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By Choice Dermatology
January 29, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Moles  

Do you have a mole? Chances are good that you have few of them, actually. The average person has around 30-40 moles, and while moles are usually nothing to worry about it is important to be able to spot any changes that could be warning signs of skin cancer. That’s why you should perform self-exams every month to check the state of your moles. Just because they could be harmless doesn’t mean you should ignore them.

A mole that develops after the age of 30, a mole that bleeds or a changing mole could be a sign of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to check your moles regularly. When found early, melanoma is highly treatable. When it comes to pinpointing melanoma your dermatologist may teach you about the ABCDE's of skin cancer:

Asymmetry: If you were to draw a line down the middle of a mole both sides would be completely symmetrical; however, an asymmetrical mole could be a sign of melanoma.

Border: Melanoma is more likely to produce growths that have jagged or poorly defined edges.

Color: Healthy moles are usually a single color, while melanoma will often contain different colors or dark spots.

Diameter: Most healthy moles are smaller than a pencil eraser. If you notice that one or more moles are getting bigger you should speak to your dermatologist.

Evolution: Moles stay relatively the same over time; therefore, if you notice any changes to the size, color, shape, or texture then it’s time to consult with a skincare professional.

Of course, melanoma isn’t the only type of skin cancer to be on the lookout for. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers include basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinomas often present as waxy-looking pale bumps on the skin, often on the head or neck, while squamous cells feel like firm nodules that may be smooth at first but become scaly.

Even if you aren’t noticing changes in your moles it’s still a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with your dermatologist once a year. Those at an increased risk for skin cancer may want to discuss coming in more often for exams. This exam is non invasive and could just save your life. If you’ve never had a skin cancer screening before it’s high time that you scheduled one.


By Choice Dermatology
January 24, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Skin Conditions  

If you are affected by a skin condition such as acne, psoriasis, or rosacea, we here at Choice Dermatology in Elizabeth and Basking SkinRidge, NJ, can help. Led by Dr. Marc Meulener, read on to learn how we can treat these common skin conditions.

 

Acne

The most common skin condition to affect adults and teens in the U.S. is acne, which can appear as pimples, cysts, whiteheads, or blackheads. Acne is likely to develop when the pores on your skin become clogged with debris, leading to an unsightly appearance, and sometimes swelling, pain and even permanent scarring.

Fortunately, we have several ways to treat acne at our offices. Our knowledgeable dermatologists can recommend an appropriate treatment based on the type of acne you are suffering from, as well as other factors. Acne treatments include topical ointments applied directly to the skin, oral medications to reduce inflammation and target acne-causing bacteria, laser therapy, chemical peels, and removal of acne cysts through medical injections and extraction.

 

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is another common skin condition that affects many people. Psoriasis is associated with red patches on the skin, as well as scaliness and flakiness. It can affect any area of the body, but most often appears on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Psoriasis is a genetic condition caused by an overactive immune system that generates new skin cells faster than it can shed old ones. These skin cells then build up and cause red, scaly patches. Treatments include laser therapy, topical creams, pills, and injectable medications.

 

Rosacea

Associated with redness and inflammation of the skin, as well as itchiness, rosacea is a genetic condition with no cure. Fortunately, treatments help manage these bothersome symptoms. Treatments for rosacea include topical ointments, oral medications, and laser therapy. Laser therapy works by collapsing the blood vessels that cause the redness associated with rosacea. Following laser therapy, many patients enjoy long-lasting relief from rosacea symptoms.

 

Need care? Give us a call

We can help you achieve relief from a variety of common skin conditions. To discuss your specific skin issue and its treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Meulener or his associates by calling Choice Dermatology at either our Elizabeth location or our Basking Ridge office:

  • (908) 355-0112 for Elizabeth
  • (908) 766-7546 for Basking Ridge

By Choice Dermatology
January 13, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hyperhidrosis   Sweating  

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can be an annoying, embarrassing condition to deal with. Perspiring is normal, but hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating when your body doesn’t need to be cooled down.

One of the most common ways to tell whether you have hyperhidrosis is if one or two areas of your body are very sweaty, but the rest of your body is dry. Some common areas to experience hyperhidrosisinclude your head, feet, palms of your hands, and your underarms.

If you are experiencing excessive sweating, there are ways to minimize the impact. Consider trying these easy remedies:

  • Changing to antiperspirant, not deodorant
  • Using armpit shields to help absorb perspiration
  • Wearing loose clothing made of natural fibers like cotton
  • Changing your socks at least twice during the day
  • Wearing black and white clothing to reduce signs of sweating
  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol and spicy foods because they can worsen sweating

For moderate to severe cases of hyperhidrosis that aren’t managed well with conservative home therapies, it’s best to visit your dermatologist. There are several effective treatments for excessive sweating your dermatologist may recommend, including:

  • Prescription antiperspirant products containing aluminum chloride
  • Iontophoresis, which uses a weak electrical current to block the sweat glands from producing sweat; treatments are completely pain-free and take 20 to 30 minutes per treatment. 2 to 4 treatments per week are recommended with maintenance treatments every 1 to 4 weeks.
  • Botox injections, which help to reduce sweating; injections of botox are given into areas affected. Botox typically requires 15 to 20 injections and takes 30 to 45 minutes. The effects of injections can last for a few months and Botox treatment can be repeated if necessary.

Excessive sweating can disrupt your life, hampering your self-confidence. You can get relief from excessive sweating from your dermatologist. To find out more about treatment for excessive sweating, and other medical and cosmetic skincare treatments, talk with your dermatologist today!