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What To Know Before Waxing

For millennium both men and women have used depilation or waxing as a method for removal of unwanted hair. With the rise in popularity of this hair removal technique in the past several years, Windsor Dermatology has a few suggestions about the process. The entire team at Windsor Dermatology understands that beyond a desire for good health, many of our patients consider maintaining the attractive appearance of their skin an essential element of a positive self-image.

If you decide that the Windsor laser hair removal treatment is not for you at the moment, you are still welcome to ask our experts about the option of waxing. If you are in active treatment with one of our experts – or if you have been a patient in treatment for skin disorders in the past – speak with the doctor assigned to your care. A quick question will suffice. “Is it safe now for me to rely upon waxing as a hair removal technique?” Usually the answer will not be complicated. If the answer is, “No,” then ask about an alternative method of hair removal that is appropriate for your age group and skin.

If you decide to seek hair removal service from a salon, follow a simple process before deciding upon a salon. Evaluate the salon with scrutiny just as you would another retailer.

  1. Ask about the credibility of the salon.
  2. Search online for possible complaints against them.
  3. Make a visual inspection of the salon before scheduling an appointment.
  4. Ask about the specific product used for the depilation.
  5. Inform the salon management about skin allergies.

Perform basic research about waxing products used by certified professionals. A certified professional will avoid using any waxing product that will potentially result in an adverse reaction. If the salon management permits, read the “Ingredients” list and make certain that the product does not have contents that might be allergens or toxins to your own body. Remember, the outer layer of skin has millions of pores and these pores could become a pathway for allergens or toxins.

Request that the attendant test the product on a small patch of your upper thigh first. This allows the opportunity to notice negative reactions and become accustomed to the discomfort of hair removal.

Exercise more caution if you have a history of allergic reaction. Avoid the temptation to save money on a hair removal service or a salon’s less costly product. There are many reports in the news about shoppers buying skin care products online to save money and subsequently developing severe reactions to the product. Studies have demonstrated that this is due to overuse or substandard quality control during production. This concern will be alleviated when you choose the Windsor team for your cosmetic and aesthetic treatments. When scheduling an appointment for body areas that are not readily visible, ask the individual performing the hair removal to examine the area for irritated areas prior to beginning the treatment.

Be aware that, waxing strips away not only unwanted hair, but also the skin intended to protect other tissue from invasion of external toxins.  There are three standards of excellence for the waxing hair removal method. Each of these standards are practiced by competent hair removal professionals. The first is a universal concept for in office procedures. The provider will wear disposable exam gloves throughout the procedure. The second is, to avoid excessive repetition of the treatment in a given session. The third is to wait a few weeks between sessions. Waiting a month between sessions provides sufficient time for the epidermis to regenerate. Avoiding excessive repetitions in each session minimizes the possibility of stripping away an unhealthy amount of epidermis.   Feel confident in requesting that the applications be limited per session to no more than twice on a specific site and equally confident in specifying that you prefer to wait at least one month between sessions. These standards are applicable to most cosmetic and aesthetic treatments, but are of particular importance when using depilation as the hair removal process of choice.

The team of skilled experts at Windsor Dermatology are each concerned about the excellence required in the delivery of all of our services, including our hair removal treatments.   We know that you entrust our team of experts with both your health and your appearance. Stop by our office, conveniently located at 59 One Mile Road Extension in East Windsor, New Jersey. Meet our front office team and schedule a preliminary appointment for evaluation. Or first visit our website to become acquainted with our medical staff of board certified physicians, specializing in dermatology. Whether in person, on the phone or through email we look forward to hearing from you and to answer your questions about Windsor Dermatology, our treatment philosophies and our entire line of services.

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Top 8 Tips for Treating Your Child’s Hives

Hives are one of the most common allergic reactions we see in children. Also known by the medical term Urticaria, hives are characterized by an often-sudden outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that join together to form large welts on the body. Hives cause no long-term damage, but can itch, burn, and generally make your child feel uncomfortable.

Hives are almost always a sign of an allergic reaction to any number of things like food, medications, pollen, over-exposure to sun, poisonous plants, or soaps and detergents. Trying to pinpoint the actual allergy can be tricky, but if you happen to know that your child tried a new food, medication, or soap in the short time prior to the outbreak, then there’s a chance that’s the likely culprit and should be avoided.

