What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer

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What you need to know about skin cancer

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One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, making skin cancer the most common form of cancer in the United States.

What are the most common types of skin cancer?

The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. 

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are highly treatable if detected early and treated properly. Basal and Squamous cell are found in areas that receive sun exposure. Basal and squamous cell skin cancers can present on the skin as a slowly growing, non-healing spot that sometimes bleeds, red scaling or crusting patch, or a pimple that does not heal. 

Melanoma may appear on the skin suddenly as new moles but can also develop within an existing mole. Melanoma is highly treatable when detected early, but advanced melanoma can spread to the lymph nodes and internal organs, which can result in death. 

The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99%. Having five or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma. Melanoma often presents as an irregular new or changing existing mole.

How can I reduce risk of skin cancer?

It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Avoid the sun between 10 am and 2 pm and wear sun protective clothing. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours. Most adults need about one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, to fully cover their body. 

Annual skin exams can help detect skin cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages. These exams can also allow your dermatologist to find and remove precancerous lesions before they develop into skin cancer.

If you notice a mole on your skin, you should follow the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half.
  • Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
  • Color: The pigmentation is not uniform. Different shades of tan, brown or black are often present. Dashes of red, white, and blue can add to the mottled appearance.
  • Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
  • Evolving: The mole or skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

How to Know If You Have Skin Allergies

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How to Know If You Have Skin Allergies

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You’ve probably had an itchy skin or a rash at some point or another, whether from poison ivy, a mosquito bite, or the chickenpox. But what if your irritated skin seems to come out of nowhere, and worse, reoccurs? It may be a skin allergy.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that skin allergies account for approximately 5.7 million doctor visits each year. The skin serves as a barrier filled with cells that protect the skin and body against viruses, bacteria, and other threats. Whenever these cells detect a suspicious substance, they begin a chain reaction in the skin that leads to inflammation. The allergic reaction, known as allergic contact dermatitis, occurs when your immune system has an unusual reaction to a harmless substance.

What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

A skin allergy, or allergic contact dermatitis, produces a red, itchy rash that sometimes comes with small blisters or bumps. The irritation occurs when the skin comes in contact with an allergen, a usually harmless substance that the immune system attacks. Allergens trigger allergic reactions.

There are several triggers for contact dermatitis including:

  • Soaps
  • Laundry detergents
  • Fabric softeners
  • Shampoo
  • Excessive exposure to water
  • Adhesives
  • Nail polish
  • Topical medications
  • Plants
  • Latex gloves
  • Metals

Your immune system might not react the first time you encounter an allergen. But over time, it can become sensitive to the substance. As a result, your next contact may lead to inflammation and an allergic reaction. Mild cases of allergic contact dermatitis usually disappear after a few days or weeks. But if the rash persists, is extremely uncomfortable, or occurs on the face, it’s important to see a physician.

Finding the culprit can often be achieved through taking a careful history of recent chemical exposures. To diagnose contact dermatitis, it’s best to visit a dermatologist for non-invasive patch testing of the skin to identify the trigger allergen. Treatment with anti-allergy topical and oral medications helps alleviate and limit suffering.

What About Hives?

If you’ve never experienced a bout of hives, consider yourself lucky. While some people may carry a higher risk for hives, approximately 20 percent of people will experience it at some point in their lives.

Hives, also called urticaria, are red bumps or welts that appear to move around the body from site to site, creating intense itching. They can be as small as a pencil tip or as large as a dinner plate, and fade repeatedly while the reaction runs its course. Press the center of a hive that’s red, and you might even see it turn white, referred to as blanching.

Hives can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Allergies
  • Blood disorders
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Infections
  • Stress

Hives can be extremely itchy, not to mention irritating. While they bring an obvious physical burden, they can hinder emotional well-being too, often isolating individuals socially and affecting performance at work and school.

