Its summer time! We are in the midst of summer and I have been getting a lot of questions about how to treat sunburns. Here are my favorite tips!
1. Treat as soon as you notice it. Get out of the sun, get indoors, or wear protective clothing.
2. Use a gel or moisturizer with aloe vera. I like to stick these in the fridge and apply as frequently as you like. It will soothe uncomfortable skin.
3. If you have really uncomfortable areas, you may want to apply OTC hydrocortisone 1% cream or may need a prescription strength topical steroid to help the more inflamed areas.
4. Take cool baths or showers. Pat dry once out of the shower or bath, which leaves some water on your skin. Then apply moisturizers.
5. Stay hydrated. Your body will be loosing more fluids so you have to replenish.
Remember that cumulative sunburns can lead to early aging, sun damage and skin cancer. The best thing to do is to prevent by wearing sun protective clothing, SPF > 30 and REAPPLY every 1.5 hours especially after sweating or water activity. Thanks for reading!
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¡Es verano! Estamos en pleno verano y he estado recibiendo muchas preguntas sobre cómo tratar las quemaduras solares. ¡Aquí están mis consejos favoritos!
1. Trate tan pronto como lo note. Salga del sol o use ropa protectora.
2. Use un gel o humectante con aloe vera. Me gusta meterlos en el refrigerador y aplicarlos con la frecuencia que desee. Calmará la piel incómoda.
3. Si tiene áreas realmente incómodas, puede aplicar hydrocortisone crema 1% sin prescripción o puede necesitar un esteroide tópico con receta para ayudar a las áreas más inflamadas.
4. Tome baños fríos. Una vez fuera del baño, secese pero deje un poco de agua sobre la piel. Luego aplice humectantes.
5. Mantente hidratado. Su cuerpo perderá más líquidos de su piel quemada.
Recuerde que las quemaduras acumuladas pueden provocar envejecimiento prematuro, daño solar y cáncer de piel. Lo mejor que se puede hacer es evitar las quemaduras solares usando ropa protectora contra el sol, SPF> 30 y REAPLICAR cada hora y media, especialmente después de sudar o actividad acuática. Gracias por leer!
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Skin cancer signs may not seem alarming initially. Unfortunately, if you ignore changes in your skin, you may put your health at risk. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology regularly diagnose and treat skin cancer in their Houston and Pasadena, TX, offices.
Can I ignore that spot?
Pimples, insect bites, rashes and other minor skin conditions are often, but not always, responsible for spots on your skin. If a new spot doesn't begin to fade after a few weeks, or you notice a change in a mole, it's time to schedule an appointment with your Pasadena or Southeast Houston skin doctor. If you do happen to have skin cancer, you may notice these changes:
- A Never-Ending Pimple: Red, pimple-like bumps can form on your skin if you have squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. The bumps usually develop on areas of your body that receive regular sun exposure. Most pimples only last about two or three weeks. If your "pimple" hasn't gone away in that time, it may actually be a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma can also appear as brown, black or pink bumps on your skin.
- Flaky Skin Patches: Dry skin isn't the only cause of flaky skin. An area of reddened skin that appears flaky or crusty may be a sign of squamous cell cancer.
- Open Sores That Don't Heal: Non-healing sores may occur if you have either squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma.
- Mole Changes: Changes in moles can be a sign of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. If you have melanoma, your mole may change color, bleed, hurt or itch. A round mole may suddenly become irregular in shape, or you may notice that borders of the mole look rough or uneven. Reddened skin or swelling around the mole, texture changes, or a dry, flaky appearance may also be signs that something's not quite right with your mole.
Prompt treatment of skin cancer can help you protect your health. If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, schedule an appointment with the dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology by calling (281) 991-5944 for the Pasadena, TX office or (281) 481-0033 for the Houston, TX office.
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!
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