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Clearing Up Psoriasis Myths
Throughout the month of August, the National Psoriasis Foundation is providing tips on how to manage this common skin condition. The itching, patches, scales, and joint pain of psoriasis affect some 7.5 million Americans. Chances are, if you haven’t seen us for psoriasis, a loved one has, or has sought the expertise of a skin specialist. Since it is such a prevalent condition, our team is used to clearing up misconceptions about it on a year-round basis, not just during Psoriasis Awareness Month:
  • Psoriasis isn’t contagious. It’s a chronic autoimmune disease.
  • You don’t develop psoriasis due to inadequate hygiene. As a condition affecting the immune system, it’s believed skin cells can’t keep up with how quickly your body produces new skin. The result is a patchy, scaly, often itchy buildup of skin cells.
  • Psoriasis isn’t just one type. There are several different types, each with characteristic symptoms.
  • Psoriasis doesn’t only affect the health of your skin. It’s linked to other serious medical conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, vision disturbances, depression, and anxiety.
There is a lot to know about psoriasis. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
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These Symptoms Of Skin Cancer May Surprise You

Skin cancer doesn’t always follow “the rules.” This makes it even more important to keep annual full-body skin checks at our office, and to examine your skin regularly at home. Use a mirror to check hard-to-reach areas, or enlist your partner’s eye so you don’t miss anything. Taking photos of changing areas is also helpful, so we can see how spots have evolved.

You may be familiar with the “ABCDEs” of melanoma: Asymmetry, borders that are ill-defined, spots of more than one color, areas that are large in diameter, or that have evolved; for example, a patch suddenly itches or a mole that was merely bothersome to your appearance now bleeds.

Other often-overlooked signs of cancers such as Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma include:

  • Transparent or white raised spots
  • Scaly or waxy-looking patches
  • Bumps on your lips

Many of these signs can be mistaken for something harmless, like cold sores, a peeling sunburn, or dry skin. And while some areas may look like characteristic melanoma, they may present in places where they can easily be missed, such as the soles of your feet or your scalp. Don’t wait. Call us for your next skin check.

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