Posts for: August, 2019
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.