Hives often go away on their own, but as a dermatology practice with six board-certified dermatologists, we wanted to share simple tips to treat your child’s hives at home.

  1. Give an antihistamine: Over-the-counter antihistamines usually work quickly to reduce itchiness and swelling. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the label.
  2. Apply a cool washcloth: Cool washcloths applied directly to the affected areas of the skin can provide comfort and help reduce swelling.
  3. Reduce scratching: Scratching can cause the hives to spread and may lead to bleeding. Limit scratching by keeping your child’s fingernails short. You may also apply an over-the-counter anti-itch cream directly to the hives. Try to find a cream with pramoxine as the active ingredient.
  4. Soak in oatmeal: Plain oatmeal has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. Add two cups of plain oatmeal and one cup of baking soda to a lukewarm bath and let your child soak for at least 30 minutes a day.
  5. Ice the area: Place an icepack or ice cubes wrapped in a paper towel directly on the hives to numb the itching and greatly reduce swelling and redness.
  6. Use aloe vera: Aloe vera gel is a completely natural remedy with natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help relieve pain, redness, and swelling when applied directly to hives.
  7. Avoid scented products: Use only unscented detergents, soaps, and bath products while your child is recovering from hives. Heavily scented products may aggravate symptoms.
  8. Go green: Everyone knows that green tea has many health benefits, but few may know that its anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great treatment for hives too. You can give your child two to three cups of green tea daily or apply the wet tea bags directly to the hives for faster relief.

No matter what your skin care needs may be, Windsor Dermatology promises to work closely with you to provide a solution tailored to your child’s specific case. We have an excellent team of dermatologists who take pride in their work and strive to offer the highest quality care to all patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy This Summer

Even though there is an abundance of credible sources on the Internet and extensive programs to educate the public about the potential harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays to our skin, there are still thousands of people who dedicate hour after hour of their summer’s leisure time to sitting in direct sunlight and “soaking up rays.” This phenomenon is hinged upon the overall perception of beauty in today’s society. Still, the dermatologists serving patient needs at Windsor Dermatology agree that over exposing one’s skin to harmful rays from the sun can potentially lead to certain types of skin cancer and other progressive skin disorders.

The team at Windsor Dermatology has created a list of helpful tips for protecting your skin this summer based upon decades of professional research and practice. Our suggestions are meant to increase the body’s capacity to regenerate healthy epidermis and prevent skin disease potentially caused by the summer season.

