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By The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL
January 22, 2021
Category: Skin Care

A comprehensive skin examination is a highly effective method for detecting skin cancer. Anyone who observes signs of skin cancer, such as changes in the color or shape of existing moles, should schedule an exam. A yearly examination is recommended for adults over 40 even if there are no signs of skin cancer. Dr. Stephen Chiarello, the skilled dermatologist at The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte can conduct a comprehensive skin examination to check for cancer.

Signs of Skin Cancer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of every five adults in the U.S. will end up developing some type of skin cancer during their lifetime. Further, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the country. One of the best ways to beat skin cancer is to catch it early.

Skin cancer can be detected early by checking your own skin every month and scheduling comprehensive skin examinations whenever you notice suspicious areas on your skin. Signs that skin cancer might be present include:

  • The development of new moles
  • Patches of red or pink scaly lesions
  • Sudden bleeding or itching of moles
  • Sores that continuously heal and re-open
  • Changes in the appearance of existing moles
  • A raised pink or pearly white bump with visible blood vessels
  • Flat scaly scars with blurred edges and a waxy appearance

Comprehensive Skin Examinations

The experienced dermatologist at our office in Port Charlotte performs comprehensive skin examinations to screen for skin cancer. The exams involve a thorough scan of the entire body to look for signs of cancer, such as suspicious growths on the skin. Even areas not regularly exposed to the sun are checked, including the back of the neck, the bottoms of the feet, and in between fingers and toes.

If the doctor identifies suspicious areas, skin samples can be taken for biopsy to determine if cancer cells are present. If so, then different treatment approaches can be discussed. A comprehensive skin examination is a highly effective way to catch skin cancer early when it’s easier to treat. It is best to schedule an exam once a year if you are over 40. A comprehensive skin examination should also be scheduled, regardless of age, if you discover certain changes in your skin that are associated with cancer.

Undergoing a comprehensive skin examination can save your life by leading to the early detection of skin cancer. Additionally, scheduling an exam with Dr. Chiarello every year enables him to identify any changes in the skin since your last visit so potential concerns can be addressed right away. To schedule your comprehensive skin examination, call The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte at (941) 625-2878.

By The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL
November 25, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts   Moles  

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.

Moles

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

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.

By The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL
November 05, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Rashes  

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
  • Worsen
  • 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.

By The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL
September 24, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   Prevention  

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:

  1. Come to the office once a year for a total skin exam beginning at age 40.
  2. 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).
  3. 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:

  1. Wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and re-apply it every two hours.
  2. Cover-up in the sun with long-sleeves and a broad-brimmed hat.
  3. Stay indoors during peak sun hours of 10 am to 2 pm.
  4. Seek shade, and wear sunglasses.
  5. 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.

By The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL
May 14, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Facial Treatments  

FacialsGetting 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
  • Extractions
  • Exfoliation
  • 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
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dry, dull and flaky skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • 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.