Posts tagged #DermArts
Get your moles checked!

May is filled with holidays, new spring weather, and more! What many may not know is May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Melanoma is a more serious skin cancer than non-melanoma skin cancers squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. It can spread through your body, affect how long you live, and appear on parts of the body that have little sun exposure.

Those with a personal or family history of melanoma know it is important to get their skin checked regularly. Even first degree relatives since developing melanoma has a genetic component. Full body skin checks at Dermatology Arts can help evaluate spots you can’t see (on your back or between your toes), catch early signs of skin cancers, and even prevent melanoma from spreading to other parts of the body.

Knowing if a spot is concerning can be tricky. Many people have lots of moles, and it can be difficult to determine if any of them are changing. Having someone at home check hard to see places monthly can be helpful. See our post here for a few quick facts about Melanoma and enjoy a short video about checking loved ones’ spots!

Aging-related skin changes

Getting older is no one’s favorite subject. With a little help from this blog post, skin related changes can be a little less daunting.

Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of aging skin. Invisible sun rays damage the skin’s composition resulting in thinner skin, wrinkles, and age spots. Although genetics play a large role, there are still many affordable ways to keep the skin healthier and look younger.

Radiation from the sun causes abnormalities in the skin which can result in skin cancers. When your skin becomes tan or burns from the sun’s UV rays, subtle changes occur which can later cause the skin cancers basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. While the short term change may be a beautiful skin tone, medical treatment and or surgery may be necessary in the long run.

Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen protection from the sun’s harmful effects prevents damage to skin cells and the sunscreen also acts as a moisturizer prolonging a youthful glow. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing SPF 30 on the face, ears, neck, hands, and anywhere else that may be exposed to daily sun. Walking from building to building, through the car window (typically the side windows are not UV protected), and scattered rays on a cloudy day all contribute to aging skin.

Dark spots and wrinkles can also come from sun damage. While these are less harmful than skin cancers, their presence can be unsightly. Modern medicine and a good skin routine can lessen the appearance of aging skin. Moisturizing every day evens out the texture and skin tone, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and prevents dry and cracked skin. Products which contain retinoids also help renew the skin by promoting collagen production, and we can prescribe retinoids much stronger or more effective than ones available over the counter. For darker spots, other medications and treatments such as bleaching creams and cryotherapy lighten the darkened skin to improve symptoms.

Knowing how to care for the skin and when you need to see a physician can be difficult. Be on the lookout for more posts like this to learn a little more about dermatological care.

Rashes & Skin Allergy Testing

If you have ever experienced a red, itchy, or dry patch on your skin, you may have had eczema or another form of dermatitis. Dermatitis is a wide-range term for “inflammation of the skin.” Whereas some disorders that fall in this category can be readily diagnosed and treated, others are more complex and require additional tests.

Eczema is a type of rash that falls under the dermatitis category, and is often interchangeable with the diagnosis “atopic dermatitis.” Symptoms of eczema can be correlated with other medical conditions to form the “atopic triad” including eczema, asthma, and allergies. However, if a rash is unresponsive to initial treatments for eczema, allergy patch testing may be considered to determine if symptoms are linked to a specific chemical or personal care product.

At Bellevue’s Dermatology Arts, we create personal regimens to effectively treat most medical skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis. Our office’s allergy patch testing services are lead by Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner Liz Schuringa, ARNP. Please click dermatologyarts.com/appointments or call (425) 753-2918 to schedule an appointment.

New publication by Dr. Casey Carlos, MD, PhD regarding Herpes-associated condition

Our very own Dr. Casey Carlos, MD, PhD has recently been published in the peer reviewed medical journal JAMA Dermatology (published by the American Medical Association).

Most of us have heard of herpes simplex virus (HSV) the cause of the common cold sore. However, not many know it can be associated with erythema multiforme (EM). Although herpes virus infection is common, many physicians and patients may not be aware of this rare dermatologic complication. As Dr. Carlos explains in this article, a thorough examination is vital for any diagnosis in order to to accurately diagnose and treat patients with herpes-associated erythema multiforme (HAEM).

Dr. Carlos’ extensive research background and many years of dermatology training have contributed to her excellent patient care through her ability to pinpoint diagnoses and create detailed and personalized treatment regimens. We are delighted by her contributions not only to her patients at the practice, but also to the advancement of medical understanding.