  • Hydrate the body. There are two methods of hydration for the body; internal and external. Be conscious of the body’s need for both. Neglecting one and concentrating on the other will leave some aspect of effective long-term care of the epidermis in need of reinforcement. Drink several glasses of water daily. Select drinks that will restore electrolytes that are lost through perspiration caused by rigorous sport activities on the sand or in the water. When venturing outdoors for the day, include a small spritzer of a hydrating compound that will restore necessary surface elements to the epidermis and work as a compliment to concerted internal hydration efforts. Speak with the team at Windsor before purchasing products formulated to hydrate the epidermis.
  • Choose a dual function moisturizer. With today’s technological and pharmaceutical advances products that both moisturize and protect are available. Become knowledgeable about a few of the factors you need to consider before making a purchase. Why buy a moisturizer lacking SPF when there is a good alternative with at least a minimal SPF value? Ask your dermatologist if your skin would benefit from a moisturizer or topical skin product with a higher SPF value. The use of products with a higher SPF value may also be indicated for those working in professions that require excessive UV ray exposure, such as working as a life guard at an outdoor pool or working as landscaper during the prolonged daylight hours.
  • Swim and lounge indoors. Many facilities offer both an outdoor and indoor pool. When deciding on which aqua-fitness facility to join for the summer, seek one with that alternate option of the indoor pool. A dual featured facility is the best choice. Using the indoor pool at least part of the day will ensure that those harmful UV rays are minimized for the summer.
  • Rinse away chemical residue. Still, there are certain precautions that should be taken when using any public pool. Due to the large number of visitors daily, a public pool requires a different chemical formula to maintain both a healthy PH balance and the cleanliness of the water. Primarily, always leave the pool in time to rinse thoroughly, especially before going to bed. This habit will prevent a buildup of residue that could become an irritant to the epidermis after continuous daily summer water activity.
  • Avoid direct sunlight. It is natural and healthy after the change of the seasons to desire outdoor activities that increase stamina and relieve stress. Nonetheless, the sun always takes its toll, whether through initial burning of the epidermis or the eventual carcinoma. Therefore, it remains essential to minimize UV ray exposure even during those outdoor activities that are not water focused. Whether riding a bicycle or competing in a beach ball tournament, the skin must be protected. Unlike some activities when clothing is of the utmost visual importance, during outdoor summer activities consider wearing a lightweight long sleeve top. Select a gauzy cotton and avoid polyester because it will not permit the skin to breathe and will retain the heat that the body is attempting to shed.
  • Use protective lenses. The Windsor team is up-to-date with current trends in the medical sciences. We strongly suggest that our patients wear sun glasses throughout the year, but especially on cloudless summer days when UV rays bounce off reflective surfaces such as white stone or glass walled skyscrapers. In fact, most informed medical professionals now agree that using a pair of high quality UV blocking glasses will help prevent AMD or what is better known as age-related macular degeneration. While this disease generally presents itself in those at least 70 years of age or more, it is a known fact that the disease like skin cell carcinoma, is progressive and often preventable.
  • Avoid heat stroke. Listen to your body. When out in the sun pushing the body to the limit, it is wise to rest if a wave of fatigue is experienced. Use the rest period to rehydrate the body, pour cool water over the head and torso until the body heat dissipates and reapply those protective moisturizers that have been absorbed or rubbed away while being active. The need for rest periods may increase depending upon activity and age.
  • Lastly, make sure to apply sunscreen generously! We recommend applying sunscreen every day you are outside, reapplying at least once for every hour you are in the sun. This is important even on cloudy days or if you are just walking to and from short distances. A helpful hint is that if you need to ask when your sunscreen expires, you are not using enough of it. When looking for a sunscreen, make sure it offers broad-spectrum protection (to protect against UVA and UVB rays), an SPF of 30 or higher, and that it is water resistant. Remember that your lips can also burn and using a lip balm or lipstick with an SPF of 30 or higher is necessary as well.

There are many negative consequences resulting from continual outdoor summer activity in the sun without protection. So, rather than attempt to alter basic human nature, our Windsor Dermatology team looks to various interventions that can be employed by the patient every day. None of the measures listed above need to be time consuming. Nor does any preventative measure require a bundle of supplies. Still play in the sun, but do so wisely with consistent protection. These methods of protection can be practiced by children and adults alike. And as with other positive reinforcement of good habits, so it is with establishing consistent routines to help prevent skin disease caused by overexposure to UV rays.

The team of Windsor Dermatology experts and all of our employees wish each of you a safe and enjoyable summer. We encourage you to call us or come by the office in East Windsor, NJ if you feel there is a need for an evaluation of the skin due to summer activity stress or seasonal trauma. All of our contact information may be accessed by visiting our company website.

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Molluscum Contagiosum: Scary Name, Simple Treatment

What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum (m. contagiosum) is a big, scary-sounding name for what is actually a relatively harmless virus more commonly known as water warts. The m. contagiosum virus produces small, painless bumps on the skin that are white or pink, firm to the touch, and dome-shaped with a dimple in the middle. These bumps may appear alone or in patches of up to 20 almost anywhere on the body, most commonly on the arms, legs, torso, genitals, face, or abdomen.

Because the skin bumps caused by m. contagiosum have a distinct appearance, your doctor can easily diagnose the infection just by looking at the affected area. Our experienced board certified dermatologists at Windsor wanted to share treatment options if you or your child is diagnosed with this virus.

How is it treated?

  1. contagiosum often goes away without treatment after a few months or a year with no permanent impact. However, you may need treatment if you have:
  • Lesions on your face and neck.
  • A pre-existing skin disease.
  • Serious concerns about spreading the virus.
  • A weakened immune system.

The most effective treatments for m. contagiosum include:

  • Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze each bump.
  • Curettage: A small tool is used to pierce and scrape the bumps away.
  • Laser therapy: A low-powered laser is used to destroy each bump.
  • Topical therapy: Creams containing low concentrations of acids or chemicals are applied to the bumps so they dissolve over time.

Depending on the size and number of bumps you have, you may need multiple treatments over the course of several weeks or months. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe creams or ointments for you to use at home between treatments.