Symptoms of Hives

Hives are often confused with other conditions, but there are a few characteristics that distinguish them — mainly, their movement around the body and their duration. Common symptoms of hives include:

  • Red or flesh-colored bumps or welts with clear edges that may reappear in other spots, but typically clearing up within 24 hours
  • Bumps or welts that show up individually or clumped together, covering a larger area
  • Itchiness, swelling, pain, or stinging around the bumps or welts

If hives last for six weeks or longer, you may be dealing with chronic hives, which can interfere with daily activities. Doctors often can’t identify the reason for chronic hives or why they turn into a long-term issue. In some cases, chronic hives may be related to an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disease or, rarely, cancer.

Contact Windsor Dermatology

Windsor Dermatology physicians can prescribe medications to alleviate the symptoms of hives and perform tests to identify the underlying cause. We’re here to help you with skin allergy and hives relief for all skin types. Schedule your consultation with Windsor Dermatology today!

All About Eczema

All About Eczema

According to the National Eczema Association, 31.6 million people in the U.S. have some form of eczema, a common, but not contagious inflammation of the skin. Yet, despite its prevalence, many sufferers aren’t really sure what triggers it or how they can keep the symptoms at bay.

What is Eczema?

Eczema, also referred to as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic, recurring, itchy rash that usually develops during early infancy and childhood. The condition causes the skin to become red, itchy, and swollen — sometimes leading to fluid-filled bumps that ooze and crust.

In a recent episode of Windsor Dermatology’s webinar series, Healthy Skin Highlights, nationally recognized eczema expert Dr. Jerry Bagel explained, “One of the manifestations of eczema is lichenification, a thickening of the skin caused by chronic scratching. Some physicians consider eczema more of an itch than a rash because it’s the itch that induces the rash.”

Fortunately, most cases of eczema resolve by the age of 10, but about 10-15% continue into adulthood. Although less likely, some people experience an onset of eczema in adulthood.

“It can happen at any time but it’s most common in kids. I actually think there’s been an increase of eczema in adults,” Dr. Bagel said.

What are the Symptoms of Eczema?

Eczema is a capricious disease that will flare up, subside, and then flare up again without much notice. If you have a red, itchy rash, but you’re not sure if it’s eczema, here are some other symptoms that can help you identify it:

  • Intense itching
  • Red or brownish-gray patches
  • Thickened, scaly skin
  • Small, raised bumps that ooze fluid

With such intensely irritated skin, simple activities like sleeping, working, or playing can become difficult for those with eczema. It’s important to remember that scratching may satisfy the itch temporarily, but it will only irritate and inflame the skin further.

“When the rashes become oozy, it’s probably infected, known as impetiginization,” Dr. Bagel said. “In normal skin, the epidermis usually produces antimicrobial peptides to help us fight infection. With eczema, the skin doesn’t produce enough of these peptides.”

What Triggers Eczema?

The root cause of eczema is not known; although, it’s believed to be caused by an overactive immune system. That said, several eczema triggers have been identified, and being aware of them can help your risk of a flareup on a day-to-day basis. Some of these include:

  • Stress
  • Sweating
  • Hormones
  • Climate
  • Irritants like metals, fragrance, and fabrics
  • Airborne allergens
  • Insect bites

What Types of Treatments Exist for Eczema?

To treat eczema, it’s essential to see a doctor who can evaluate your condition and prescribe the appropriate medication for your mild or severe eczema.

For mild eczema, you can take some simple steps, according to Dr. Bagel:

  • Avoid hot water in the shower
  • Avoid using harsh soaps like Ivory
  • Avoid taking frequent showers or baths
    • When you do bathe, use oatmeal or Aveeno powder, Dove soap, and lukewarm water for 20 minutes
  • Avoid lotions
    • Use creams and ointments like Aquaphor or Cetaphil instead
  • Take antihistamines like Benadryl and Zyrtec at night
  • Avoid going from really hot temperatures to really cold temperatures
    • Wear layers and take them off one by one to adjust your body’s temperature

For more severe cases, a medical professional may recommend corticosteroids, medication, phototherapy, or Dupixent, a monoclonal antibody that’s been FDA-approved for four years.

