Here’s what you should know about moles and warts.
Are you wondering whether you should be concerned about your mole or wart? Wondering whether you should turn to our Port Charlotte, FL, dermatologist for cosmetic removal? While these are two very common skin growths it’s important to understand that they are also very different. Warts are benign skin-colored growths that are usually harmless (but can be an esthetic nuisance if they develop on the face or feet); however, moles have the ability to turn cancerous over time.
Everyone has moles, pigmented growths that can develop anyone on the body or face. In fact, most people have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles by the time they reach adulthood. While most moles are benign it’s also important to keep an eye on them to look for signs of skin cancer. It’s important to see your Port Charlotte, FL, dermatologist once a year for a routine skin cancer screening, but it’s also just as important that you see a doctor if a mole changes in appearance.
Warning signs of a cancerous mole include,
- An asymmetrical mole (when one half doesn’t match the exact shape and size of the other half of the mole)
- An irregular, poorly defined, or blurry border
- A mole that is multiple colors
- Growths that are larger than a pencil eraser in diameter
- Moles that crust, bleed, ooze, or grow larger
If you notice any of these changes, it’s important to call your dermatologist as soon as possible.
Warts are painless skin-colored bumps caused by an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Since warts are harmless, they don’t usually require treatment. However, it can take years for warts to go away on their own, so you may choose to see our dermatologist have warts removed. This is often the case if warts are in an awkward or uncomfortable area such as the face, bra line, or soles of the feet. There are several ways to remove warts, but the most common method is cryotherapy (freezing the wart off).
Turning to The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL for Wart or Mole Removal
If you are concerned about a changing mole or an uncomfortable wart, The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL can provide you with the treatment you need to have the growth removed. Dr. Chiarello has over 47 years of experience and has trained with some of the world’s best dermatology experts, so you know you’re in good hands when it comes to undergoing cosmetic removal of your moles or warts at our Port Charlotte, FL, practice.
The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte is proud to provide a full range of dermatology services including cosmetic removal of moles and warts for patients of all ages.
If you have concerns about a changing mole or a wart, call our office today at (941) 625-2878.
A rash is a temporary skin discoloration or eruption that’s typically swollen or inflamed. Rashes come in various levels of severity and forms and could persist for days, weeks, or even months. Common causes usually include allergic reactions, infections, local irritants, poisonous plants, and autoimmune disorders. While rashes are easily recognizable, they’re not the same, and they differ in timing, appearance, duration, and location.
A thorough evaluation by Dr. Stephen Chiarello here at The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte, FL, can determine the cause of your rashes. But as with all health conditions, prevention is always better than a cure. In this light, here’s how you can prevent rashes from developing.
Simple Tips for Rash Prevention
The prevention measures will depend on what’s causing your rashes:
- Allergic Reactions. Avoid particular foods, medications, or skincare items that you’re allergic to. If you suspect that you’re allergic to anything, consult your doctor right away. You may need to do allergy testing and desensitization therapy. If bees trigger a life-threatening reaction, make sure to always carry a sting kit that comes with emergency medicine to prevent potentially fatal reactions.
- Local Irritants. If you’re sensitive to certain chemicals in cleaning items, switch to products that don’t have perfumes and dyes. If you are sensitive to cosmetics, opt for hypoallergenic products with no fragrance or irritating preservatives. If you’re having issues with diaper rash, change the diaper right away and ensure that your baby’s bottom is dry and clean before putting on a fresh diaper.
- Always make certain that your family is up-to-date with your routine vaccinations. Wash your hands and take a bath regularly. Likewise, refrain from sharing personal grooming products and clothes.
- Poisonous Plants. You should know how to recognize common poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak. When doing yard work or hiking in the woods, always protect your legs and arms by wearing long pants and long-sleeved tops.
When to Get Professional Help for Your Rash
Obtain emergency medical help if you start having breathing difficulties or develop confusion, hives, nausea, a rapid pulse, or fever, as these could signal a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Likewise, set an appointment with your dermatologist here at Port Charlotte, FL, if your rashes:
- Persist for more than a week
- Show warning signs of infection such as swelling, redness, or oozing
- Happen alongside swollen glands, chills, fever, and other infection symptoms such as a headache, sore throat, cough, and nasal congestion, among others
- Occur with signs that indicate an autoimmune condition like sudden weight loss, malaise, recurring fever, joint swelling, and fatigue
Contact Us For More Questions, Information, or Advice on Rashes
Book a consultation with Dr. Stephen Chiarello here at The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte, FL, by calling (941) 625-2878.
Skin cancer is the most frequent type of cancer among Americans, reports the CDC. Fortunately, you can prevent it, and early detection affects cures. In Port Charlotte, FL, Dr. Stephen Chiarello performs skin cancer surgeries, and he and his staff at The Dermatology and Skin Care Center of SW FL show people excellent prevention strategies.
Detect and prevent
The Skin Cancer Foundation says that knowledge about these malignancies gives patients the power to prevent and detect them in their earliest, and most curable, stages. This philosophy applies to all skin cancers, including the most common kinds: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.
While BCC and SCC stay localized and do not spread, they can be disfiguring and cause serious health problems. Melanoma is known for its spread to other bodily organs and for its high mortality rate in advanced cases.