Who’s at risk?

Anyone can get m. contagiosum, but certain groups of people are more likely to become infected than others, including:

  • Children between the ages of 1 and 10.
  • People who live in tropical climates.
  • People with weakened immune systems.
  • People who have atopic dermatitis, a common form of eczema.
  • Athletes who participate in sports such as wrestling or football where skin-to-skin contact is common.

How is it spread?

  1. contagiosum is contagious as long as lesions are visible. You can get it by touching the lesions of an infected person. Children can get the virus during normal play with other children who have the virus. Teens and adults are more likely to become infected through sexual contact with those who have the virus. Plus, you can spread the lesions from one part of your body to the other through excessive scratching.

The virus can survive on surfaces that have been touched by an infected person. So it’s important to never share towels, wash cloths, clothes, sports equipment, hair brushes, razors and other personal items with anyone.

No matter what your skin care needs are, Windsor Dermatology will work with you to provide a solution. We have an excellent team of boardcertified dermatologists who take pride in their work and strive to offer the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Six Simple Tips to Prepare for Botox

Botox has become very popular in the last decade because of its success in reducing facial wrinkles. Botox is actually the brand name of botulinum toxin type A, which can sound dangerous to many people. In fact, botulinum is a powerful neurotoxin, but the type A strain used to make Botox is meticulously purified in a laboratory setting to be 100% free of bacteria. It’s perfectly safe for use as a treatment for maladies such as:

  • Facial wrinkles
  • Severe underarm sweating
  • Uncontrollable blinking
  • Uncontrollable neck and muscle spasms
  • Chronic migraines
  • Overactive bladders

Botox is administered through an injection, which makes it a relatively simple, same-day procedure for patients. As a dermatology practice with six board-certified dermatologists, we wanted to share some simple tips to help you prepare for your future Botox treatment.

  1. Know When Botox is a Definite No.

Please know that Botox is not right for you if any of the following apply:

  • You have a Botox allergy
  • You have an infection at the injection site.
  • You have problems with breathing, swallowing, or bleeding.
  • You have muscle or nerve disorder.
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You recently had surgery or will have surgery soon.
  1. Focus on Less Stress.

Although most Botox appointments are simple and relatively quick, any type of medical appointment can make some people nervous. Make your Botox appointment at a time that is convenient for you and won’t cause you to feel rushed or stressed. If possible, schedule your appointment on a day you don’t have work or many other obligations.

  1. Make Sure You Mention Medications.

Be upfront with your doctor about which medications or supplements you are taking because some medications may cause harmful side effects if combined with Botox. Definitely tell your doctor if you take any of the following:

  • Blood thinners
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Sleeping aids
  • Allergy medications
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • John’s Wort
  • Vitamin E
  • Fish or Omega-3 oils
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginseng
  1. Stop Smoking Cigarettes.

Smoking before a Botox appointment can increase your risk of bruising from the injection and interfere with healing. Tell your doctor if you smoke and ask how long you should avoid cigarettes before the treatment.

  1. Carefully Cleanse Your Skin.

Your skin needs to be free of dirt, moisturizers, or cosmetics before your treatment. Wash your face thoroughly with a mild soap or cleanser and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a soft, dry towel.

  1. Apply Arnica.

This isn’t a “must do” but if you’re especially prone to bruising, then arnica cream can help reduce the risk of bruises developing at the injection sites. Talk to your doctor about how to properly apply arnica cream for best results.

No matter what your skin care needs are, Windsor Dermatology will work with you to provide a solution. We have an excellent team of six board-certified dermatologists who take pride in their work and strive to offer the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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A Skin Check Can Save Your Life

Have you ever looked at your skin and noticed an abnormally shaped mole that was not previously there? Spotting an irregularity can mean possibly saving your life from skin cancer. If you have any reason to question the changing growth’s effect on your health or wellbeing, then you should have it checked out by a professional right away. Of course not all abnormal skin growths are cancerous, but it is better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this.

Although there are many types of skin cancer, Melanoma is one of the most dangerous due to its quick ability to spread throughout the body. Melanoma has been scientifically proven as one of the fastest growing cancers. It invades underlying tissues and spreads to organs with far greater speed than a basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. While there is extensive information available to the public about prevention and screening, there is less momentum among the public to be screened for skin cancers when they don’t understand how serious they can be. The fact is that melanoma grows quickly and is a very invasive cancer. The most recent statistics available from the American Cancer Society reveal that about 87,110 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed in 2017 and that abut 9,730 people are expected to die from it.