“Dupixent is injected subcutaneously every other week, and decreases the amount of histamine and T cells, while increasing the number of antimicrobial peptides on the epidermis,” Dr. Bagel said. “Within four weeks, about 50 percent of people will have a significant improvement in itching.”

Another option your dermatologist may suggest is a bleach bath, which can help kill the staph on your skin without having to take antibiotics. It’s important to only use this treatment if it’s been recommended by a doctor.

Visit Windsor Dermatology for a Consultation

You don’t have to suffer through life with itchy or inflamed skin. If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of eczema, call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule a consultation. And if you can’t afford a doctor, Dr. Bagel urges, “Please give us a call and let us see what we can do for you!”

How Often Do You Do a Body Check?

How Often Do You Do a Body Check?

Your skin is a remarkable organ that’s constantly replenishing and repairing itself. In fact, it’s estimated that the human body sheds up to 40,000 dead skin cells every single minute. That’s almost too many to comprehend. As amazing as human skin is, though, it’s not impervious to damage. There are many things that can potentially harm your skin, including poor dietary choices, UV rays and cancer cells.

Skin cancer affects millions of people, and approximately 9,500 more are diagnosed with it every day. It’s the most common cancer in the United States and can affect anyone, regardless of age or race. If detected early, the survival rate is very good for the two most common types of skin cancer, squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. That’s why it’s important to check your body regularly so you can detect potential skin issues early on. Here’s how often you should do a body check, where, and why.

Why Monthly Checks Are Recommended

Inspecting your body for unusual moles, skin darkening and other signs of cancer should be done at least once per month. You know your body better than anyone else, so you’re more likely to see change in skin color or mole shape before anyone else does. If you’re doing a thorough self-examination once per month, you’re more likely to notice potential problems before they become major health issues. Going longer than a month between body checks is not a good idea and could potentially give skin cancer more time to develop.

How To Do a Body Check

There’s no precise way to check your skin for unusual issues. The key is to make sure you can look at all areas of your body, including those that you don’t normally see. Mirrors can help you inspect your back and other hard-to-reach areas, while a blow dryer can help you see your scalp. If you notice a strange-looking mole on your back, shoulder, neck or any other areas that are difficult to see, get a friend to take a picture of the area in question for you. Photographs make it easy to keep track of any changes a mole makes month after month.

What To Look for

While it’s important to do regular body checks, they won’t help you if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here are a few common signs of potential problems that require a doctor’s visit:

  • Moles that change shape and/or color
  • Scabs that won’t heal, even after weeks
  • Unusual growths that keep reopening and bleeding
  • Moles that appear pearly or have multiple colors
  • Moles with irregular or jagged-looking edges
  • Any moles that are larger than six millimeters or look much different from your other moles

Remember, it’s far better to make an appointment and be reassured there are no problems than it is to avoid making an appointment when you actually do have skin cancer.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re concerned about a mole or skin discoloration and want to receive a skin cancer screening, don’t delay. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are key to a good outcome. Call Windsor Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online.

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Are Hot Baths Putting Your Skin at Risk?

Are Hot Baths Putting Your Skin at Risk?

There is nothing better than taking hot baths after a long, grueling and chilly winter day, right? Wrong. While the hot water may feel wonderful against your skin, it is actually harming it, depleting natural oils, possibly worsening conditions like eczema and even causing inflammation. As excellent as a long, hot bath may feel at the moment, the risks to your skin can make it not worth it. Therefore, what can you do to protect your skin and still feel rejuvenated?

Limit Bath Times

The first thing you can do is limit your bathing time. The longer you are in hot water, the more damage you do to your skin. Therefore, try limiting sessions to about 10 minutes or less. In fact, a shower may make it easier to complete essential washing and hygiene tasks in a shorter time frame.

