Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer today, affecting about 20%
of Americans at some point. With early diagnosis and treatment, even the deadliest skin cancer (melanoma) has a 99% survival rate when caught and treated early.
Monthly skin exams, which you can easily perform at home, are the best way to check for skin cancer in its earliest stages. Fortunately, home skin exams are easier than you might think. Read on to learn how to evaluate your skin for signs of skin cancer in the convenience and privacy of your own home.
Although summer is a time for relaxation and outdoor activities, it is also a time to be aware of certain hazards that may cause health concerns. If you spend time outdoors during the summer months, you may come in contact with poison ivy, develop a reaction from an insect bite, or get a serious sunburn. In some cases, any of the above could be serious enough to require medical treatment.
Here are a few things to look out for during your summertime adventures, as well as how your dermatologist can help.
Why is your skin itchy? This dermatological dilemma is annoying, and you shouldn’t have to live with it. Even though there are plenty of OTC treatments, a diagnosis is the first step towards relief. Before you slather on anti-itch cream, take a look at the questions to ask.
Where Is Your Skin Itchy?
Does your skin itch in an isolated spot or do you have an all-over irritation? An isolated itch may indicate a bug bite, localized allergic reaction (to lotion, soap, or other similar product), contact dermatitis, poison ivy, or a patch of eczema. If the itch is only on your scalp, lice or seborrheic dermatitis are possible causes.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition, but just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s comfortable. Millions of people with psoriasis suffer on a day to day basis with itchy, flaking, and painful skin.
Psoriasis is chronic because it is an autoimmune condition, meaning your immune system causes cells thatnormally fight infection to attack healthy skin cells instead. Your skin can become red, irritated, or even develop rashes and blisters. Your body tries to heal the damage by producing more healthy cells at a faster rate, which is what causes the flaking common with psoriasis.
Without a cure, you might feel discouraged. However, you can reduce the symptoms of psoriasis with a few daily care routines. Here are some
tips that can help you manage your psoriasis.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Do you know how to care for your skin? Before assuming you know all the answers, take a look at some of the most common dermatological myths and the truths behind them.
1. Acne Always Goes Away on Its Own
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it’s not always the best idea to let acne run its course. Going without treatment can lead to permanent scarring, dark spots, or future or increased breakouts.