Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte: July 2015
Many folks were seen, from the Charlotte area, and we found several skin cancers. This free screening allowed many patients who would not have been able to see a dermatologist see one and get their skin checked out.
If you haven’t had your skin checked this year, please call our office and make an appointment for a skin care screening. 704-943-3714.
Proper Wound Care: How to Minimize a Scar
Even minor cuts and scrapes can leave a scar. Proper wound care, however, can prevent some scars and reduce the appearance of others. In this month’s video, you’ll learn how to care for wounds at home.
You’ll also find out how to prevent healed skin from turning red or brown when sunlight hits it.
Proper wound care: How to minimize a scar (2:58)
Resist the temptation to pick, pop or squeeze pimples or other types of acne. Doing so can cause a permanent acne scar.
- Why do we get scars?
- Acne scars: Tips for preventing
- Acne scars: Treatment and outcome
“Sunburn Alert” Product Line Helps Adults, Kids Prevent Skin Damage.
The AP (6/21, Kelvey) profiles JADS International’s “Sunburn Alert” product line, which features “a collection of stickers and wristbands that are sensitive to the ultraviolet, or UV radiation from the sun.” JADS CEO Andrew Levine claimed that, “by using the stickers or bands, people will have a way to gauge how much solar radiation they are absorbing and take action to prevent skin damage.” Levine stated: “These are calibrated to start changing color before a person with very pale skin, or a child, will start to burn.”
CDC: Chloramines In Swimming Pool Water May Irritate Eyes, Skin.
The ABC News (6/25, Mohney) website reports that people using swimming pools often “end up with red eyes or even skin irritation,” and the cause is “probably not the chlorine” used in pool water. The CDC “advises that what is especially irritating for swimmers is when chlorine mixes with body fluids including sweat or even urine.” The resulting “by-products, called chloramines, appear in the water or even in the air near a pool.” Swimmers who do not use goggles “should be careful to keep their eyes shut underwater.” Chloramines in the air may irritate people’s airways, too, posing a risk for people with asthma.
UK Study Suggests Public Confusion Over Sunscreen Labels.
BBC News (6/26) reports, according to the British Royal Pharmaceutical Society, “there is huge confusion over the labels on sun creams, and manufacturers should all use the same rating system.” A UK survey of 2,000 adults found that “one in five was unaware that the SPF rating does not mean protection against all sun damage – only that from UVB rays.”
The Guardian (UK) (6/26) reports on the study and says “the society said ignorance of the issue could be putting people at greater risk of skin damage and cancer.”
Florida Health Officials Warn Residents Of Vibrio Vulnificus.
Following the death of two Brevard County residents, Florida Today (6/16, Waymer) reports state health officials are “warning people to avoid exposing open wounds to warm, salty outdoor waters, and for those with health issues to avoid eating raw shellfish.” A total of eight people have been infected with the bacterium Vibrio vulnificus since October. Barry Inman, epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health, said officials were not able to determine if either man had contracted the bacteria through food or through a wound before dying. According to data from the Florida Department of Health, the state has average 30 cases and 9 deaths annually from Vibrio in the past seven years.
Following media outlets erroneously describing the bacterium as a “flesh-eating bacteria,” The Tampa Bay (FL) Times (6/16, Maher) notes the Florida Department of Health “began efforts to prevent hysteria” by sending out a news release headlined “Families and visitors encouraged to visit Florida’s beautiful beaches.” The department emphasized that infections from the bacterium were rare also tweeted: “#VibrioVulnificus is not a flesh-eating bacteria. Know the facts!”
Researchers: Many Apartment Buildings Catering To College Students Provide Free Indoor Tanning.