So, detect and prevent to keep your skin--and your overall health--vibrant.
Detecting skin cancer
Along with the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Chiarello recommends his Port Charlotte patients follow these early detection practices to avoid a skin cancer diagnosis and surgery:
- Come to the office once a year for a total skin exam beginning at age 40.
- Do a self-exam at home once a month, looking for changes in skin color and texture and in the number of moles (most people have about 50).
- Report any concerning areas to your skin doctor right away, particularly if you have a spot which is slow to heal, itches, oozes, hurts or bleeds.
Also, use this memory jogger to examine your existing moles:
- A for asymmetry. Moles should be similar in size and shape on each half.
- B for border. Healthy moles have well-defined, smooth edges (no notches or scallops).
- C for color. Moles are brown, black or beige. Suspicious moles are multi-colored.
- D for diameter. This measurement should not change; healthy moles are about the size of a pencil-top eraser or smaller.
- E for evolution. Your moles should look the same indefinitely.
Preventing skin cancer
The culprit is the sun and its UV radiation. So, we must limit how much our skin absorbs on a daily basis and cumulatively over a life time. Additionally, no one should use artificial tanning beds, another source of excessive UV radiation exposure.
Here's how you can help yourself and your loved ones avoid skin cancer:
- Wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and re-apply it every two hours.
- Cover-up in the sun with long-sleeves and a broad-brimmed hat.
- Stay indoors during peak sun hours of 10 am to 2 pm.
- Seek shade, and wear sunglasses.
- Keep babies and small children in the shade, too.
It's your skin
Take care of it. In Port Charlotte, The Dermatology and Skin Care Center of SW FL, your highly skilled dermatologist is Dr. Stephen Chiarello. Avoid skin cancer surgery. Book your annual skin exam with him now. Have healthy skin for life. Phone (941) 625-2878.
Getting a facial can certainly feel like a luxurious, relaxing, and pampering experience but did you know that a facial could also provide your skin with some amazing health benefits? Not only does turning to a dermatologist ensure that you get quality and comprehensive care to treat everything from sun damage to acne, but also a dermatologist has the knowledge, skills, and tools to be able to provide customized facials that can target and treat common skin problems.
A facial offers the skin a variety of benefits including:
- Deep cleaning
- Hydration and moisturizing
A facial can also be tailored to your skin type and the concerns or dermatological issues you are worried about. A facial can be used to treat:
- Redness and uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dry, dull and flaky skin
- Acne-prone skin
- Sun damage
- Enlarged pores
One facial won’t be able to address all skin issues you may have, but our dermatological team can work with you to create a customized facial and treatment plan that will be able to treat any and all problems you’re concerned about.
The products that we use during your facial will also depend on the results you’re hoping to achieve. For example, certain enzyme peels and products with glycolic acid can help to remove dead skin cells to produce fresh, radiant skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have questions about the different products we use and their ingredients, or if you have any allergies, it’s important to discuss this first with your skin doctor.
Getting regular facials can be a great way to keep skin looking and feeling its best, and it should be a normal part of most people’s skincare routines. Along with keeping skin clean and hydrated, facials can also target problem areas when they arise. Have questions about facials? Ask your dermatologist today.
With the warmer months just around the corner you may be getting ready to plan some fun in the sun. The summertime always finds children spending hours outside playing, as well as beach-filled family vacations, backyard barbeques, and more days just spent soaking up some much-needed vitamin D.
While it can certainly be great for our emotional and mental well-being to go outside, it’s also important that we are protecting our skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. These are some habits to follow all year long to protect against skin cancer,
Wear Sunscreen Daily
Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that your skin isn’t being exposed to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. The sun’s rays have the ability to penetrate through clouds. So it’s important that you generously apply sunscreen to the body and face about 30 minutes before going outside.
Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that also protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Everyone should use sunscreen, even infants. Just one sunburn during your lifetime can greatly increase your risk for developing skin cancer, so always remember to lather up!
Reapply Sunscreen Often
If you are planning to be outdoors for a few hours you’ll want to bring your sunscreen with you. After all, one application won’t be enough to protect you all day long. A good rule of the thumb to follow is, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Of course, you’ll also want to apply sunscreen even sooner if you’ve just spent time swimming or if you’ve been sweating a lot (e.g. running a race or playing outdoor sports).
Seek Shade During the Day
While feeling the warm rays of the sun on your shoulders can certainly feel nice, the sun’s rays are at their most powerful and most dangerous during the hours of 10am-4pm. If you plan to be outdoors during these times it’s best to seek shady spots. This means enjoying lunch outside while under a wide awning or sitting on the beach under an umbrella. Even these simple measures can reduce your risk for skin cancer.
See a Dermatologist
Regardless of whether you are fair skinned, have a family history of skin cancer or you don’t have any risk factors, it’s important that everyone visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening. This physical examination will allow our skin doctor to be able to examine every growth and mole from head to toe to look for any early signs of cancer. These screenings can help us catch skin cancer early on when it’s treatable.
Noticing changes in one of your moles? Need to schedule your next annual skin cancer screening? If so, a dermatologist will be able to provide you with the proper care you need to prevent, diagnose and treat both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
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