Blog Talk: Integrated Dermatology
Posts for tag: Skin Cancer
By Integrated Dermatology
July 10, 2014
As we get older, concerns about our skin become more prevalent. As children, worries about acne, wrinkles, and even certain skin diseases weren’t ever on our minds. As adults, we realize how just how important it is to care for our skin, and oftentimes, we realize we should have been taking better care of our skin long ago. Physician Assistant Kristen Hafner offers advice on how to help your child get an early start on preventative skin care.
Skin Care for Toddlers
It’s never too early to practice good hygiene. In fact, small children often have skin that is more sensitive than most adults’. Only gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and soaps should be used on toddlers. After bathing or swimming, be sure to apply non-scented lotion or other moisturizer to prevent dry skin or rashes from developing.
Summer Skin Care
In the summer especially, sun exposure can be traumatizing to your child’s skin. Practicing a strict UV ray-protection regimen will help prevent uncomfortable sunburn and even future skin diseases. Elements of this sun-protection routine include:
- Regular use of a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
- Reapplication of sunscreen every two hours, regardless of cloud cover, and especially after swimming or strenuous physical activity
- Wearing protective clothing (long-sleeved shirt, pants, hat, sunglasses, etc.)
- Seeking shade often, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the most intense
- Using extra caution in the presence of natural elements that reflect UV rays, increasing the chances of sunburn (i.e. water, snow, sand)
Keep the Bugs Away
Summer is also a time to be on the lookout for bugs—especially the ones that bite. The most common bug bites in the Boynton Beach, FL area are from fleas, mosquitoes, wasps, and bees. Some bug bites can cause bacterial infections like impetigo. Impetigo is highly contagious, and young children are particularly susceptible to contracting it. To avoid bug bites, apply an insect repellent with permethrin or DEET (only if the concentration is less than 10% DEET, and never apply on babies younger that two months old).
Treating Your Child's Acne
The most common skin condition in the Boynton Beach area is acne. It affects children as well as adults. Unfortunately, there is no immediate cure for this pesky condition, but with the right hygiene routine and medication, many people have been able to stave off unwanted blemishes and painful pimples. At our facilities in West Palm Beach, we offer a number of treatment options to help your child get rid of their acne.
For more information about pediatric dermatology in the Boynton Beach, FL area, call (561) 964-6664 today!
By Integrated Dermatology
December 18, 2013
As 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
- 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.