June 2015 Newsletter for Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte
Bug Bites and Stings: When to See a Dermatologist
Most bug bites and stings are harmless. Some, however, can cause an allergic reaction or even a serious disease. Would you recognize the signs?
This month’s video covers what you need to know. You’ll also learn when a bite or sting requires that you:
- Head to the emergency room
- See your dermatologist
You’ll find what you need to know by watching: Bug bites and stings: When to see a dermatologist
What Dermatologists Tell their Patients
While some sunscreens contain insect repellant, it’s best to buy these products separately. Sunscreen works best when slathered on every two hours — or more often. In most case, you need to apply insect repellant sparingly and less often.
Related Academy resources:
Your child’s eczema story could help other children
To help parents care for a child who has eczema; the Academy will publish a multimedia guide. We’re looking for inspiring tips from parents. Have you found a certain treatment that works for your child? Do you have a creative way to overcome an eczema trigger? Has teaming up with a dermatologist helped your child?
Your insight could mean relief for many children living with eczema.
Please take a few minutes to share your child’s eczema story.
Dermatology in the News
North Carolina Governor Signs Legislation Banning Minors From Using Tanning Beds
The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal (5/22, Craver) reports that that yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed legislation prohibiting “the use of tanning beds by anyone under age 18.” The law “goes into effect Oct. 1.” The Raleigh (NC) News & Observer (5/22) “Under the Dome” blog and the AP (5/22) also cover the story.
The doctors spoke about how many people get skin cancer, ways to reduce your risk, and how to find skin cancer early.
You’ll find tips that dermatologists shared at:
How to protect yourself from melanoma:
Melanoma Monday: Who’s Got Your Back?
The AAD’s call to action this year for Skin Cancer Awareness Month is Who’s Got Your Back? asking the public to find a partner who can assist them with protecting their back with sunscreen and checking their back – and other hard-to-see parts of the body – for suspicious spots.
CBS News (5/4, Cohen) reports online that “The American Academy of Dermatology points out that the back is the most common place on the body for melanoma to develop.” CBS News quoted AAD President, Mark Lebwohl, MD, who said, “Before you head outside, it’s important to apply a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor [SPF] of 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including the back,” adding, “Since applying sunscreen to your own back can be difficult, it’s best to ask for someone else’s help.” Lebwohl continued “even better, stay in the shade and wear clothing that covers your back.” It also used the Who’s Got Your Back? in the title and shared the infographic.
The Today Show (5/4) featured Debra Wattenberg, MD demonstrating how easy a skin cancer exam by a dermatologist can be. The Academy’s Who’s Got Your Back? Campaign was also mentioned.
NBC News (5/4, Edwards) carries a video report featuring Ali Hendi, MD. The segment discussed the Who’s Got Your Back? campaign, used images from the video and recommended everyone practice sun safety when outdoors.
Fox News (5/4) featured Adam Friedman, MD, discussing the importance of Melanoma Monday as a reminder for everyone to be more diligent about sun protection and skin cancer detection.
USA Today (5/4, Painter) featured an article about sun protection from head to toe with Dr. Lebwohl. Academy member Deborah Sarnoff, MD, also was quoted.
Article Discusses Ways To Minimize Skin Damage From Ultraviolet Rays
An article in USA Today (5/4, Painter) discusses “ways to minimize the damage that occurs every time you expose yourself to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.” USA Today adds, “Faces…are prime real estate for non-melanoma skin cancers, with noses, the tops of ears and lips especially vulnerable, says Mark Lebwohl, president of the American Academy of Dermatology.” Meanwhile, the article points out that sunglasses “should block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays and 75% to 90% of visible light, says the American Optometric Association.”
Cosmetic Products For Nails Tied To Serious Health Problems
On its front page, the New York Times (5/11, A1, Nir, Subscription Publication) reports in a 4,000-word article that “a growing body of medical research shows a link between the chemicals that make nail and beauty products useful – the ingredients that make them chip-resistant and pliable, quick to dry and brightly colored, for example – and serious health problems,” particularly for the cosmetologists who must work with them. But, “the federal law that regulates cosmetics safety, which is more than 75 years old, does not require companies to share safety information with the” FDA. While “the law bans ingredients harmful to users…it contains no provisions for the agency to evaluate the effects of the chemicals before they are put on shelves.” The cosmetics industry “has long fought regulations.”
Onabotulinum Toxin A Injections May Make Skin More Elastic
The Today Show Online (5/22, Fox) reports that research suggests that Botox (onabotulinum toxin A) “injections make the skin more elastic, and that the effect lasts for about as long as the compound stays in the body.”
HealthDay (5/22, Thompson) reports that “Botox treatment seems to promote production of elastin and collagen, a pair of proteins that make young skin tight, firm and flexible, said lead author Dr. James Bonaparte.” The research was published online in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Many People Indoor Tan, Despite Skin Cancer Risk
The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal (5/18) reports that a study last year “estimated that more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year may be related to indoor tanning and that 6,000 of those are melanomas, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Yet nearly one-third of white women ages 16-25 still participate in indoor tanning each year, according to the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. The article concludes by listing a number of “signs of melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology
Many Americans Not Protecting Their Skin As Much As They Should
TIME (5/20, Sifferlin) reports that “research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that many Americans aren’t protecting their skin as much as they should.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “researchers…asked people how often they use sunscreen when out in the sun for over an hour and only 14% of men said they regularly slathered on sunscreen.” The study found that “women, at 30%, were twice as diligent about putting on sunscreen—while men were more likely than women to report never using sunscreen.”
In the Washington Post (5/19, Bernstein) “To Your Health” blog, Lenny Bernstein writes, “The numbers are a little better when researchers asked about the face alone: 42.6 percent of women say they regularly protect their faces, while 18.1 percent of men say they do.” Bernstein adds, “One in five people will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime and a broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects from UVA and UVB rays, is the best way to prevent it. Use SPF 15 or greater, and don’t count on sunscreen alone, said Dawn Holman, a behavioral scientist for the CDC’s division of cancer prevention and control, because it wears off.”
HealthDay (5/20, Myers) reports that the research “also found that nearly 40 percent of sunscreen users were unsure whether their sunscreen provided broad-spectrum protection.”
Medscape (5/20, Kelly) reports that in a news release, AAD president Mark Lebwohl, MD, said, “Anyone can get skin cancer, so everyone should take steps to protect themselves from the sun. The Academy recommends everyone choose a sunscreen with a label that states it is broad-spectrum, has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and is water-resistant.”
Survey: Many Britons Unaware Of Signs Of Skin Cancer
BBC News (5/4) reports that “more than three-quarters of Britons say they would not recognize signs of skin cancer, a survey by the British Association of Dermatologists suggests.” The association “said that while 95% of people it surveyed knew the disease was becoming more common it was concerned that they appeared to be unaware of the link with sunburn.”