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The Gross Truth About Impetigo

The Gross Truth About Impetigo

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that is contagious and commonly affects children, but it can occur at any age. This infection can spread easily among children in close contact, such as in schools and daycare centers. If you suspect that you or your child has impetigo, it is essential to seek medical attention from a dermatologist who can diagnose and treat the condition.

The symptoms of impetigo are red sores or blisters that appear on the face, neck, hands, and other areas of the body. The sores may burst and develop yellow-colored crusts that can be itchy and uncomfortable. Impetigo can also cause swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the affected area. In severe cases, impetigo can cause fever and chills.

Antibiotics are the most common treatment for impetigo, either applied topically or taken orally. The type of antibiotic prescribed will depend on the severity of the infection and other factors. Completing the full course of antibiotics is crucial, even if the symptoms improve or disappear, to prevent the infection from recurring.

Aside from the treatments mentioned above, it is important to take measures to prevent the spread of impetigo. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Keep the affected areas clean: Clean the affected areas with soap and water regularly. This can help remove the crusts and prevent the bacteria from spreading.
  • Avoid touching the affected areas: Try to avoid touching the affected areas as much as possible. If you do touch them, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Cover the affected areas: Cover the affected areas with a clean, dry bandage or gauze to prevent the spread of the bacteria to other parts of your body or to other people.
  • Don’t share personal items: Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, or bedding with others, as this can spread the bacteria.
  • Practice good hygiene: Good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands regularly, can help prevent the spread of impetigo and other infections.

If you suspect that you or someone in your family has impetigo, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. A dermatologist can help diagnose and treat impetigo, as well as provide guidance on how to prevent its spread. With prompt and effective treatment, most cases of impetigo can be resolved within a few weeks. Make an appointment with Dr. Neily Board Certified dermatologist today.

Worried About Warts?

Worried About Warts?

Warts are benign growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can occur on any part of the body, but most commonly appear on the hands, feet, and face. Warts can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or surface.

Common causes of warts include a weakened immune system and skin damage such as cuts, abrasions, or cracks. There are several types of warts including common warts, plantar warts, flat warts, filiform warts, and genital warts. Symptoms of warts can include small, rough growths on the skin, discoloration, tenderness, itching, and irritation.

Various treatments are available for warts, including over-the-counter medications containing salicylic acid, prescription medications like imiquimod cream, cantharidin, podophyllin, or retinoid cream, as well as surgical removal, laser treatment, freezing or burning by a doctor or dermatologist. To prevent warts, avoid direct contact with infected skin or surfaces, keep the skin clean and dry, avoid picking at warts, wear protective footwear in public places, and strengthen your immune system by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

If you suspect that you have a wart or are experiencing any of the associated symptoms, consult with a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Neily, who can provide a proper diagnosis and recommend the best treatment options for your individual needs. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

The Importance of Regular Skin Cancer Checks

The Importance of Regular Skin Cancer Checks

Skin cancer is a pervasive problem in the US, with millions of people being affected by it each year. Detecting and treating it early is crucial to its management, which is why regular skin cancer checks with a dermatologist are vital.

A skin cancer check is a non-invasive examination that can identify early signs of skin cancer. During the checkup, a dermatologist will assess the entire body, including the scalp, nails, and the spaces between the toes and fingers. They will look for any abnormal spots, moles, or freckles on your skin.

To identify any suspicious areas, the dermatologist will evaluate the size, shape, color, and texture of each spot on your skin. They may also use a dermatoscope, a device that illuminates and magnifies the skin to examine any unusual spots in greater detail. They will ask about any symptoms, such as itching, pain, or bleeding, that you may be experiencing. The doctor will also ask about your medical history and any family history of skin cancer to determine your risk level for skin cancer.

