By Mazin Dhafir MD
May 26, 2020
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Fungal Infection  

How your dermatologist in West Seneca, NY, can help your fungus issue

Do you have a red, itchy rash that just won’t go away? If so, you might have a fungal infection. Fortunately, your dermatologist can help clear up this issue so that you can find relief from its annoying, uncomfortable symptoms.

Here at the office of Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, we offer a wide variety of dermatological treatments, including those that help with rashes caused by a fungal infection—read on to learn more.

Finding relief

Some of the most common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, a yeast infection, or ringworm. You might have a fungal infection if your skin is:

  • Red or irritated
  • Itchy or scaly
  • Blistered or swollen
  • Peeling or cracking

Fungi thrive in moist, warm areas like public pools, gym facilities, and locker rooms. You can also pick up a fungus from sharing towels, socks, shoes, or other items with another person who has a fungal infection.

Fungal infections are common in areas of your body that are warm, moist, and have creases, like your armpits or groin. People who are obese or are diabetic are also at higher risk for a fungal infection.

If you think you might have a fungal infection of your skin, you can try an over-the-counter anti-fungal topical medication applied to your skin. Some of the most common antifungal treatments available over-the-counter include:

  • Clotrimazole, also known as Lotrimin or Mycelex
  • Miconazole, also known as Micatin or Monistat
  • Terbinafine, also known as Lamisil

For a severe fungal infection that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications, it’s best to visit your dermatologist. During an appointment, a prescription oral and/or topical anti-fungal medication may be recommended. In addition, your dermatologist may recommend these treatments to reduce your symptoms:

  • Oral steroid medications to reduce itching
  • Cortisone or antibiotic creams to reduce swelling and prevent infection
  • Prescription-strength oral and topical antihistamine medications to reduce itching

If you have a fungal infection, you can find help to relieve the unpleasant symptoms and clear up your skin. To learn more about fungal skin infections, rashes, and treatments in general, call Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, at (716) 674-1180.

By Mazin Dhafir MD
April 10, 2020
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Did you know that the most common cancer worldwide is skin cancer? Fortunately, if skin cancer is detected in its earliest stages, it is highly curable. Here at the office of dermatologist Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, we can diagnose your condition and recommend prompt treatment for it. Meanwhile, here are practical tips to protect yourself against skin cancer:

Wear Sunscreen Every Time You Go Out

Sunscreens play an immensely crucial role in filtering out harmful UV rays that could cause cancer. Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and 30 SPF at least, even when it’s cloudy outside. Apply a generous amount on all of your exposed skin parts and reapply as needed, especially if you are sweating or swimming.

Avoid Sun Exposure Between the Hours of 10 AM and 4 PM

Your body absorbs ultraviolet or UV rays all-year-round. Avoiding exposure to the sun’s rays when they’re at their strongest will help reduce your risk of developing sunburn that could result in skin damage and elevate your skin cancer risk.

Always Wear Protective Clothing

For added protection against harsh UV rays, you should safeguard your skin by wearing tightly-woven and dark-colored clothing items that can shield your legs and arms. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses will also offer extra protection.

Stay Away From Tanning Beds

The lights utilized in tanning beds discharge UV rays that could raise your skin cancer risk.

Examine Your Skin Thoroughly and Regularly

There’s a broad range of skin cancer symptoms depending on which skin cancer type you have. In general, however, these symptoms typically include skin changes that don’t seem to go away, skin ulcers/sores, discolored skin, and alterations to existing moles, such as enlargement or jagged borders. You should also make it a habit to check your skin for new growths or any kind of change in freckles, moles, birthmarks, and bumps. Have your doctor examine any changes that seem suspect.
 

For Questions or Concerns About Skin Cancer and Other Skin Problems, Call Us.

Dial (716) 674-1180 to schedule an evaluation with your dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, here at our practice in West Seneca, NY.

By Mazin Dhafir MD
February 19, 2020
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Rashes  

Are you dealing with a rash? Find out what it is and how to treat it.

Most of us will deal with a rash at some point, but it doesn’t stop us from wondering, “What could be causing it?” It’s important to be able to recognize what kind of rash you have some you know whether you need to visit our West Seneca, NY, dermatologist Dr. Mazin Dhafir for treatment.

Here are some of the most common rashes,

Pityriasis Rosea (“Christmas tree rash”)

This is one of the most common types and it’s not something to worry about. The rash is usually mild and appears on the chest or back and presents as large pink spots. Sometimes the patches may itch but this rash isn’t contagious. It’s believed that a viral infection may cause pityriasis rosea to form.

Eczema

Eczema is an overarching term that refers to skin problems that lead to patches of scaling, inflamed, red itchy skin. This scaly rash will most likely appear on the hands, elbow and the backs of the knees. Some children develop these patches on the neck, scalp or face. These patches may be itchy, red, crust over or cause blisters.

Dermatitis is a common form of eczema and this condition can occur in both children and adults. Eczema is not contagious and can be the result of allergies, stress, environmental factors or products (e.g. soap; detergent).

Contact Dermatitis

Sometimes a rash will appear if you come into contact with something that causes an allergic reaction. This can be everything from latex and poison ivy to certain detergents or metal. Contact dermatitis often presents with a scaly non-itchy rash, and the rash will develop only in the area exposed to the allergen. It’s important to figure out what you’re allergic to so you can avoid it.

