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UV Safety Month: A reminder to keep skin healthy, youthful
There is no time like the present to slather on that sunscreen. July is a natural fit for UV Safety Month. Your dermatology team wants you to have the happiest, healthiest summer, and those sunny times should carry over to the rest of the year. It’s estimated up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds. Overcast days aren’t an excuse to skip your broad-spectrum protection!

Remember:
  • Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. Don’t take them lightly.
  • UV light is also responsible for premature aging. Don’t become wrinkly and spotted before your time!
  • Tanning beds and sun lamps may be artificial sources, but they are no safer than the “real thing.” In fact, Harvard researchers report fluorescent bulbs from tanning beds mostly emit UVA rays. This type of radiation is up to three times more intense than natural sunlight.
  • Pass the message on! Kids mimic your good habits. Likewise, encourage teachers, administrators, and youth and community leaders to spread the word.
We’re all in this together! Also, if it’s been awhile since your last skin check, call us.

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Check your partner’s skin, check yourself
Did you know??? Skin cancer is highly preventable. It’s also highly curable when detected early. Yet, it’s estimated less than one-third of Americans examine their skin for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Plus, more than half of Americans don’t know what to look for when it comes to melanoma.

As your partners in health, the dermatology team hopes you’re already on a regular schedule of skin checks. When you can’t be at the office, we recommend checking your skin at home. Remember: “Check your partner. Check yourself.” You may notice anomalies on a loved one that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to see, even with monthly examinations at home. Think of your “ABCDE’s” when checking skin:
  • A - Asymmetrical spots
  • B - Borders that aren’t clearly defined
  • C - Colors that are varied, such as black and tan growth
  • D - Diameter of more than 6 millimeters, about the size of a pencil eraser
  • E - Evolving shapes, sizes, colors, or other changes like sudden itching
If you’re confused about what to look for, just ask! And when in doubt about any changes, call immediately. Don’t wait for your next prescheduled appointment.

Dermatologists
#1 - Make UV Safety Month a year-round effort for healthy skin
#2 – Know your ABCDE’s to prevent melanoma
#3 – Make skin health a priority this summer

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Onychomycosis
Onychomycosis is an infection involving the nails caused by fungus. The nail and the skin under the nail may be affected and the texture and color of the nails usually become thickened, yellow and brittle. This is a very common condition, and it generally affects toenails more often than fingernails. The risk for this condition increases with age and certain health conditions like diabetes and can be seen in both men and women.

Our feet are kept in a different environment - being closed in by footwear and having the toes kept closely together, the skin is more likely to provide the warm, moist conditions that fungus likes to live and breed. Walking barefoot across common public surfaces also make it easier for this infection to be "picked up". Having nail treatments like pedicures done with unsanitized tools can also cause this infection.

Once the skin becomes infected (commonly known as athlete's foot) the nails may also be targeted. Patients usually seek treatment because they do not like the look of the infected nails. Female patients often hide the infection by covering it up with nail polish. The diagnosis can be made visually but often laboratory testing on the nail is done to make sure.

There are many topical treatments that are available either over the counter or by prescription. These agents need to be applied daily to the affected nails for almost an entire year for best results. There are oral antifungal pills that can also be used to treat this disease and offer a shorter course of treatment (3-4 months). These work by depositing medication into the new nail that is growing so that the fungus cannot continue to grow once it encounters the segment of nail that had grown while taking medication.

Recently a laser has come into the treatment arena as a possible option...it has been cleared by the FDA for "temporary increase of clear nail" in patients with onychomycosis. We don't have long-term efficacy data to judge how well this treatment works just yet.

No matter what treatment is utilized, it is important to know that it takes time to clear this infection because the nails grow very slowly - results are gradually seen over 12-18 months and it is common for the infection to return despite treatment. Dermatologist as well as podiatrists are very practiced in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. If you think you may have this condition we are happy to evaluate you and customize a treatment plan that is right for you!
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" I've seen both docs at different times and was impressed by their professionalism and expertise. Dr. Saxena is calm and confident and puts her patients at ease. Dr. Kasper is very knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor. The entire staff is friendly and I was in and out on time! "

- Christine.
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