Posts for category: Skin Care

By Shady Grove Dermatology
August 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: moles  

Do you examine your moles regularly? Changes in moles can happen at any time and may be a sign of melanoma, a potentially deadly molescancer. The dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, provide skin cancer exams and offer a range of skin cancer treatment options if a mole does happen to be cancerous.

What should I look for when I conduct a home exam?

Keeping your ABCs in mind will help you ensure that you don't miss any suspicious moles. When you check your moles, consider:

  • Asymmetry: Is the mole perfectly round or is one side a different shape or size?
  • Border: Healthy moles have perfectly smooth borders. If the edge of a mole is scalloped, irregular, or poorly defined, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Rockville, MD, skin doctor.
  • Color: Moles that don't have a consistent color or that change color should be examined.
  • Diameter: Large moles, those bigger than a pencil eraser, are also a cause for concern.
  • Evolving: Look for moles that don't quite look the same as usual. Changes in color, shape, or size can occur if you have melanoma.

In addition to these change, a few other signs may indicate a problem with a mole. If your normally smooth mole becomes bumpy or begins to bleed, you may need a biopsy to determine if the mole has become cancerous. Itching or flaking may also be warning signs.

Be sure to examine every inch of your body during your home exam. A hand mirror can be very useful when you need to check moles in out-of-the-way places.

When should I do if I notice any of these changes?

Any change in a mole, even if it seems minor to you, should be reported to your dermatologist. If your doctor thinks that the mole is suspicious, he or she will remove it and send it to a laboratory for a biopsy. Despite the change in appearance, it's very possible that your mole isn't cancerous.

Should the biopsy determine that the mole is cancerous, you'll need surgery to remove all traces of cancer from your skin. Thanks to innovative surgical techniques, like Mohs micrographic surgery, scarring can be minimized in many cases.

See your dermatologist as soon as possible if you notice any changes in your moles. Call the dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, at (301) 840-2266 to schedule an appointment.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
June 05, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: adult acne  

Acne at any age causes emotional upset. Honestly, though, did you expect to have it as an adult? At Shady Grove Dermatology in acneRockville, MD, the doctors and their professional team have the best ways to control troublesome acne so you can feel confident and look your best. Here are some of the things you should know about adult acne.

What is acne?

Acne is an outbreak of red pustules, blackheads, or whiteheads. Some acne is so severe that dermatologists label it cystic acne, and it's the kind which can lead to scarring.

While your skin doctor sees far more adolescents for outbreaks of acne in Rockville, many patients are adults, too. In fact, a full five percent are, says the American Academy of Dermatology, and this skin problem shows up in increasing numbers among women in their mid-years.

Whatever the age, acne blemishes form when sebaceous glands in the skin secrete an oily substance called sebum. Due to various factors, these glands become plugged up and sometimes infected, forming acne lesions. Typically, acne shows up on the face, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, and back. Poor personal hygiene, a fatty diet, and shaving can aggravate the condition, but actual causes are many and often unclear.

Causes of acne

For the adult, some medications, such as steroids, may lead to outbreaks. However, as with the adolescent who struggles with acne, the adult version may be linked to hormones. Pregnancy, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, and birth control pills are contributors. Stress, and its related body chemicals, factors in as well.

What you can do

If you are struggling with adult acne, you can get relief from the discomfort and embarrassment when you come to Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville. Your dermatologist will examine your skin and ask you about your medical history. Treatment takes time and patience, but with persistence, your skin can clear.

Typical treatments plans often include over-the-counter and/or prescription preparations with salicylic acid, retinoids (derived from vitamin A), and benzoyl peroxide. These medications unclog pores and reduce the "oiliness" of the skin. In addition, the doctor may advise in-office extraction of selected lesions, birth control pills to regulate hormones, and antibiotics (creams or oral) to heal the infection.

Day to day, all acne patients should treat their skin gently, avoiding excessive sun exposure and tanning, picking at lesions and scrubbing their faces or other affected areas too vigorously. Warm water and a gentle face soap or acne scrub applied with a soft wash cloth cleanses blackheads, whiteheads, papules, and the surrounding skin.

Have hope

Your skin can improve. If you are suffering with adult acne, please contact Shade Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, for a consultation with one of our caring and expert physicians. Call today at (240) 246-7417.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
April 03, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

A rash can be uncomfortable, distracting, and even painful, especially if you're unsure of its source or how to treat it. We see a lot of rashvarying rashes at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, and while most rashes are not serious, there are effective treatments available to help with the itching and dryness that often accompanies them. It is also important to prevent a secondary infection from forming. Below, are a few of the common reasons people develop skin rashes and how they're typically treated.

