When was the last time you saw your dermatologist for a skin cancer screening?
We are seeing a rise in the number of Americans being diagnosed with melanoma, a serious and potential life-threatening form of skin cancer. This is news no one wants to hear, especially our Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologists Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record. Here at Atlas Dermatology, our goal is to protect our patients and provide them with the knowledge they need to reduce their risk and catch problems early on when they are highly treatable.
More about Moles
A healthy mole will be,
- A single color
- Round with smooth clearly defined edges
Most moles won’t change much over time; however, some may gradually change color, become raised, or even develop hair. While moles are usually nothing to worry about, it’s important that you are performing skin exams on yourself at least once a month so that if any changes do occur, you are the first to know.
Even if you are performing these self-exams regularly, you should still visit your Baton Rouge, LA, skin doctor at least once a year for a professional skin cancer screening. Those who are at an increased risk for skin cancer and those who’ve had skin cancer in the past may want to come in more regularly, as well.
An atypical mole, also referred to as dysplastic nevi, is a mole that has some unusual features that can be detected under a microscope. While these moles are benign, people who have 10 or more atypical moles are at a much higher risk for developing melanoma. While an atypical mole is not skin cancer, it is important to keep a watchful eye on them for any changes to the shape, size, or color.
Risk factors for melanoma include:
- Having fair skin and hair or light eyes
- Having freckles
- A family history of skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma)
- Repeated sunburns
- Having many moles
Here’s how to spot the warning signs of melanoma (it’s easy; just follow your ABCDEs):
- (A)symmetry: Healthy moles are symmetrical, meaning that you could draw a line down the middle and each half would look identical. Atypical moles are often asymmetrical.
- (B)order: An atypical or cancerous mole may have a jagged, blurry, or poorly defined border. Healthy moles usually have smooth, clear-cut edges.
- (C)olor: Like we said above, a healthy mole is usually a single color. Moles with multiple shades of brown, pink, white, black, or blue should be examined by an expert.
- (D)iameter: While healthy moles can be larger than 6mm, oftentimes, they are smaller. Moles and lesions that are about the size of a pencil eraser will need a closer look from a professional.
- (E)volving: If you notice that the lesion or growth begins to bleed, itch, or crust over these could also be signs of skin cancer.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you need to schedule your annual skin cancer screening then call Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA, today at (225) 313-4560 or (844) 313-4560, respectively.
You don’t have to be a sunbather in order to deal with skin cancer. While there are indeed certain risk factors that can predispose you to this condition, skin cancer can affect anyone. Consequently, it’s important to know what to look for when it comes to suspicious growths and potential skin cancer so that you may visit one of our dermatologists in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA, Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record, before the condition has a chance to grow.
Warning Signs of Skin Cancer
Cancerous lumps are most often red and hard, while cancerous patches are generally scaly and flat. Although skin cancer can develop just about anywhere on the body, it is most commonly found on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, shoulder, chest, and back.
Other symptoms include,
- Very dark moles
- Moles that contain multiple colors
- Moles that change size, shape or appearance
- Moles or lumps that bleed or scab over
- Waxy bumps
- Any new lumps or growths
- Moles that have poorly defined or blurry borders
By monitoring your skin every month, you’ll be better equipped to pinpoint any changes and possibly catch skin cancer early on when it’s much easier to treat. It’s also important to visit your skin doctors in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, for annual skin cancer screenings. Even if you aren’t at a high risk for developing skin cancer, everyone can benefit from these simple, comprehensive screenings.
Risk factors for skin cancer include,
- Exposure to ultraviolet light (e.g. tanning beds or lying outside)
- Having had sunburns in the past
- Having fair features (e.g. light skin, blonde or red hair, blue or green eyes, etc.)
- A family history of melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer
- Compromised immune system
Concerned? Give us a call
When was the last time you received a skin cancer screening? If you don’t remember, then it’s time to call Atlas Dermatology today to schedule a checkup. Dial (225) 313-4560 today to schedule an appointment at either of our offices in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA. This simple screening could just save your life!
Paying attention at work or school isn't always so easy if your skin won't stop itching. Red, itchy skin is a common symptom of eczema, a skin condition that affects more than 30 million Americans, according to the National Eczema Foundation. Your Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologists, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record of Atlas Dermatology, offer several treatments that may help you manage your eczema symptoms.
Stopping the itch and inflammation
Scratching your eczema may offer relief for a few minutes, but the itching sensation soon returns worse than ever. If you scratch your skin so much that it bleeds, you may even develop an infection. Fortunately, you can decrease the itching with a prescription corticosteroid cream.
Unlike, over-the-counter anti-itch creams, prescription topical medications are stronger and capable of keeping annoying itching under control. Your dermatologist may also prescribe a non-steroidal medication, a topical ointment that reduces inflammation, redness, rash and lesions in mild to moderate eczema.