If the dermatologist detects any suspicious areas, they may suggest a skin biopsy. There are various types of skin biopsies available, such as shave biopsies, punch biopsies, and excisional biopsies, depending on the size and location of the questionable region. It is critical to keep in mind that early detection is crucial for skin cancer, so do not hesitate to contact us at Coast Dermatology and Skin cancer Center if you have any concerns or notice any changes in your skin. Book an appointment with Dr. Neily, a Mohs Micrographic Surgeon, for a skin cancer check today.

Bask in the Fun, Not the Sun

Bask in the Fun, Not the Sun

Summertime is a wonderful season to bask in the sun and relax, but the sun’s intensity also heightens. While most people appreciate a sun-kissed glow, exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause severe skin damage like sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. As a matter of fact, skin cancer is the most frequent form of cancer diagnosed in the United States, with over 9,000 cases every day. The good news is that it is easy to take a few steps to protect yourself from the sun and maintain a healthy and radiant complexion throughout the year.

Tip #1: Wear Protective Clothing
One of the most efficient methods to safeguard your skin from the sun is to cover up. Put on long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats to shield your skin from direct sunlight. Furthermore, look for clothing with built-in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) to provide more extensive protection from harmful rays.

Tip #2: Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a necessary element of sun protection. It is recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating. Remember to apply sunscreen to commonly neglected areas such as your ears, hands, and feet.

Tip #3: Find Shade
Seeking shade is a simple yet effective way to shield yourself from the sun. Refrain from spending time outdoors during the hours when the sun is at its peak, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When outside, search for a shaded area, such as under a tree or umbrella, to reduce your exposure to UV rays.

Tip #4: Be Aware of Reflective Surfaces
Reflective surfaces such as water, sand, and snow can increase your exposure to UV rays. When spending time near these surfaces, be sure to take extra precautions by wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen, and finding shade.

Tip #5: Protect Your Eyes
UV rays can cause damage to your eyes as well as your skin. Guard your eyes by wearing sunglasses with UV protection. This will not only protect your eyes from harmful rays but also help reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye conditions.

Shielding yourself from the sun is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and reducing the risk of skin cancer. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy all the benefits of the sun without putting your health at risk. Remember, prevention is crucial, so make sure to protect your skin from the sun every day. Schedule your next skin cancer check with Dr. Neily at Coast Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today!

Mole Patrol

Mole Patrol

Moles are a type of skin growth that is common in many people. They are formed by clusters of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Although most moles are harmless, it is important to know the different types and be aware of any changes to them. Moles generally appear as a single shade of color, ranging from beige to dark brown, and have a well-defined border. However, moles can develop during any stage of life and may darken with sun exposure or hormonal changes.

There are several types of moles, including:

  • Junctional nevus: These moles are typically round or oval with a flat surface and can appear at any age.
  • Compound nevus: These moles have a raised surface and are brown in color.
  • Dermal nevus: These moles are usually skin-colored and have a raised surface.
  • Blue nevus: These moles are typically blue or blue-gray and can appear anywhere on the body.
  • Halo nevus: These moles are surrounded by a white ring or halo and can appear at any age.

It is important to monitor any changes to moles, as this can indicate skin cancer. Signs of concern include:

  • A mole that changes color, shape or size
  • A mole that is larger than a pencil eraser
  • A mole that is asymmetrical or has an irregular border
  • A mole that is itchy or painful
  • A mole that bleeds or oozes

If a mole is causing discomfort or there is a risk of skin cancer, it may need to be removed by a dermatologist. Depending on the type of mole, the dermatologist may use surgical excision, laser surgery or shave removal.

Protecting your skin from sun damage is an important step in preventing skin cancer. Here are some tips to reduce exposure to the sun:

  • Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and hats
  • Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to all exposed skin
  • Limit time in the sun, especially during peak hours
  • Avoid tanning beds

Overall, it is important to be aware of any changes to moles and take steps to protect your skin from the sun. If you have concerns about a mole or notice any changes, consult with Dr. Neily Venice Board Certified dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

The safety of our employees, their families and patients impacted by Hurricane Ian continues to be our primary concern, and our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone affected by the storm.

Our Coast Venice office will be closed tomorrow 10/6.