Skin Cancer and Melanoma Detection – a Dermatologist’s Perspective;

Dermatologists like myself have long known that a large percentage of lives are saved from melanoma not by a nurse or doctor, but by a concerned family member who inspects his or her loved ones, and detects a mole that has changed. You could call this person the sentinel for changes in moles: just like a meerkat at the zoo, this person may detect a mole that has turned malignant or “gone sour” in a very early stage. Years ago, we Dermatologists taught patients that certain people were at “high risk” of skin cancer, namely redheads and those who love the sun or have a history of severe sunburns. Certain people were considered “low risk:” those who wear sunscreen, avoid the sun and tanning sal

Healthy Hair Ideas from a Dermatologist

Achieving healthy hair depends upon having a healthy scalp, because our hair arises in skin glands called hair follicles. Scalp conditions can cause itching, scaling, flaking, and even hair loss or alopecia. Fortunately, in 2020 Dermatologists like myself have many effective therapies to help improve scalp conditions. So let’s take a look at some of the more common causes, and their therapies: Seborrheic dermatitis is a type of scalp eczema or dermatitis causing redness, itching and burning, dandruff, and sometimes even hair loss or alopecia. Many Dermatologists feel that seborrheic dermatitis is due to a type of scalp yeast infection, so we can often manage it with antifungal shampoos and p

What Dermatologists Do About Cysts

If you or a family member has a new nodule in your skin, now’s a good time to get the lesion diagnosed by a Dermatologist, because it could be what’s called a cyst, the result of a skin infection. Let’s take a look at why it’s important to get cysts managed, from my perspective as a Dermatologist in Cordova, Tennessee. First: What is a cyst? A cyst, or sebaceous or pilar or epid meral or epidermoid cyst, happens because the body either expels that infected gland to the skin surface, causing an abscess or boil, or contains that infection, by building a type of cyst sack around it. The result is a skin nodule. The problem is that this cyst sack is at risk of leakage or rupture if it gets trau

Straight Talk on Warts (HPV)-From a Dermatologist;

Warts – or “verrucae vulgares” – are important skin problems now known to be due to a viral infection in the skin. This viral origin means that warts are contagious: they can spread within families and through shared spaces like locker rooms. Certain strains of warts are what are called oncogenic, meaning that they can later develop into types of squamous cell skin cancer. ' Here’s some straight talk on warts, with my having practiced Dermatology for the last 29 years: First, Benjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Good skin hygiene is key in cutting down your risk of contracting warts: frequent hand (and foot) washing, avoiding sharing socks or shoes,

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