Worried about skin cancer? Skin cancer is a disease in which the skin cells grow out of control. It comes in three major types: squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Other less common types of skin cancer include Kaposi sarcoma and actinic keratosis. Led by Dr. Anthony Dee, Dermatologic Center for Excellence (located in Clarence, NY) offers cancer screenings to their Buffalo area patients. Here are 5 signs that you should visit our office for an examination.
1. A New or Changing Mole- People generally think that cancer on the skin comes in a brown color. However, this is not always true. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell are not typically brown. Even melanoma can appear as red or pink. If a mole, spot, or growth is new or changing, show it to a dermatologist—the sooner the better!
2. An Itchy Patch of Skin- Skin with an excessive irritated sensation may be a sign of cancer, for the body’s inflammatory response could be a reaction to abnormal cells making up the skin cancer. If you have itchy skin over a small area, it’s best to bring it to your dermatologist's attention.
3. A Scrape That Won’t Heal- Harmless scrapes can be caused by numerous things. However, a scrape that appears out of nowhere could be a sign of something serious, such as the early stages of basal cell or squamous skin cancer. If a scab or sore persists for one month or longer and doesn't heal as expected, schedule an appointment with our Buffalo office.
4. A Pimple-Like Growth- Most sores turn out to be as harmless as a blemish. However, if a sore is growing, bleeding, and not healing, it may be a sign of skin cancer. If you notice a pimple-like mole or growth that’s reddish in color and mutating, make an appointment with your doctor right away.
5. A Mole That's Fading Away- Another sign of skin cancer is when a brown mole starts to lose its color. A disappearing mole may begin as a flat spot, then get pale, and eventually disappear. Despite the popular belief that a mole has to be changing colors, especially turning dark, to be skin cancer, even a mole that's losing color could be a sign of the condition.
Skin cancer can be serious and sometimes deadly. Annual skin exams are the key to diagnosing the disease at an early stage when it is most easily cured. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence's Buffalo office at (716) 636-DERM (3376) today to schedule your annual skin cancer screening. A skin cancer screening could save your life!
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting adults and teens in the U.S. It can be frustrating dealing with acne, especially as an adult when you thought the days of struggling with acne as a teen were behind you. Fortunately, numerous dermatologic options are available for successfully treating acne. A dermatologist can identify which treatments might be most effective for you. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Anthony Dee is your Buffalo dermatologist for the treatment of acne.
Causes of Acne
Acne can form when the pores become blocked or clogged by sebum, dead skin cells, and other debris. The skin naturally produces sebum, which moisturizes and protects the skin. Sebum is secreted through the hair follicles inside pores. As sebum travels along the hair follicles, it carries away dead skin cells and other debris, which helps keep the pores clean. However, when this process is interrupted, the sebum can become trapped in the pores along with dead skin cells and debris, which can clog the pores and cause acne to form.
Treatments for Acne
Several different methods and options are available for treating acne. Many treatments are applied topically or taken orally, while others involve a simple procedure performed by a dermatologist. Acne treatments can work in different ways. Some treatments work to clear up existing acne, while others work to prevent future breakouts. There are also combination treatments that both clear up existing acne and prevent future occurrences of it. Your Buffalo dermatologist can recommend an appropriate treatment for you. Acne treatments include:
- Oral antibiotics
- Topical antibiotics
- Hormonal treatments
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Laser therapy
- Chemical peels
If you are struggling with acne, help is available. A dermatologist can develop a treatment plan specifically for you. For the treatment of acne by a dermatologist in Buffalo, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dee by calling the Dermatologic Center for Excellence at (716) 636-3376.
Ugh. That red skin bump now seems pus-filled. Located in your armpit, this boil needs treatment, and you need relief. For boils, rashes, and other skin conditions which persist, contact your Buffalo dermatologist, Dr. Anthony S. Dee. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Dee and his professional staff deal with a wide variety of skin conditions. Boils are one of the most common.
What is a boil?
It's a red, raised, itchy tender bump typically associated with a hair follicle or sweat gland in the epidermis ie the topmost layer of the skin. Also called a furuncle, a boil may be infected with Staph aureus, a prevalent bacteria which attacks the skin, particularly in areas of moisture (such as the groin) or if the person is immunosuppressed from diabetes, cancer therapy or other health condition.
When grouped in multiples, furuncles are called carbuncles. These boils are particularly painful as are pilonidal cysts, which are infected boils located in the fold of skin between the buttocks. Other common types of boils include sties, small boils associated with the eyelids and lashes, and hidradenitis suppurativa, which often occur in hairy areas such as the armpits or groin.
What you can do
Many boils are self-limiting, coming to a head within five to seven days. Never squeeze or lance a boil at home, as this can only aggravate the lesion or cause further infection.
Instead, apply warm compresses three times a day for 20 to 30 minutes each. Once the furuncle opens, says Harvard Health, cover it with a sterile compress (4x4 or larger as needed), and use over the counter antibiotic cream or ointment to combat infection.
