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.
You might be surprised to discover that some of the most innocuous habits could actually be aging you. Preventing fine lines and wrinkles is certainly easier than trying to treat them once they form. While wrinkles are a normal part of life and aging, there are things you can do each and everyday to keep your skin looking young and healthy so you can knock a few years off your age and people will be none the wiser.
Wearing sunscreen each and every day without fail is probably one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Not only does exposing skin to the sun’s rays cause sun damage and increase your risk for skin cancer, it can also cause premature lines and wrinkles. To protect your skin from the sun, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day (even in the winter and on cloudy days).
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is so very important and yet not enough of us get quality sleep every night. Nights of tossing and turning won’t just leave you grumpy, tired and mentally foggy, it can also lead to wrinkles. That’s because a lack of sleep can actually accelerate the signs of aging and can also affect the skin’s ability to repair itself every night. Most adults require anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Are you getting your beauty sleep?
Did you know that as many as 75 percent of US adults suffer from chronic dehydration? This statistic is startlingly and could have a serious impact not just on your health but also on the health and appearance of your skin. If like most people you aren’t getting more than 2.5 cups of water a day, it’s important that you up your water intake to at least 8 8-ounce glasses per day (and even more if you’re active). Staying hydrated keeps the skin looking plump and radiant (and who doesn’t want that?).
Keep Skin Moisturized
Dry skin can also leave you prone to those early signs of aging, so it’s important that you keep skin supple and hydrated. Everyone should use a moisturizer every day, which can improve skin’s glow and also reduce the appearance of facial lines. Those dealing with more severe dry skin may need to turn to their dermatologist for more intense moisturizers.
Sleep on Your Back
If you find yourself snuggling with your pillow night after night you may soon notice fine lines developing on your face as a result. Just changing your sleep position alone can easily prevent these “sleep wrinkles”. If you want to reduce wrinkles on your face avoid sleeping on your side or stomach and sleep on your back instead.
Of course, a dermatologist offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments that can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. From Botox and dermal fillers to customized facials, laser treatments and chemical peels, there are many options out there to help you achieve a younger appearance. Talk to your dermatologist today about ways to prevent and treat wrinkles.
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