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Posts for: December, 2013

By Integrated Dermatology
December 18, 2013
Category: Dermatology
Skin Cancer West Palm BeachAs the largest organ in your body, your skin plays a vital role in your overall health and well-being.  Your skin protects against invasive bacteria, regulates your body temperature and senses information from the stimulation of heat, cold, pressure, pain and touch.  And with skin cancer being the most prevalent type of cancer in the U.S. treatment is important. At Integrated Dermatology in West Palm Beach, skin cancer treatment is available to help improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Understanding Your Options

Fortunately, there are several effective ways to eradicate squamous cell carcinoma.  The choice of treatment is based on the type, size, location, and depth of penetration of the tumor, as well as your age and general health.  In West Palm Beach, skin cancer treatment at Integrated Dermatology consists of:
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Excisional Surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Radiation
  • Laser surgery
By visiting Integrated Dermatology, a proper skin cancer treatment plan can be created for you.  Whether you receive excisional surgery, cryosurgery or Mohs surgery in West Palm Beach will be determined by your individual case.  It is important to visit our office as soon as possible for the best treatment plan and results possible for a full recovery.

Remember to Minimize Your Risks

According to Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. In fact, statistics show that the number of skin cancer cases has been rising over the last few decades.
Fortunately, protecting you and your family from harmful UV rays doesn’t have to be difficult. Listed below are the best ways to protect your skin from damaging sun rays:
  • Select shaded areas for outdoor activities
  • When possible, avoid the sun when it is the strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • When spending long periods in the sun, wear a hat, sunglasses and other protective clothing
  • Always wear a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, even in the winter months as snow is a good reflector of UV rays
  • Avoid deliberate tanning, including tanning beds
  • Maintain regular skin examinations, including self-exams and professional check ups
Apart from skin cancer, UV rays can also lead to premature aging, such as wrinkles, as well as macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults.
Contact us for more information about available skin cancer treatments in West Palm Beach and to learn more about how you can further protect yourself from harm.

By Integrated Dermatology
December 18, 2013
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Sweating   Boynton Beach  
Boynton Beach Excessive SweatingWe sweat in order to cool the body, but excessive sweating can pose problems in your social life and relationships, and even your emotional health.  When temperatures rise, the sweat glands kick in to produce more sweat.  It can be due to fever, nervousness, from exercising or it may simply be hot outside. 
While we all sweat, sometimes excessive sweating can be a problem.  So, how do you know when sweat is normal and when it is not? The amount of sweat considered normal is variable and depends on the demands of the body. At Integrated Dermatology in Boynton Beach, excessive sweating can be easily managed and treated.
On average, people sweat less than a liter, or up to several liters a day, based on what they are doing.  If you are exercising or doing manual labor in a hot climate, expect to sweat a lot—it’s normal. Excessive sweating in Boynton Beach, on the other hand, may require medical attention from Integrated Dermatology. Before seeking treatment, let’s determine if you suffer from excessive sweating or if it is simply “normal” sweating. 

Let’s Start with the Basics

Residents of Boynton Beach: what is excessive sweating? Also known as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating means you sweat more than your body needs you to sweat.  For instance, if you sweat while sitting calmly at your desk, it is considered excessive sweating. If you suffer from excessive sweating, your body’s ability to cool itself is so overactive that it produces four or five times the amount of sweat that you need.
Underarm problems tend to begin during puberty, while palm and sole sweating may begin earlier, often during childhood. If untreated, these problems may continue throughout your life.  Uncontrollable sweating is embarrassing, but with proper help from Integrated Dermatology in Boynton Beach, excessive sweating can be maintained.

When Should You Visit Integrated Dermatology?

If you are concerned about your excessive sweating, visit Integrated Dermatology where one of our Boynton Beach dermatologists can help. Please visit our office when experiencing the following symptoms:
  • Does your underarm sweat make you feel embarrassed?
  • Does underarm sweat interfere with your daily activities?
  • Do you frequently apply antiperspirant?
  • Do you worry someone will notice your sweat stains?
  • Do you change your clothes more than once a day due to underarm sweat?
  • Do you wear fabrics, colors and styles of clothes that do not show sweat easily?
  • Are you frustrated over constantly ruining clothes?
Even if you are not experiencing these symptoms, talk to a member of Integrated Dermatology in Boynton Beach if excessive sweating is bothering you or interfering with your life.  Remember to bring along a list of the medicines you currently take, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements as they may be contributing to how much you sweat.
Don’t let excessive sweating take control of your life.  Visit us at Integrated Dermatology for proper treatment.