One of the methods promoted across the medical profession is patient screening through an annual skin check, which we suggest making part of your health maintenance regimen. Your first visit would involve a visual examination of the epidermis, where you should mention to your dermatologist any growths you may have found abnormal. While the appointment and the examination do not prevent skin cancers, early detection can prevent the need for extensive or multiple treatments to eradicate the cancer in the future. Early detection coupled with today’s treatment methods could potentially stop the cancer from spreading to vital organs. This fact alone is one of the best motivators for your annual skin check.

Common things to look out for when checking moles, blemishes, lumps, sores and other various markings on your skin are changes in size, shape, or color. Changes can also include irritation or swelling. Each marking is different and it is important to talk to your doctor about each finding. Also, if a skin growth that has been present even from birth, suddenly begins to change, schedule an appointment to discuss the changes.

The most frequent areas to develop a cancerous growth are those areas of the body that have received excessive exposure to damaging UV rays. Although the risk for melanoma increases as you age, there is still a high risk for younger people, even those under 30 years old. Melanoma rates have been rising for the past 30 years and will most likely continue to increase. This is another reason the experts at Windsor Dermatology urge the public to have a yearly skin check. The time spent scheduling and going to your annual skin check is surely worth it. If a growth is discovered, your dermatologist will ask to take a biopsy or small skin sample of the growth to analyze for the presence of cancerous cells.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Q&A with Dr. Simon

Dr. Jessica Simon is one of six board certified dermatologists at Windsor Dermatology. She is double board certified in dermatology as well as pediatric dermatology. Dr. Simon is an active member of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the Society of Pediatric Dermatology. In her free time, Dr. Simon enjoys running, singing, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

We sat down with Dr. Simon to ask her some questions regarding her experience as a dermatologist.

What is your favorite thing about working at Windsor Dermatology?

Most importantly, Windsor Dermatology provides a warm and supportive environment to work in and my colleagues and staff members have become like a second family. This practice also emphasizes quality patient care, which has always been my top priority. Finally, every dermatologist here has developed their own niche within the field of dermatology, which compliments the others very nicely.

How has the practice changed since you have started working here?

We have become more pediatric centric having a pediatric dermatologist on board. We also have started to become involved with more pediatric clinical trials.

How do you recommend children stay safe this summer?

I cannot emphasize the importance of sun protection. This not only includes use of sunscreen, but also wide-brim hats, sunglasses, long-sleeve shirts and pants and UV protective clothing, and staying under the shade when possible. Avoid activities outside when the sun is the strongest between the hours of 10am to 2pm. In terms of sunscreen, use a broad spectrum sunblock with spf 30 or greater and reapply every 2 hours.

What are your tips for treating poison ivy?

Those who are exposed should wash thoroughly with soap and water and as rapidly as possible, preferably between 5-10 mins of exposure. If the poison ivy oil is not removed shortly after exposure, it may be transmitted by fingers to other parts of the body. We also recommend to change clothing and to wash contaminated shoes and clothing with soap and water. Treatment of mild poison ivy dermatitis can be achieved with calamine lotion and cool compresses. If severe or persistent, go to a local dermatologist or pediatrician for a topical steroid, and antihistamines by mouth may also be prescribed. In most severe conditions or if involves the entire body, then oral steroids may be prescribed.

What is the latest update in pediatric dermatology?

There are many updates! One that I find particularly interesting is the utility of melatonin in facilitating sleep in children with atopic dermatitis. In recent studies, melatonin has been shown to have sleep-inducing and anti-inflammatory properties. One of parents’ most common complaints is that their child (and as a result their parents) are not getting enough sleep at night. Aside from topical steroids, our first line treatment for this is anti-histamines. Many parents, however, are reluctant to use anti-histamines, and melatonin may be used as a safe alternative.

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Psoriasis Tips for Summer

Psoriasis impacts about 7.5 million Americans. Did you know that no cases of psoriasis are exactly alike? Triggers for flare ups can vary greatly from patient to patient. Some patients will find that the increased sunlight and humidity levels will help keep their flare ups at bay. While others, might be hypersensitive to ultraviolet radiation.

