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Skin cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells inside your epidermis. In the United States, one in five Americans will receive a diagnosis in his or her lifetime. Skin cancer doesn't discriminate and affects people of all races, colors, shapes, and sizes. Skin cancer is significantly addressed by our team of professionals during your appointment at our Southeast Dermatology office. We have two convenient locations for patients near Pasadena, TX, or Houston, TX, and can educate you about the various types of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Visit our Southeast Dermatology office immediately if you notice the following. The sooner skin cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.
- A cluster of scaly red or pink lesions
- Brown or black streaks under fingernails
- Existing moles that suddenly grow, itch, or bleed
- Dark lesions on sensitive areas of the body
Types of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is diagnosed with a biopsy. Below the types of skin cancer are addressed from mild to severe. If you have concerns, our dermatologists can discuss them in-depth, during your consultation.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma - is the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cells produce new skin cells as the old ones die. When damage from UV overexposure occurs, these cancerous lesions can form in the outer layers of the skin.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma - most frequently appears on sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the head, neck, lips, arms, legs, and hands. It's usually not life threatening and develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of your skin.
- Melanoma - although this is the rarest form of skin cancer, it is the most fatal among patients as young as 30. Melanoma can run in families, but it usually occurs when pigment-producing cells develop cancer. Melanoma spreads quickly to other organs if not caught early.
Treatments for Skin Cancer
Skin cancer treatment options at our Southeast Dermatology office will depend on the type, location, depth, and size of the growth. Standard treatment options for mild cases often include medicated creams, cryosurgery, or minimally invasive scraping to eliminate the tumor. Severe cases may require surgical excision, topical chemotherapy, or radiation. Our dermatologists want to help you reduce your risk as much as possible, and can suggest tips for prevention based on your risk and lifestyle factors.
Skin cancer is taken very seriously at our Southeast Dermatology office. You know your body more than anyone, and if you notice a skin abnormality, don't ignore it. To learn more about the types of skin cancer, and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call our Houston, TX, office at 281-481-0033 or our Pasadena, TX, office at 281-991-5944.
Knowing the early warning signs of skin cancer could just save your life.
No matter whether you are directly at risk for developing skin cancer or not, it’s important that you keep an eye on your moles so that you know right away if they start changing. Our dermatologists in both Pasadena and Southeast Houston want patients to take an active and vested interest in their skin health, for performing regular self-exams every month is one of the best ways to detect skin cancer in its earlies stages. Read on to learn more!
Here’s what to look for when it comes to early signs of skin cancer
It’s time to remember your ABCDEs when it comes to looking out for suspicious moles that could be trying to tell you that something is wrong. In order to catch these issues early on, it’s important that you are performing skin exams on yourself every month.
When we talk about remembering your ABCDEs, we are talking about the criteria you should use to make sure that any moles or growths are fine and healthy. The ABCDEs stand for,
- Asymmetry: A healthy mole will be the same size, shape, and color on both sides.
- Border: Healthy moles have clearly defined and smooth borders.
- Color: A healthy mole should only be a single color; it should never contain multiple colors.
- Diameter: Suspicious moles are often larger than 6mm, or the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving: Healthy miles shouldn’t change over the years. They should stay the same in regards to color, shape, or size.
Other warning signs to look out for include,
- A lesion or growth that doesn’t heal
- A mole that bleeds, scabs over or itches
- Swelling or redness around the mole
If you are noticing any changes in your moles, it’s important that you call either our Pasadena or Southeast Houston skin doctors in order to schedule a skin cancer screening as soon as possible. Even if you haven't observed anything too concerning in your skin, it’s still important to turn to a medical professional every year for an evaluation.
Call us today!
When was the last time you had a skin cancer screening? If you’ve never had one or if it’s been over a year, it’s the perfect time to call Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena or Southeast Houston, TX, to schedule your next screening. Phone (281) 991-5944 for Pasadena, or (281) 481-0033 for Southeast Houston
Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects up to 7.5 million Americans according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Though some people choose to live with the constant flare-ups and embarrassing skin lesions that appear in unexpected places, treatments can help. Find out how a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX can treat your case of psoriasis.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is the chronic appearance of red, flaky, itchy skin lesions on the skin. Because of the itching sensation, this condition often creates white flakes similar to dandruff. The symptoms can show up in various places on the body, including the arms, legs, scalp, and even the genital area. There are a number of different types of psoriasis, including plaque (most common), pustular (blisters and pus), and erythrodermic (large patches of red, inflamed skin).
Like many autoimmune disorders, there’s no definitive or singular cause of psoriasis. There are a number of potential triggers that vary across patients. Symptoms often start to show between the ages of 15 to 35. Psoriasis may be triggered by stress or an allergic reaction to some substances, like skin lotions. Certain medications may be the cause of psoriasis flare-ups. Patients who smoke or are obese are at a higher risk of developing this condition. Also, patients who have certain infections or are overexposed to UV rays from the sun may have flare-ups.
