awake while being bitten. Most people notice their bites in the morning when they find itchy welts on their skin that appear in a zigzag pattern.

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Psoriasis: A guide for patients (15:00)

Dermatology in the News

You can prevent, find skin cancer
It’s true. Many skin cancers can be prevented. It’s also true that learning how to check your skin for signs of skin cancer could save your life. To increase awareness of these important health messages, the Academy recently released three new public service ads (PSAs).

“Lawn” uses humor to encourage men over 50 years of age to check their skin for signs of skin cancer. “Time” and “Tanning doesn’t make you beautiful” target teens and young women. The message is simple. The effects of tanning will eventually show up on your skin. By stopping now, you can prevent serious and sometimes fatal effects. View PSAs.


Tanning beds, sun lamps to have warning label
The Academy applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for placing stricter regulations on tanning beds and sunlamps. Nearly 28 million people tan indoors each year in the United States. This exposes them to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which greatly increases their risk of developing skin cancer.
To learn more, including what the warning label must say and by when it must be displayed, go to Dermatologists commend FDA actions to safeguard the public from the dangers of tanning beds


Does drinkable sunscreen really work?
If you’re tempted to try the new drinkable sunscreen, save your money. Proof that the product can do what the manufacturer claims is completely lacking.

To protect your skin from the sun, dermatologists still recommend that you seek shade, use sunscreen, and wear sun-protective clothing. Be sure to use sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 or higher, and water resistance. You’ll find the Academy’s official position at American Academy of Dermatology Statement on Drinkable Sunscreen.


Indoor tanning raises melanoma risk regardless of sunburn history
People who use tanning beds are at higher risk for melanoma regardless of whether they have suffered burns from indoor ultraviolet ray or outdoor sun exposure, a population-based, case-controlled study of 1,852 participants found. Healio (free registration) (6/4)


Early use of tanning beds, lamps raises skin cancer risk
A study in Pediatrics revealed participants who used tanning lamps, beds and booths were more likely than nonusers to develop early-onset basal cell carcinoma, with the highest risk seen in those who used them as teens or young adults. Researchers surveyed 657 people with BCC and 452 people without the skin cancer about their history of indoor tanning. DailyRx.com (6/22)


Study: Men, older patients with melanoma at higher risk for SCC
About 1 in 8 people who had been diagnosed with melanoma subsequently developed squamous cell carcinoma in a study of 6,378 melanoma patients. The chances of developing SCC were almost doubled for men compared with women, and age was found to be a risk factor. “Clinicians should be vigilant about checking for SCCs during skin examinations, especially among individuals at high risk, and they should counsel melanoma survivors about the increased risk for SCCs and educate these patients on methods for detecting potential SCCs during skin self-examinations,” the researchers wrote. Healio (free registration) (6/2)


Multiple sunburns at young age linked to increased melanoma risk
In an analysis of almost 109,000 white female nurses, researchers found that those who had five or more bad sunburns between ages 15 and 20 had an 80% increased risk of developing melanoma later in life. Multiple sunburns within this age range were also associated with higher basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma risks. The findings appear in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. HealthDay News (5/30)

Injecting any filler bought online can be disfiguring
If you’re thinking about using a filler to diminish wrinkles or give your face more fullness, you should see a dermatologist. Buying a filler online to save time and money can be costly. Dermatologists are seeing more patients who have had a devastating result from these fillers. Many of these patients walk in with severe allergic reactions and disfigured faces. They hope a dermatologist can repair the damage.

To learn more about the results people are seeing from fillers purchased online, read Botched illegal cosmetic fillers are on the rise.

Academy resources

Are fillers the right choice for you?

Who should be providing your cosmetic procedure? (video)


Psychiatric study supports theory that Botox affects depression
A single injection of cosmetic botulinum toxin into the facial muscles related to emotional expression can alleviate symptoms of depression, researchers from Hannover Medical School in Germany reported at the American Psychiatric Association 2014 Annual Meeting. Patients with chronic and treatment-resistant depression who received a botulinum toxin injection in glabellar frown lines experienced higher reductions in depression indicators than patients who received saline injections. Medscape (free registration) (6/12)


Self-tanning creams generally safe, but watch for allergic reactions
Self-tanning creams and lotions are generally considered safe, but some people may be allergic to dihydroxyacetone. “I think the incidence is somewhat under-reported, however, as I see at least five cases of allergy every summer in North Carolina,” dermatologist Zoe Diana Draelos writes. Modern Medicine/Dermatology Times (6/2)


AAD Provides Tips To Avoid Poison Ivy
In the New York Times (6/16) “Well” blog, Jane E Brody writes that it is possible to “develop an allergic reaction to poison ivy after previously uneventful exposures, which induce a sensitivity to the plant’s oily sap, urushiol.” People who come in contact with poison ivy are advised by the American Academy of Dermatology to wash their “skin immediately. Lukewarm, soapy water is best, but even plain water can limit exposure to the sap.” Clothing contaminated with urushiol needs to be carefully removed and washed separately as soon as possible.


Huffington Post Discusses Ways To Apply Sunscreen To Back In an article titled “Here’s How To Apply Sunscreen To Your Back Without Anyone Else’s Help,” the Huffington Post (6/9, Bratskeir) discusses “a few sneaky ways to rub sunscreen into those hard-to-reach places.”

 

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