As a dermatology practice that specializes in treating psoriasis, we wanted to provide as many tips as possible to assuage a surprise inflammation.

Protect your skin in the sun. Is your psoriasis sensitive to sun? If so, phototherapy is a treatment that is used in more severe cases. It is crucial that you constantly apply sunscreen when outside. A small sunburn can lead to a psoriasis flare up.

Sweat can be a trigger. Excessively sweating during the summer can be a trigger on your scalp and face. However, cold air from air conditioners can also impact your psoriasis. One way to solve this problem is by purchasing a humidifier.

Avoid spending too much time in the pool. As we mentioned above, each patients’ psoriasis is vastly different. Some may find that swimming in the pool irritates their skin, while others see that the water helps soften the skin that is impacted by build-ups of plaque. Either way, you should avoid spending too much time in the pool.

Watch out for bug bites. It is very important that you protect your skin and watch out for bug bites in the summer. A flare up can occur in response to a bug bite on the skin. You should purchase an insect repellent with low levels of DEET.

Enjoy the weather and relax. It is finally warm outside! Take some time to relax and destress. Psoriasis flare ups can occur due to anxiety and stress. So, go on a relaxing vacation or sit outside in your garden.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Windsor Dermatology Shares How to Reduce Hyperhidrosis

Sweating is a normal bodily function, however, about 8 million Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis. If you are one of the 8 million, you might be wondering how you can reduce hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating. Windsor Dermatology would like to provide you with some tips to help.

Put deodorant on in the afternoon. Did you know that sweat production is at its lowest at night? Applying deodorant in the late afternoon will give your body an increased chance to absorb the active ingredients and block sweat in the morning. As long as the antiperspirant has absorbed into your skin, you won’t have to worry about it washing away in the shower.

Use deodorant in other areas, besides your armpits. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you know that sweating in your armpits is only one of the locations where you excessively perspire. Consider spraying deodorant on your hands, feet, and chest to reduce the sweating.

Purchase extra strength deodorant. Consider purchasing extra strength deodorant to limit your sweating. Many brands offer clinical strength formulas, without a prescription, that work effectively to keep sweat at bay.

Stay away from spicy food and caffeine. Although you may enjoy spicy foods and a strong coffee, it is best to stay away from them. If you are trying to reduce sweating, those foods will stimulate your sweat glands, leading to an increased amount of sweat.

See a board-certified dermatologist. If nothing is working to minimize sweating, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist at Windsor Dermatology. The doctors can talk to you about prescription medication to help reduce sweating.

Think about long-lasting treatments. If you have tried your best to minimize sweating by staying away from spicy food and caffeine and wearing an extra strength deodorant, but have not noticed a change in your sweating, it might be time to think about longer-lasting treatments. This can include receiving Botox injections.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Summer Wart Prevention Tips

The summer brings warm days, walking around barefoot, community pool visits, and sometimes warts. We have experience treating warts and want to provide you with tips on how to prevent warts this summer.

Before providing tips on how to prevent warts, you need to understand what causes them and how to remove them.

What is the cause of warts on my feet?

Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV. The warts are tender and can sometimes make it hard to walk. The virus enters the skin through small cuts or breaks. HPV is prevalent in warm conditions, which is why swimming pools in the summer are common spots for exposure.

What are the treatment options for warts?

There are a variety of treatment options available for wart removal. At Windsor Dermatology, we can apply topical treatments, cryotherapy (freezing the wart), surgical removal, and laser treatments.

How can I prevent warts?

There are a few things that you can do to prevent warts. This includes:

  • Don’t walk barefoot. It seems simple, but one way you can avoid warts is to keep flip flops on when walking outside, especially on damp surfaces.
  • Wash your hands and feet frequently. After touching anything in public places, wash your hands and feet. We recommend to take extra care in washing these areas after visiting a public pool or gym.
  • Check your feet daily. During the summer months, you should check your feet regularly for any changes in your skin.
  • Go to the doctor. If you notice a lesion that has not been there before, you should immediately make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. Treating warts is easier when in the earlier stages.
  • Use a separate nail clipper. If you have a wart, or are being treated for warts, you should use a separate nail clipper for the area surrounding the wart.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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