Add Oil to Water

As baths are known for drying out the skin, you can add oils to the water. Some dermatologists even recommend taking oatmeal baths to prevent dry skin and to help the body maintain natural oils and moisture. You can discuss specific oils and additives with your dermatologist.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Another essential skincare practice is exfoliation, especially when dry skin is a concern. Exfoliating the skin removes dead cells and helps to unclog pores, which in turn creates an opportunity for moisturizing. By exfoliating your skin regularly and following that routine with a deep-penetrating moisturizer, you can combat some of the drying effects of bathing and cold winter weather.

Try Cold or Lukewarm Showers

While you may enjoy your baths, specific health benefits have been directly linked to cold or lukewarm showers. Cold bathing helps to shock your body awake and has been shown to reduce fatigue and improve mental alertness. Also, cold water can be used to treat depression. As well, from a dermatological standpoint, cold or lukewarm showers help to protect your skin.

Use Gentle Cleansers, Moisturizers or Oils

Another reason to avoid a hot bath is if you suffer from rosacea or skin redness. Heat seems to exacerbate these conditions. An excellent way to combat the redness and dryness that can occur from the cold weather and hot water is to use gentle cleansers, moisturizers and other essential oils. However, before using any skincare product, especially if you have an underlying condition, it is advised that you discuss options with a dermatologist.

Find Healthy Ways To Keep Warm

While it can be upsetting to discover that those beautiful and soothing hot baths are hazardous to the health of your skin, there are other ways to warm up and relax this winter. For example, you can wear layers, cuddle up under a blanket or snuggle with the one you love. It is recommended that you avoid scratchy materials, though, so bundle up with soft or cotton fabrics instead.

Have you been experiencing any redness or rashes this winter? Does the condition seem to worsen after baths? You may have an underlying skin condition, such as eczema. Contact Windsor Dermatology and schedule an appointment to discuss possible treatment options.

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Holiday Recovery

Holiday Recovery

Most people look forward to the seasonal celebrations that break up the dark and cold that come with winter. It’s a great time to be around friends and family, but the sugar, alcohol and indulgent foods at those parties can wreak havoc on your skin. Here are some of the most common triggers for breakouts and how you can avoid letting them damage your skin during the holidays.

Drinking Alcohol

From Thanksgiving onward, it feels like there’s a never-ending rotation of holiday parties with sparkling wine, hot toddies and other festive drinks. It’s fun to indulge now and then, but for some, drinking alcohol has immediate, obvious effects on the skin. What effect does alcohol have on your skin? Just as it dehydrates the rest of your body, your skin is affected as well. Alcohol tends to absorb moisture from your skin, and it has a drying effect that is visible, making wrinkles more pronounced. It also causes inflammation. This effect goes away as you process the alcohol, but regular drinking can lead to lasting redness and exacerbate existing acne. Skin care can help tend to the dryness or redness in your skin. Moisturizing and drinking water along with alcohol helps your skin recover from the drying effect. When inflammation causes redness or increases existing redness, rosacea medication is one possible solution. Topical medications will help calm blood vessels.

Eating Sugar

Between cookies in the break room and special holiday flavored snacks, there are plenty of opportunities to let your sweet tooth get carried away. Sugary snacks are hard to get away from during the holidays. Sweets can take a toll on your skin, however. Dermatological experts say that sugar can cause inflammation, which is a key factor in acne flare ups. High sugar foods also age your skin, because the sugars can bond to collagen and stiffen it. Collagen is what gives your skin elasticity and youthfulness, so stiffer collagen leads to aged skin. If you have any existing skin issues, such as eczema or psoriasis, sugar can contribute to them and make you more irritated. Combat inflammation with antioxidants and hydration, both with the foods you eat and with skin products.

