My Blog

Posts for: November, 2020

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.