The NPR (6/5, Whitehead) “Shots” blog reports that “many apartment buildings that cater to students provide free indoor tanning,” according to a research letter published June 3 in JAMA Dermatology. After investigating “apartment complexes surrounding the University of Texas, Austin and Texas A&M University,” researchers found that about 50 percent of apartments “within a one-mile radius of UT Austin” and 31 percent of those within a two-mile radius of Texas A&M in College Station “offer free, on-site indoor tanning services.” In many cases, apartment managers even allowed kids under 18 to use the tanning services even though it is against Texas law. Ultraviolet rays emitted from tanning beds may increase the risk for melanoma, a skin cancer that can be deadly.
Study: Melanoma Usually Arises In Normal Skin.
LiveScience (6/6, Geggel) reported that research suggests that “melanoma usually arises in normal skin, where there is no dark spot or sign of cancer until the melanoma suddenly shows up.” The study also indicated that “melanomas that arise in non-mole areas of the skin tend to be more aggressive and deadly than those that do arise from moles.” The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.
CDC: Melanoma Rates Have Doubled In The US In The Past 30 Years.
The Arizona Republic (6/13, Sexton) reported that “rates of melanoma…have doubled in the United States in the past 30 years and will continue to climb unless people minimize exposure to ultraviolet light, according to the” CDC. The Republic points out that “the CDC recommends several cancer-prevention strategies, including reducing UV exposure from both sunbathing and from indoor tanning booths.”
Patients With Facial Paralysis May Benefit From Hyaluronic Acid Injections.
HealthDay (6/19, Preidt) reports that research suggests that individuals “with facial paralysis may benefit from” hyaluronic acid injections. Researchers found that “all 25 patients showed notable improvement in their ability to speak and to eat and drink without spillage.” The findings were published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
FDA Warns AD/HD Patch Can Lead To Permanent Skin Color Loss.
Medscape (6/25, Brooks) report that the FDA issued a warning Wednesday that Noven Therapeutics, Inc.’s Daytrana (methylphenidate), a patch for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), “may cause permanent skin color loss.” According to the FDA, “postmarketing reports of acquired skin depigmentation or hypopigmentation of the skin, consistent with chemical leukoderma, have been associated with the use of the Daytrana patch.” The condition is not physically harmful, but it is disfiguring. In response, the FDA “has added a new warning to the drug label to indicate the risk for chemical leukoderma.”
Plaque Psoriasis Drug Demonstrates Both Rapid And Sustained Results In Clinical Trial.
Reuters (6/28, Hirschler) reported that new clinical data published in The Lancet on Monday demonstrated that Novartis’ injectable plaque psoriasis drug, Cosentyx (secukinumab), not only rapidly treated the condition, but also had sustained success over a one-year period. Cosentyx is first among IL-17A inhibitors, a new class of drug that targets the protein connected to inflammation.
New York Magazine Discusses Sunscreen “Myths.”
New York Magazine (6/29), in “The Cut,” discusses “several myths about sunscreen and what’s safest to use on your skin.” The magazine points out that “the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, though the Environmental Working Group argues that SPF values greater than 50 could lead to a false sense of security.” The article points out that “the FDA is aware of this issue: The agency proposed a regulation stating that products over 50 be labeled 50+, but it’s still under review.” Meanwhile, the agency is also “investigating the safety of spray products but hasn’t made any rulings.”
Cooking outdoors? Avoid getting citrus juice on your skin
If you plan to cook outdoors, you may want to be extra careful when handling limes and other citrus fruits. Some people develop a toxic reaction when they’re in the sun and citrus juice drips on their skin.
Man making margaritas gets second-degree burns from limes
- Contact dermatitis: Signs and symptoms
Slideshow includes picture of reaction to lime juice triggered by sunlight
More adults, kids getting melanoma
Before heading outdoors this summer, make sure you have everything you need to protect your skin from the sun. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that the number of new cases of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, doubled between 1982 and 2011.
The CDC predicts that this number will continue to rise unless Americans start protecting their skin from the sun — and stop indoor tanning.
You can learn more about this rise in melanoma by reading:
- U.S. melanoma rate is now double what it was 30 years ago
- Melanoma rates way up among young people in U.S.
- Prevent skin cancer
Melanoma: Signs and symptoms