If, however, the boil increases in size, discoloration or tenderness, does not resolve within a week, interferes with your ability to move, or you develop a fever, contact your Buffalo dermatologist for an examination. Likely, Dr. Dee will prescribe oral antibiotics and may lance the boil to relieve the pressure.
Professional evaluation and treatment reduce the changes of sepsis, or superinfection, throughout the body. Your skin doctor also expertly lances boils, thus avoiding scar formation.
In the future...
If you seem prone to boil formation, there are steps you can take to prevent them. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends:
- Daily washing and thorough drying of all areas of the skin.
- Using clean razor blades in areas shaved on a regular basis.
- Seeing your skin doctor routinely for skin evaluations and recommendations on how to keep ahead of acne.
- Staying dry by changing clothing, particularly underwear, on hot, humid days.
Do you have a boil?
We can help. At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, Dr. Dee sees and treats numerous boils. He'll set up a treatment plan to take care of yours and to help keep them from returning. For more information or to book an appointment, please call the office at (716) 636-3376. We have early morning hours!
What is a birthmark, and does it need to be removed?
Most people are born with birthmarks, dark blemishes on the skin that can vary in shapes, sizes, and colors. They can even change throughout your lifetime. There are two types of birthmarks, known as vascular and pigmented birthmarks, and our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, is here to tell you more about the different kinds of vascular and pigmented birthmarks, as well as whether or not it’s necessary to have your birthmark checked out.
Types of Pigmented Birthmarks
As you may be able to tell by the name, pigmented birthmarks are markings that can range in color, from light brown to blue or gray. Types of pigmented birthmarks include:
- Congenital moles: these moles are present at birth and can develop skin cancer over time.
- Pigmented moles: these birthmarks may develop together or alone. These moles will get darker in the sun and can be found anywhere on the body.
- Café-au-lait spots: as the name suggests, these birthmarks are usually tan or light brown in color.
- Mongolian spots: these bluish markings often look more like bruises than moles and are often found on the back or buttock.
Types of Vascular Birthmarks
Vascular birthmarks are discolorations of the skin caused by the abnormal growth or development of blood vessels. Types of vascular birthmarks include:
- Nevus simplex (also known as salmon patches): a pink or red patch of skin that is usually small and appears on the face or neck. This is very common in newborns.
- Strawberry hemangioma: a raised, bright red marking that is usually found on the face, chest, or back. This type of birthmark is rare but in some cases, this birthmark can potentially affect organs in the body and lead to serious health risks.
- Nevus flammeus (also known as port-wine stains): another rare birthmark, the port-wine stain is usually dark red or purple in appearance and often appears on the face or neck.
When to See a Dermatologist
Everyone should visit their skin doctor in Buffalo at least once a year for screenings to look for changes or potential warning signs of skin cancer and other possible skin issues. If you have a congenital mole, it is possible that this mole could develop skin cancer at some point, so it’s important to keep an eye on it for any changes.
Of course, if the birthmark is in a location that affects vision or hearing it’s important to talk to your dermatologist about surgical removal options. If your child was born with a vascular birthmark a pediatrician will tell you whether a dermatological specialist should check it out.
Whether you are interested in having a birthmark removed or you just want to schedule a routine checkup, call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, to book an appointment with us.
Dry skin is a common condition which can affect anyone. However, if your dry skin is also inflamed and rough, it could be eczema, a skin condition causing itchy, dry patches of skin. Diagnosing and treating eczema is easy with help from your dermatologist. Find out more about eczema and how your doctor can help with Dr. Anthony Dee at Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition which causes dry, flaky, and itchy patches of skin. This condition occurs often in children but can appear at any age. According to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million people in America suffer from eczema. While there are different types of eczema, the condition overall is very common and, in most cases, treatable with help from your dermatologist.
Do I have eczema?
Eczema is not contagious, meaning it does not transfer from person to person. Doctors are unsure of the exact cause of eczema, but believe it to be related to the environment around your skin and the genetics behind the type of skin you inherit from your parents. Symptoms of eczema include itchy, dry, sensitive skin which may appear flaky or scaly. More serious cases may produce symptoms like very itchy skin and oozing, crusted, and swollen areas of skin. You may have only one or all of these symptoms depending on the type of eczema you have and its severity.
How will my doctor treat my eczema?
Your doctor cannot cure eczema, but they can help you manage it with certain treatments. In some cases, over-the-counter ointments are enough to keep eczema’s symptoms at bay. However, prescription medications, immunosuppressants, and other natural or organic treatments can also help. Avoiding triggers which could “set off” your eczema and finding a skin care routine that works for you can help prevent outbreaks.
Eczema in Buffalo, NY
If you think you have eczema and it affects your life in a negative way, you should consult with your dermatologist to determine the best course of treatment for you and your skin. For more information on eczema, please contact Dr. Dee at Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY. Call (716) 636-DERM (3376) to speak with an association about your next dermatological examination today!
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