Staying Up Late

Whether you’re staying out late at parties or simply up late planning for the holidays, a lack of sleep is a common problem toward the end of the year. If you’re getting less than your ideal amount of sleep, which for adults ranges from seven to nine hours a night, chances are it has affected your skin. Lack of sleep can impact your health overall, and your skin often reflects your health. Not getting enough of it causes your stress levels to increase, releasing cortisol. Cortisol is linked to inflammation and it can exacerbate skin problems or cause new breakouts. Like sugar, it can cause psoriasis and eczema to flare up. The best way to address serious, persistent skin issues is with dermatological help. Medications can help counteract the effects of a change in routine.

The holidays are an important time to evaluate your skin care routine, and if unmedicated face washes and creams aren’t effective, you may want to consider getting a dermatologist’s opinion. Contact Windsor Dermatology today for more information.

 

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New Year, New You

New Year, New You

Get Started on Your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is upon us, which means many people are planning out their path to renewal by setting resolutions. According to one recent poll, seven of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions are directly related to physical health and improved body image.

While these goals have the best of intentions behind them, there’s one major problem. A whopping 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions don’t last past early February, according to U.S. News & World Report. Dieting and exercise are difficult to maintain amid a busy modern lifestyle.

Thankfully, Windsor Dermatology offers simple ways to meet your expectations of looking and feeling better in the coming year. These methods, such as Botox or Coolsclupting, are safe and effective, with quick recovery and results. Here are some resolution ideas to get you started.

Resolution 1: Look Younger

Aging is inevitable, but you can take steps to minimize its effects on your body by developing good skin care habits, such as cutting sugar out of your diet and using sunscreen. However, no matter how much you change your daily routines, pesky blemishes like wrinkles or spider veins will remain.

Several dermatological injections can support your good habits and revitalize your skin for the New Year:

  • Botox injection combats wrinkles caused by changes in your facial expression, including crow’s feet and brow lines.
  • If you’re concerned about static wrinkles, opt for Juvederm, which replenishes moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid that naturally dissipates with age.
  • Sclerotherapy is an injection that causes your spider veins to quickly disappear.

Resolution 2: Get Fit

Losing weight is always one of the top New Year’s goals, and it’s also one of the hardest to achieve. Dieting and exercise are essential, but slow results make giving up too easy. Enter Coolsculpting, which can be an excellent complement to your weight loss routine, helping you make the most of your hard work.

Coolsculpting is a safe alternative to invasive liposuction. This procedure, performed by a professional dermatologist, freezes fat cells to death, and your body does the rest. The results appear natural and evenly dispersed as your body eliminates the dead fat cells, typically over the few months following the procedure.

Resolution 3: Improve Time Management

For both men and women, trimming or shaving unwanted hair is a time-consuming process. According to one study, the average woman spends 72 days of her life shaving her legs. Therefore, if your list of resolutions for the coming year includes developing better time-management skills, laser hair removal is a great place to start.

This treatment does not harm your skin as it quickly targets and destroys hair follicles. Sometimes up to five sessions are required, but the results are usually permanent, which means no more wasted time dealing with grooming.

Of course, there are many other benefits as well:

  • Enhanced confidence in your appearance
  • Eliminated itchiness as hair regrows in shaved or plucked areas
  • No more awkward intimate situations when you forget or don’t have time to shave

Find a Certified Professional

Windsor Dermatology offers these and many other procedures to help you start the New Year off on the right foot, such as laser skin rejuvenation and skin tag removal. Consult with one of our board-certified dermatologists to develop a treatment plan just for you.

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What Problem Areas Can CoolSculpting Solve?

What Problem Areas Can CoolSculpting Solve?

Many people find that regardless of how much time they spend dieting and working out at the gym, they still can’t’ seem to lose stubborn fat. If you relate to this common scenario, don’t give up just yet. There is a surprisingly effective, non-invasive treatment option that can eliminate unwanted fat from targeted areas of your body without the need for invasive surgery. CoolSculpting® works by freezing away unwanted fat without a single surgical incision. Unlike liposuction and other surgical options, freezing fat does not require any recovery downtime, so you can get back to your busy life immediately after treatment.

