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By Choice Dermatology
November 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema  

EczemaEczema, also called “dermatitis,” refers to several different rash-like conditions where the skin is inflamed, red and irritated. The most severe and long-lasting type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. During a flare-up, the skin becomes extremely red, itchy and scaly. This skin condition can be widespread, or confined to only a few areas on the body.

Eczema is not contagious, although if you have a family history of eczema, your risk for the disease increases. Generally, atopic dermatitis affects infants or young children and may last until the child reaches adulthood.

The appearance and symptoms for atopic dermatitis will vary for each case. Intense itching is the most common sign of eczema, which can lead to severe discomfort and even loss of sleep. Other common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Dry, red and extremely itchy patches of skin
  • Cracked, inflamed and scaly skin
  • Small bumps or blisters that ooze and weep
  • In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth

Eczema outbreaks are caused by an overreaction of your skin’s immune system to environmental and emotional triggers, such as temperature, chemicals, dust, mold or stress. While there is currently no cure, eczema sufferers can practice self-care at home to help reduce flare-ups. Lifestyle adjustments are the best line of defense in controlling all types of eczema. Goals of treatment include reducing inflammation, decreasing risk of infection and alleviating the itch. To minimize symptoms and outbreaks:

  • Moisturize every day to prevent dryness and cracking.
  • Limit contact with irritants, such as soaps, clothing, jewelry, foods and detergents.
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperatures as overheating and sweating are common triggers of flare-ups.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Minimize exposure to mold, pollens and animal dander.
  • Opt for cotton, loose-fitting clothes and avoid wool and other rough materials.

Treatment for eczema begins with a proper diagnosis from your dermatologist. If you are diagnosed with eczema, your dermatologist can explain your type of eczema and can work with you to tailor a treatment plan that meets your individual needs to effectively manage the symptoms.

By Choice Dermatology
November 09, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Don’t let embarrassing dark hairs affect your self-confidence. We can help!laser hair removal

Whether you are a woman dealing with embarrassing facial hair or you’re a man battling thick back hair, there are many scenarios in which the best approach may be to put down the razor and to find a more practical and long-term solution. We know how painful and annoying shaving and waxing can be. Why do it if you don’t have to? Our Basking Ridge, Morristown and Elizabeth, NJ, areas dermatologist, Dr. Marc Meulener, is here to tell you about the benefits of laser hair removal.

Where do you want to remove hair? Whether you have unwanted hair on your bikini line, underarms, legs, back, chest or face, laser hair treatment can target just about any areas of your body safely and effectively. This alone makes it a popular option for those who may have hair in locations that are more difficult to wax or shave or for people who have larger sections of unwanted hair

While there may be spas or other places that offer laser hair removal, it’s important that you turn to a qualified skin doctor in Morristown, Basking Ridge and Elizabeth who can prevent burning, scarring or other complications that may go overlooked by non-medical professionals. After all, you want a treatment you can trust to provide you with the safe results you want.

How does laser hair removal work?

When you shave or wax you are only removing the hair that you see on the surface of the skin; however, the hair extends past the skin where the hair follicles lie. Laser therapy works by directing the light beam over the unwanted hair, which will penetrate but not damage the skin but will heat up and kill the hair follicle to prevent the hair from growing back.

How many times will I need to come back in for treatment?

This will depend on the amount of hair and where the hair is located. Those with minor unwanted hair in small areas such as the face may be in and out of our office in as little as a few minutes while those who want to treat more extensive regions like the back or legs may be here for 30-45 minutes or more. In most cases, it will take about six to eight sessions to see full results.

Choice Dermatology is proud to provide comprehensive, quality dermatology services to the Basking Ridge, Morristown and Elizabeth, NJ, areas. If you want to chat with us about laser hair removal or any of the other treatments we offer, call us today!

By Choice Dermatology
November 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma  

Melanoma MoleMelanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Fortunately, it rarely develops without warning, and the number of fatalities caused by melanoma could be greatly reduced if people were aware of the early signs and took time to examine their skin. With early diagnosis and treatment, your chance of recovery from melanoma is very good.   

What Causes Melanoma?

The main cause of melanoma is too much skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays from the sun and tanning booths can damage skin cells, causing the cells to grow abnormally. The best way to prevent melanoma is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun, wearing hats and protective clothing when possible and generously applying sunscreen.

Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including the soles of your feet or your fingernails. In women, melanoma is most often seen on the lower legs, and in men, it most commonly forms on the upper back.

Anyone can get melanoma, but people with the following traits are at a higher risk:

  • Fair skin
  • Excessive sun exposure during childhood
  • Family history of melanoma
  • More than 50 moles on the skin
  • Several freckles
  • Sun-sensitive skin that rarely tans or burns easily

Melanoma can appear suddenly as a new mole, or it can grow slowly, near or in an existing mole. The most common early signs of melanoma are:

  • An open sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens
  • A mole or growth that takes on an uneven shape, grows larger or changes in color or texture
  • An existing mole that continues to bleed, itch, hurt, scab or fade

Because melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body, it is important to find melanoma as early as possible. The best way to detect changes in your moles and skin markings is by doing self-examinations regularly. If you find suspicious moles, have them checked by your dermatologist.

Visiting your dermatologist for a routine exam is also important. During this skin cancer "screening," your dermatologist will discuss your medical history and inspect your skin from head to toe, recording the location, size and color of any moles. Melanoma may be the most serious form of skin cancer, but it is also very curable when detected early.