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Life After Melanoma, Thanks To Modified Surgical Techniques
Melanoma is a specific type of skin cancer that can be potentially fatal if not diagnosed and treated in its early stages. Melanoma develops in the skin cells called melanocytes that produce pigment. Its prognosis is determined by the stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. Cancer staging for melanoma considers the thickness of the malignancy, the activity of the cancer cells, and if the melanoma has spread to other areas of the body.

Featured medical dermatology topic: Impetigo
Impetigo it is a common acute bacterial infection of the skin that is most commonly seen in children, but can also affect adults. It occurs when there is a vulnerability of the skin such as an abrasion or cut (trauma) or an associated skin condition like eczema. The bacteria that is common to the skin overgrows and infects the weakened skin. The most common bacteria that is causative is staphylococcus aureus but other skin bacteria can also be involved. The skin is often red and may have pus filled bumps. The hallmark of this skin condition is the presence of honey-colored crusted erosions. The 2 most common types of impetigo are bullous and non-bullous - the difference hinges on the presence or absence of blisters. The skin of the face and hands are the most common areas for this condition but any area of skin can be affected. This condition can usually be diagnosed by visual examination but can be confirmed by swabbing the areas for bacteria and sending it to a lab. A biopsy is sometimes needed if other diagnoses are being considered.

Treatment of this condition involves a few things such as cleaning the affected skin with an antibacterial soap or a bleach and water solution, use of a prescribed antibiotic ointment, and possibly use of a prescribed oral antibiotic - all aimed in killing off the overgrowth of the offending bacteria. A nasal culture is sometimes helpful with this condition to find if the nasal passages are also affected and require treatment.

Impetigo is highly contagious to the patient and others so we also advise limiting exposure with other people until the person is under treatment, no skin-to- skin contact (like hugging or kissing) until the condition is resolved, and recommend frequent hand washing and use of separate towel/linens by the infected person. With the proper diagnosis and treatment this problem is easily solved!
Featured product: Shea Terra Argan Oil
100% Natural Argan oil, commonly referred to as Moroccan oil, is a vitamin rich treatment for skin, hair and nails.

This versatile and non-comedogenic oil is a fantastic way to treat dry, dehydrated and even oily skin types by balancing hydration levels and providing key nutrients; all of which are essential for skin cells to function at their healthiest levels. Antioxidants protect against sun damage, free radicals and pollution while high amount of vitamins A, C, E & omega-6 fatty acids provide the perfect vitamin supplementation just for your skin cells.

Apply this product to your face, neck & décolleté to infuse skin with high concentrations of vitamins A, C & E. Skin will appear supple, bright and glowing after just one try. If you’re the type who doesn’t prefer the “heavy” feel of oils on your skin, don’t fret! This oil sets in beautifully, if you feel too “greasy”- You’ve applied too much! Our Aesthetician recommends you try any facial oil by starting out with PM use first, working your way into daytime use if and when you become comfortable. Simply apply one pump to freshly cleansed skin, lay down to sleep and wake up glowing!
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