Allergic rashes

An allergy is the body's immune system overreacting to a stimulant. Often this response manifests as a rash on the skin; certain animals, metals, and chemicals are often the trigger. Your Rockville dermatologist usually suggests avoiding contact with the allergen to keep your skin rash at bay. In the meantime, the itching can be treated with a topical ointment. Oral antihistamines can also help to reduce the discomfort and to control the allergic response; these can be both over-the-counter and prescriptive, depending on your needs.

Bacterial rashes

Staph or strep-class bacteria can cause folliculitis or impetigo, both of which cause sores that can be widespread across the surface of the skin. These types of rashes tend to occur more often in children. Cellulitis is a condition that can occur around a previous wound, such as a surgical site, and causes a red, painful rash that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics.

Other rashes

Psoriasis is a common rash that your Rockville dermatologist treats; it's an itchy and scaly rash that results from an overproduction of skin cells, usually on the scalp, knees, or elbows. It's not curable, but is often treated topically or with steroid injections; the goal is to encourage remission. Parasites, fungus, and viruses may also be characterized by a rash.

If you have an itchy, uncomfortable rash or any other skin-related problem, contact Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD for an appointment today!

By Shady Grove Dermatology
December 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: warts  

Find out more about warts and what you can do to treat this sometimes-embarrassing skin issue.warts

These raised bumps on the surface of your skin aren’t typically a threat to our health; however, our Rockville, MD, dermatologists understand that it can still be awkward and disfiguring, at times. Here are the most common types of warts and when you should come in for professional treatment,

Common Warts

Even though these rounded warts can appear just about anywhere on the body they are most often found on fingers and toes. When you look more closely at these flesh-colored or pink warts they may look like a cluster of small bumps. They may even contain small black dots without them (this is just a grouping of small blood vessels).

Plantar Warts

These warts are found on the heels or soles of the feet, which can be rather uncomfortable or even painful when wearing shoes or walking around. What makes plantar warts different from other warts is that instead of growing outward they grow inward. So if you check the soles of your feet and notice a rough patch of skin with a hole in the middle (or a callused area with tiny black spots on it) then you might have a plantar wart.

Flat Warts

While flat warts are pretty small they often grow in places that are more obvious such as the face or arms, which can leave the sufferer feeling embarrassed about their appearance. This type of wart may be pink or brown or contain a yellow tint to them.

When should I turn to a doctor?

If the wart isn’t giving you any problems then you may just wish to let the problem run its course, since warts will go away on their own over time. Of course, if the wart is painful or if it is affecting your appearance, then you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our Rockville skin doctor to find out a faster way to get rid of the wart. If the warts bleeds or contains pus you’ll also want to come in right away, as these are signs of an infection.

If you are dealing with warts and want them removed then turn to the skin experts at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD. We are here to handle all of your skin concerns. Schedule an appointment with us today.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
November 09, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: moles   skin cancer  

A change in a mole can be a sign that you have skin cancer, a disease that will affect 20 percent of Americans at some point in their lives, molesaccording to The Skin Cancer Foundation. The Rockville, MD, dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology discuss what you should look for when you examine your moles.

When should I be concerned about a mole?

Signs that could indicate the presence of skin cancer in a mole include:

  • Size: Moles larger than a pencil eraser should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
  • Change in Color: Normal moles don't change color over your life. If your mole is cancerous or contains atypical cells, it may become red, black, pink, white or black or a combination of colors.
  • Unusual Border: Do the borders of your mole no longer look smooth? Skin cancer can cause the edges of a mole to become irregular, blurred or rough.
  • A Texture Difference: When your smooth mole becomes bumpy or you notice any other texture change, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with our Rockville office.
  • Shape or Height Changes: Moles that become taller or change shape should also be evaluated.
  • Dryness or Itching: Dry, flaky or itchy moles can be a potential warning sign of skin cancer.
  • Pain or Swelling: Does your mole hurt when you touch it or has the skin around the mole become red and swollen? These changes are also a reason for concern.
  • Bleeding: It's not unusual for a mole to bleed if you happen to accidentally cut it or shave over it. However, if bleeding occurs when you barely bump your mole, skin cancer may be a possibility.

How do dermatologists evaluate suspicious moles?

If your dermatologist feels that the changes in your mole could indicate that you have skin cancer, they will remove all or part of the mole and send it to a laboratory for a biopsy. If the biopsy is positive, you may need to undergo a minor surgical procedure to remove lingering cancer cells. In some cases, chemotherapy or radiation treatments may also be needed.

Don't put your health at risk by ignoring changes in your moles. If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with the Rockville, MD, dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology by calling (240) 246-7417.

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