CoolSculpting® is more than freezing fat. It’s the solution to those problem areas that you’ve been searching for. Here are 5 of the most sought-after problem areas that you can resolve through a simple session.

1. Belly

It is notoriously difficult to get rid of belly fat, especially on the lower abdomen. Both men and women struggle with this issue, even if they lose weight, slim and tone the rest of their bodies. Fortunately, you now have the option to freeze away those stubborn belly fat cells without interrupting your busy life with invasive surgical procedures.

2. Under the Chin

Tired of your double chin? For some people, the shape and structure of the face, jaw and neck can cause fat tissue beneath the chin to look more pronounced. CoolSculpting® is a great way to get rid of fat in this common problem area with minimal discomfort.

3. Lower Back

 Fat in the lower back is sometimes referred to as “love handles”, and while the name sounds cute, the appearance is anything but endearing. Many people choose to freeze fat in this area and experience noticeable results as early as three weeks after treatment.

4. Thighs

Do your thighs tend to remain large and fatty, even when the rest of your body is relatively thin? Some people are genetically predisposed to hold fat in their thighs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. Freezing that fat is one of the quickest, least-invasive ways to finally slim down your thighs so you can wear your bathing suit with confidence.

5. Hips

Like other areas prone to stubborn fat, the hips contain fat cells with more alpha-receptors than beta-receptors. What that means for you is that it is extremely difficult to get rid of excess fat in the hips through diet and exercise alone. Personal trainers often say that it’s impossible to achieve targeted fat loss, but CoolSculpting® proves that the opposite is true. It is absolutely possible to target fat in specific areas of the body if you freeze it away with the help of a certified CoolSculpting® provider.

Your Solution for Stubborn Fat

Although these five areas are the most commonly targeted, CoolSculpting® can significantly improve almost any part of the body that holds on to stubborn fat. If you’ve been looking for a way to remove fat in the areas that don’t always respond to dieting and exercising, you’ve found it. Freezing fat away is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that can take as little as 35 minutes per treatment area. Most people see dramatic changes within one to three months after treatment.

Windsor Dermatology is proud to be a certified CoolSculpting® provider! If you’re interested in scheduling a session with us, call 609-443-4500 or request an appointment online today!

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What you Need to Know About Hyperhidrosis

What you Need to Know About Hyperhidrosis

Sweating is embarrassing and uncomfortable, but did you know it can also be dangerous to your health? Some people are more likely than others to sweat excessively, especially when exercising or under stress. Excessive sweating is referred to as hyperhidrosis, polyhidrosis or sudorrhea. This disorder can occur in individuals who are completely healthy in all other ways. Here’s what you need to know about the condition, how to tell if you have it, and when to seek treatment.

Types and Causes

There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. The first type has been linked to genetics and is characterized by excessive sweat that doesn’t have an identifiable underlying trigger. The second type is generally due to an underlying health condition or an identifiable trigger.

As mentioned, there is no known cause of primary hyperhidrosis, although it most likely has something to do with genetics. Secondary hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, may be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Neurologic diseases
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Excessive heat
  • Pregnancy
  • Some medications, including those for high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and glaucoma.
  • Obesity
  • Some infections, including tuberculosis, HIV and malaria
  • Shingles
  • Respiratory failure
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Spinal cord injury

 

Sweat problems aren’t always limited to armpit sweat. You may notice excessive sweating in other areas of the body as well. When sweat is localized in one main area, the condition is called focal hyperhidrosis. When it affects the entire body, it’s called generalized hyperhidrosis.