Heat rash

Also known as miliaria, heat rash occurs when sweat is obstructed within the body during hot, humid weather. Being overdressed can also result in the formation of small, red bumps that often cause a stinging or pricking sensation. This rash isn’t serious and will go away on its own. You may choose to take a cool bath or apply cold compresses to the area. It’s also important to wear light, loose-fitted clothing.

When to See a Doctor

While most rashes are harmless there are some that are more serious and require immediate medical attention. You should visit our West Seneca, NY, skin doctor if your rash is,

  • Severely painful
  • Spreading
  • Warm to the touch
  • Contains red streaks
  • Oozing or crusting over
  • Near the eyes, mouth or genitals
  • Accompanied by a high fever or vomiting

If you or your child is dealing with new or worsening skin problems then call our West Seneca, NY, dermatology office today at (716) 674-1180 to schedule an appointment.

By Mazin Dhafir MD
October 25, 2019
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Moles  

Skin cancer doesn't always cause dramatic changes. In fact, a subtle difference in a mole may be the only sign that you have cancer. Skin_CancerFortunately, your West Seneca, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, can evaluate your mole and offer treatments if you should happen to have skin cancer.

 

What are the symptoms of skin cancer in moles?

Changes in moles can occur if you have melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Warning signs include:

  • Change in Mole Color: A change in the color of your mole warrants a call to your West Seneca skin doctor. Make an appointment if all or part of your mole turns red, black, or any other color.
  • Border Changes: The edges of moles can become blurred, rough, or irregular if you have skin cancer.
  • New Mole: Moles usually don't appear in adulthood. A new mole could be a sign of cancer.
  • Size: Moles larger than a pencil eraser are more likely to become cancerous than smaller moles.
  • Texture Differences: Melanoma may cause your mole to become bumpy, dry, itchy, or flaky.
  • Shape Irregularities: Have your mole changed shape or become taller?
  • Symmetry: Both sides of the mole should match. If one side is bigger or looks different than the other, let your dermatologist know.
  • Bleeding or Pain: Painful, bleeding or oozing moles should be evaluated promptly.
  • Inflammation: Redness or tenderness in the skin around a mole can also be a sign of skin cancer.

 

What should I do if I have any of these signs or symptoms?

Call your West Seneca dermatologist if you've noticed changes in any of your moles. Keep in mind that a change in a mole doesn't automatically mean that it's cancerous.

If your skin doctor is concerned about your mole, he'll remove it and send it to a laboratory for testing. Your dermatologist will discuss surgery and other treatment options with you if you are diagnosed with melanoma. Mohs micrographic surgery, an innovative surgical technique that reduces scarring by removing skin one layer at a time, may be an option for some people with melanoma.

Have you noticed any changes in your moles? Call your West Seneca, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, at (716) 674-1180 to schedule an appointment.

By Mazin Dhafir MD
May 24, 2019
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Regular self-exams will help you pinpoint changes in your skin that may be early signs of skin cancer.

When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is an incredibly important factor for treatment to be successful. To learn some of the early signs of skin cancer, read on, and make sure to contact our West Seneca, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, right away if you are at all concerned about your skin!

The Two Types of Skin Cancer

There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and while Skin Examnon-melanoma cancers aren't quite as dangerous, they still require immediate medical treatment.

Non-melanoma Cancer Forms

The most common forms of non-melanoma skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas.

Basal cell carcinomas most often develop in places that get the most exposure to the sun such as the face and head. Common symptoms of a basal cell carcinoma include:

  • A waxy, smooth bump
  • A hard red bump
  • Crusting or scaling
  • Bleeding or itching
  • A sore or bump that doesn’t heal
  • A bump that develops into a painless ulcer

Like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinomas are also found on areas of the body that are most exposed to the sun such as the neck, face, head, and legs. Symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma include a bump that:

  • Bleeds
  • Is scaly or crusted over
  • Is red or pink
  • Causes the skin around it to be raised
  • Is tender

Skin Cancer Warning Signs

When it comes to melanoma or any cancerous growths, it’s good to go through the ABCDEs to see if it might require medical attention:

  • Asymmetry: If you were to draw an imaginary line down the center of a growth, a cancerous growth would not be symmetrical. Conversely, both halves of a healthy growth will look identical.
  • Border: A cancerous growth is more likely to have a poorly defined, craggy, or blurred border.
  • Color: A healthy mole will only be a single color while a cancerous growth may have different shades of brown, black, white, pink, or red.
  • Diameter: In many cases (but not always), a mole that is over 6mm (about the size of a pencil eraser) is likely to become cancerous.
  • Evolving: A healthy growth will not change its appearance as you get older. If you also notice a new growth or lump it is worth scheduling a screening over.

It’s important that if you spot any unusual growths or changes in your skin that you see your skin doctor in West Seneca, NY, for a thorough evaluation. Even those who aren’t at an increased risk for developing skin cancer should still come in once a year for a full and thorough skin cancer screening. This is particularly important for those with darker skin tones, as it can sometimes be tricky to spot changes in your skin.

Concerned? Give Us a Call!

When was the last time you saw your dermatologist for a skin cancer screening? It’s a good idea to see a doctor once a year to have any moles or growths checked out by a professional to pinpoint problems early on. Call our West Seneca, NY, dermatology office today at (716) 674-1180.





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