Treatment from Your Houston and Pasadena, TX Dermatologist
Many patients who have psoriasis are embarrassed by the symptoms and don’t know how to treat prevent or soothe flare-ups when they happen. They try to cover up the sores and wait it out instead. Here are some ways that your dermatologist may be able to successfully treat your case of psoriasis:
- Topical formulas that slow the growth of affected skin cells.
- Prescription medication (including oral prescriptions and biologics, an injectable drug).
- Light and phototherapy (laser therapy).
- An investigation into your diet, additional medications you may be taking, and other possible triggers like stress.
Get Help with Psoriasis
The team at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX can help you manage your case of psoriasis. Call (281) 991-5944 to schedule your appointment at the Pasadena, TX location or (281) 481-0033 to schedule your appointment at the Houston, TX location today!
Do you wish you could snap your fingers and make your fine lines and wrinkles simply disappear? If so, you may benefit from Botox, a popular, safe, and effective tool in the fight against aging. Say goodbye to your fine lines and wrinkles with help from your dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology with locations in Pasadena, TX, and Southeast Houston, TX.
What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved cosmetic dermatological treatment which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the facial area. The treatment mostly focuses on the areas around and between the eyes, but can also help the appearance of the forehead and around the mouth. Botox is a simple procedure involving injecting the solution directly into the facial muscles underneath the wrinkles using a super-fine needle and syringe. The procedure takes place in your dermatologist’s office.
Can Botox help me?
Botox can help patients who have wrinkles and fine lines relating to the natural movement of the facial muscles. Wrinkles from sun damage do not respond to Botox. Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffer from certain conditions should not receive Botox treatments. Consult with your doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
How does Botox work?
Wrinkles come from the muscles underneath the skin moving and wrinkling the skin. Over time, the skin begins to form creases and lines which are often associated with aging. Botox freezes the underlying muscles and prevents them from moving normally. This helps the skin above the muscle relax and smooth over while preventing new wrinkles from being formed.
Botox Treatments in Pasadena, TX and Houston, TX
Botox treatments take place at a visit to your dermatologist’s office and begin with you lying down on an examination table. Your doctor injects Botox into the facial skin over the course of about 15 minutes. This short procedure may produce some side effects like redness or bruising at the injection sites, but these symptoms usually resolve themselves in a day or two. Botox treatments last about six months, after which additional treatments will help maintain the appearance of your fine lines and wrinkles.
For more information on Botox in the Pasadena, TX, and Houston, TX area, please contact Southeast Dermatology. Call (281) 991-5944 to schedule your appointment at the Pasadena, TX location or (281) 481-0033 to schedule your appointment at the Houston, TX location today!
Your acne continues to be a problem even though you're an adult. Mostly, the lesions are on your face, shoulders and neck, and while flare-ups are less frequent now, you desire better control of your acne. At Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena and Houston, TX, our dermatologists see teens and adults struggling with this very common skin condition, and they can help you have clearer skin and feel better about yourself, too.
What causes acne?
Sebum, the thick substance produced in our skin's oil glands and hair follicles, is the ultimate trigger of acne. When these glands and follicles become clogged with sebum, characteristic acne lesions form. Many become infected or in extreme cases, are cystic and leave scars.
Common types of acne lesions are called whiteheads and blackheads. If these become pus-filled and infected, they redden, feel sore and are called papules and pustules.
While no one can define the exact causes of acne, some predisposing factors seem clear:
- Age (more teens suffer acne flare-ups)
- Hard scrubbing of the face or picking and squeezing acne blemishes
- Pregnancy, puberty, menstruation and menopause
- Some medications, cosmetics and hair styling products
When you see your dermatologist about your acne, she will examine your skin carefully and ask about when your acne seems to worsen. Then, she will customize a care plan to give you the clearest skin possible.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says that your dermatologist in Pasadena and Houston, TX, may recommend:
- Over the counter benzoyl peroxide (available in soaps, scrubs, pads and creams/gels/ointments)
- Prescription antibiotics (if infection is present)
- Tretinoin, a form of Vitamin A
- Surgical extraction (of deep cysts)
Regarding your at-home skin care regimen, our dermatologists urge patients to avoid vigorous facial scrubbing as this only irritates the skin. They also say not to pick or squeeze acne lesions because this causes additional irritation and infection. Finally, a well-balanced diet and adequate hydration benefits your skin whether you have problems with acne or not.
Find out more
You can control your acne rather than having it control you, and Southeast Dermatology can help. For a consultation, contact our team at (281) 991-5944 for the Pasadena office. For the Houston location, phone (281) 481-0033.