Blog Talk: Integrated Dermatology
Posts for: June, 2016
Find out when your child might just need to see a dermatologist.
Is your child dealing with an annoying rash or an unsightly wart? While you may think that your little one’s pediatrician is the perfect person treat the issue, there are certain instances where a dermatologist might be the best bet. Especially when it comes to treating skin conditions. Find out when to see your West Palm Beach dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner, Dr. Kathleen Herne or Dr. Heather Houck. Learn how they can help with pediatrics issues.
What is a pediatric dermatologist?
We specialize in treating skin conditions in children from birth through adolescence. Children deal with a lot of the same skin problems that plague adults. Some problems that are more prevalent in little ones.
That’s why it’s important to see a doctor who is specifically trained to handle these health problems. Our dermatologists also know how to work with children and their specific needs to make them feel comfortable while in the doctor’s office.
What can pediatric dermatologists do?
We are here to diagnose and treat a variety of skin conditions including infections, fungus, moles, rashes, acne, warts, growths and other congenital skin problems. We can prescribe medications to treat your child’s skin problem. We also remove growths like warts or cysts, as well as biopsy suspicious growths and lesions.
When should my child see a pediatric dermatologist?
There are certain instances when you will want to schedule an appointment with your child’s dermatologist in West Palm Beach. These scenarios include:
- If your child was born with a birthmark or wart We can continue to monitor it to make sure that it doesn’t become infected or won’t become cancerous.
- If your child is dealing with a rash or acne outbreak, a pediatric dermatologist will be able to treat the problem most effectively.
- If your child is dealing with a serious or chronic skin problem. A serious skin condition is one that suddenly changes shape, color or size.
The health of your child’s skin is important. Turn to Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches to schedule your child’s next appointment. Call us today!
Find out how skin cancer can be effectively eliminated through this thorough surgical procedure.
Did you know that almost half of American adults who live to be 65 years old will deal with some form of skin cancer during their lifetime? Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer, with more than four million United States adults diagnosed each year. If one of our Boynton Beach dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner, Dr. Kathleen Herne or Dr. Heather Houc,k has diagnosed you with skin cancer and recommended Mohs surgery, find out more about this treatment and how it can benefit you.
What is Mohs surgery?
During this procedure, your Boynton Beach skin doctor will remove skin cancer layer by layer, examining each layer under a microscope before removing more. Through microscopic examination, we can detect cancer cells, which reduces the amount of healthy tissue that might be removed during the procedure.
Before the surgery, a local anesthesia will be injected into the skin to alleviate discomfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, we will remove the first layer of skin cancer. This layer is then examined under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. Then another layer is removed and examined. We will continue to remove layers of tissue until there are no cancer cells present.
When is Mohs surgery recommended?
There are many instances in which this type of procedure is appropriate for removing skin cancer including,
- Cancer that is growing rapidly
- Cancer that is more than likely to return
- Cancer that is in more visible areas such as the ears or nose
- Childhood skin cancer
- Cancer that is more likely to spread to other areas of the body
What is the recovery period after my surgery?
Everyone’s recovery time may be a bit different depending on how extensive your surgery is. The average recovery period can take anywhere from two to four weeks.
Concerned about a suspicious mole? Have questions about your upcoming surgery? Don’t hesitate to contact the Boynton Beach skin care experts at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches to get the care you deserve.