 

Signs You May Have a Sweat Problem

For most people who develop sweating disorders, symptoms first show up during adolescence. Currently, the disease affects an estimated 7.8 people in the United States. If you think you may be one of these people, watch for common symptoms, including:

  • Frequent sweating for no apparent reason
  • Feet that frequently feel clammy or wet
  • Wet or clammy palms
  • Noticeable wet spots on clothing that may require frequent wardrobe changes throughout the day

 

People with sweating disorders have at least one episode of excessive sweating per week, with seemingly no cause. The problem can lead to a variety of emotional problems, including reluctance to make physical contact with others and excessive worry about stained clothing. It can also lead to bacterial and fungal infections that can cause the skin to become painful and itchy. In some cases, hyperhidrosis and other related conditions can cause depression and psychological trauma. Even if the disorder seems relatively harmless, it’s important to treat it for the sake of your emotional and psychological health.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

To diagnose a disorder of the sweat glands, your doctor will first rule out other potential conditions that could be causing your symptoms, including low blood sugar and hyperthyroidism. If these are ruled out, your doctor will likely perform a thermoregulatory sweat test that will help the doctor analyze your body’s sweat patterns and determine the severity of your condition. He or she will also ask you some questions to determine how much your sweat problem affects your everyday life and your emotional or mental state.

If you are diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, there are a variety of treatment options available to you. Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Botox injections: These block the nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands
  • Anticholinergic drugs: Taking these drugs inhibits transmission of impulses to the parasympathetic nerves
  • Iontophoresis: This treatment sends painless electric currents through the hands and feet to minimize sweat production
  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS): This is a surgical intervention that is reserved for only the most severe cases that don’t respond to less invasive treatments

Most people with hyperhidrosis wait up to nine years before seeking treatment. Why live with the embarrassment and discomfort of excessive sweat when relief is within reach? With just a few treatments, you could live a happier, more confident life.

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced professionals at Windsor Dermatology, call the office at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online today!

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3 Unique Gift Ideas for Pampering Mom This Mother’s Day

3 Unique Gift Ideas for Pampering Mom This Mother’s Day

Buy a Unique Gift for Mom That She’s Sure to Love

Moms spend the majority of the year putting their family’s needs before their own. Mother’s Day is one of the few special occasions you can show your mom how much you appreciate her. It is also the perfect time to make her feel special.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s the ideal time to start shopping. At Windsor Dermatology, we offer several gifts for mom, so here are three unique gift ideas that she’s sure to love and appreciate.

Fade Mom’s Wrinkles

Ask any mom about her fine lines or wrinkles, and she is sure to tell you they are a gift from her children over the years. A mother never stops worrying about the well-being of her family and stress is one of the leading causes of wrinkles as we age. Help mom fade away wrinkles this Mother’s Day with a Botox treatment.

Botox Cosmetic is a safe, nonsurgical procedure that helps reduce fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and on your forehead. The injection process takes little time and Mom won’t require any downtime afterward. Most patients experience results within seven to ten days which last about three months.

Give the Gift of Fuller Lips

Full and plump lips are a dream for many women and one you can make come true for your mom this Mother’s Day through the gift of lip augmentation. With Juvederm, your mom can experience fuller lips in no time at all. Juvederm is a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid that is injected into the problem area. The process takes less than ten minutes and results last six to nine months for most patients. Since Juvederm also helps reduce fine lines, Mom can experience a decrease in any unwanted wrinkles as well.

Help Her Lose Unwanted Inches

Many moms talk about how their bodies were in shape until they had children and then everything changed. As moms spend the majority of their time focusing on family needs and making sure everybody has what they need in life, they tend to neglect themselves. Over time, their body changes as a result. If they wait too long, it is difficult to regain control of their weight and lose the inches they want.

By giving the gift of CoolSculpting, you can help mom say goodbye to those unwanted inches and help her regain her confidence. CoolSculpting is an alternative to liposuction that doesn’t entail surgery and removes fat from the body through targeted cooling treatments on the problem areas. Mom will be able to resume her activities immediately after the procedure.

Don’t let Mother’s Day pass by without finding a unique gift for mom this year. Windsor Dermatology is here to help you find a gift she will love. If you have questions, contact our staff today at 609-443-4500 or by completing our online form.

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