If you already have an infection due to scratching or cracked skin, your Baton Rouge or Prairieville skin doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. Both oral and topical antibiotics can be used to treat skin infections.
Taking advantage of the healing properties of light
Phototherapy, a treatment that uses ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to reduce eczema symptoms, can be helpful if the topical medications your skin doctor prescribes aren't helpful. Exposing your skin to UVA and UVB lights can increase your production of vitamin D and control itching and inflammation. Phototherapy may be used in addition to other treatments.
Targeting the immune system
Eczema may be your body's way of responding to a perceived attack. Once your immune system mistakenly thinks that you're under attack, it triggers a response that causes inflammation, redness and a rash. Immunosuppressants control this response, decreasing your symptoms if you have severe eczema.
Biologics may also be helpful if you have severe eczema. The medications target specific molecules involved in the immune system response rather than suppressing the entire immune system.
Would you like to get your eczema under control? Call your Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologists, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record of Atlas Dermatology, at (225) 313-4560 to schedule an appointment.
Find out how your dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, can get your psoriasis flare-ups under control for the long-term!
If you are noticing red, scaly patches on your skin you may be wondering what’s going on. When these symptoms do appear, you may find them to be unsightly and embarrassing. Most people even go as far as to hide their symptoms under long-sleeve shirts or pants so no one else can see. Even though psoriasis cannot be cured, our dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record, have a variety of ways to get your flare-ups under control!
Treating Your Psoriasis
When it comes to treating your psoriasis symptoms, the goal of any skin doctor is to reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. This includes everything from inflammation to the red patches on your skin. To accomplish this, there are three main kinds of treatments:
If you are dealing with mild or moderate psoriasis then topical medication alone may be all you need to treat your condition. Those with severe psoriasis may also benefit from topical treatments (e.g. creams and lotions) but they will often be used in combination with other medication options. The purpose of topical treatment is to target both itching and inflammation.
Common topical treatments for psoriasis include,
- Vitamin D
- Calcineurin inhibitors
- Coal tar
- Salicylic acid
Another way to treat psoriasis is through light therapy, a treatment also known as phototherapy. By exposing your skin to natural sunlight, the inflammation and scaling on your body can often be reduced. Although receiving short bursts of sunlight every day can be enough to improve mild psoriasis, you must make sure that you aren’t getting too much sun. This is something we can discuss when you come into our office for a consultation.
Another option is UVB phototherapy, which can also be great for targeting mild or moderate psoriasis. This versatile treatment can target a single plaque or more widespread symptoms, carrying with it the possibility of being more effective where other treatments haven’t been.
Patients dealing with severe or resistant psoriasis may need oral or injectable medication in order to see a difference in their symptoms. Common oral or injectable medications include,
- Biologics (medications that act on the immune system)
Give us a call!
Are you dealing with symptoms of psoriasis? Want to find out how to get your symptoms under control? Then call one of Atlas Dermatology's offices in either Prairieville or Baton Rouge, LA, today to schedule an appointment with us. Dial (225) 313-4560 to reach either location!
Do you think you have a wart and need a consultation from your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, doctor?
Warts come in all different shapes, forms, and color: flat, smooth, dome-shaped, cauliflower-like and light or dark. Although you don't need to worry about warts being cancerous, they can still be an unsightly image. Read on to learn how Drs. William Massengale, Jessica LeBlanc, and Ashley Record, in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, can help take care of your wart issue!
More about Warts
Wart are transmitted from person-to-person and from one body part to another. They're usually painless and may not need medication to be treated, but it does take time for them to go away.
Types of warts include,
- Common Warts: These skin-colored warts appear on the back of fingers, toes, and knees.
- Filiform Warts: These warts are long, narrow, and flesh-colored stalks that appear around a person's eyelids, face, neck, or lips.
- Plantar Warts: These warts appear on children's feet and are usually flesh-colored.
- Genital Warts: These warts are flesh-colored, red, or pink and appear in the genital and/or around the anus.
- Flat warts: These warts are smooth, flat and small. Teenagers are more susceptible to this white, slightly raised, flesh-colored warts.
- Subungual and periungual warts: These pin-sized warts grow to be pea-sized and appear as rough growths around the fingernails and/or toenails.
During a consultation at one of our offices in either Prairieville or Baton Rouge, your dermatologists may recommend one of the following treatment approaches:
- Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen that freezes off the wart.
- Electrosurgery: Electric current that kills tissue.
- Salicylic acid preparations: Gels, pads, drops, and plasters that dissolve the wart in 4 to 6 weeks.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
You shouldn't ignore warts. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure to dial (225) 313-4560 to contact your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologists today!
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