Most people have at least one or two moles on their bodies, particularly those who have fair skin. Moles can vary in shape, size, texture, and color. Any of these features can change over time. While most moles are harmless, others can be a sign of an underlying issue, such as skin cancer. Dr. Mazin Dhafir is a dermatologist in West Seneca, NY he provides full dermatological services including evaluations of moles.
What is a Mole?
Moles, also known as nevi. Are small bundles of melanin-producing skin cells. This is what gives them their dark color. Although medical experts are not certain why moles form, it is believed that genetics is a key factor.
When you Should See a Dermatologist
You should have a consultation with Dr. Dhafir is you notice that one of your moles has recently undergone any of the following:
- Changes in size, shape, or color
- Changes in texture
- Changes in the shape of the border of the mile
- Crusting on the surface
You should seek medical advice as soon as you notice any of these changes. A crucial factor in the success of treatment for skin cancer is early diagnosis.
What is a Mole Evaluation?
West Seneca residents who visit Dr. Dhafir for a mole evaluation will have a skin biopsy if the doctor thinks your mole may be malignant. The biopsy involves the removal of a small tissue sample from the mole, which is sent to the lab to be examined under a microscope. If the mole is malignant it will be completely removed.
If you live in West Seneca and you are looking for a dermatologist or you would like to find out more about mole evaluation, call Dr. Dhafir at (716) 674-1180 to schedule an appointment.
Is a skin rash making you uncomfortable? At Dr. Mazin Dhafir's office in West Seneca, NY, this dermatologist diagnoses and treat all kinds of rashes. Don't suffer. Learn about these common dermatological problems.
What is a skin rash?
A skin rash is any change in skin color and texture. It may be flaky, bumpy, red or discolored. Rashes may ooze or itch. It may be harmless or become infected, threatening your overall health. Other rashes are anaphylactic reactions to allergens, Lyme Disease or even skin cancer. In West Seneca, Dr. Dhafir recommends you come in when your rash does not resolve within a week to 10 days or if you have a fever, pain or open sores.
10 common skin rashes
- Hives is an allergic reaction to animal dander, pollen, fabrics or other allergens that are touched, inhaled or ingested. Itchy and quickly spreading, these red, raised skin wheels improve with cool clothes, antihistamines and steroidal creams.
- Impetigo is a Staph infection in children. Its brown, scaly patches respond to oral or topical antibiotic therapy.
- Painful shingles is a red, bumpy rash that may occur anywhere on the body. It is dangerous on the face as the varicella-zoster virus invades the eyes. Analgesics and oral or topical steroids reduce symptom severity.
- Contact dermatitis is an itchy, red rash that develops after touching poison ivy or oak, metal jewelry and make-up. Scratching worsens the condition. Topical corticosteroid cream reduces itching and inflammation.
- An autoimmune disorder, rosacea is a red, raised rash that may have tiny broken blood vessels at its surface. Often a butterfly pattern across the cheeks and bridge of the nose, rosacea flares up and diminishes and never truly resolves. Your dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics.
- Interigo is a red to brown rash in skin folds under the breasts or on the abdomen. This itchy rash may become infected. Corticosteroid creams reduce inflammation.
- Prickly heat is a bumpy red rash. Sweat plugs pores, leaving the skin itchy and sore. Applying cold compresses and well-ventilated clothing reduces the irritation.
- Psoriasis is characterized by patches of itchy, scaly skin, affecting elbows, face and backs of the knees. Corticosteroid cream calms symptoms. According to EverydayHealth, psoriasis affects 7. 5 million Americans. The plaques originate with the immune system and may cause arthritis symptoms.
- Athlete's foot and jock itch are fungal infections targeting the feet and genital area. Dermatophytes in warm, moist areas of the body cause a red, bumpy, itchy rash. These problems respond well to prescription or over the counter topical ointments.
- Cellulitis is a deep infection of the epidermis and hypodermis. Local symptoms include a red, puffy rash that is warm to the touch. This staph or strep infection may produce fever and chills and may require IV or oral antibiotics.
If you have a lingering, uncomfortable rash, come to our West Seneca, NY office for an exam with Dr. Mazin Dhafir. Phone (716) 674-1180. We can help.
How do I protect against skin cancer?
- Apply about two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body and face about 30 minutes before going outside. This rule applies every day, no matter if it’s cloudy, rainy, or snowing out. The sun’s rays can always damage skin no matter what time of year it is.
- Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen should also be water-resistant and have an SPF of no less than 15.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating, or every two hours.
- Check your skin thoroughly and perform skin self-exams to look for suspicious growth and moles every month. Here are some rules on what to look out for and when to see your dermatologist for a more in-depth evaluation.
- Stay in the shade between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and clothing with tightly woven fabrics to provide further protection for your skin.
- Avoid tanning beds.
Whether you need to schedule an annual skin cancer screening or you are noticing changes in your skin don’t hesitate to call Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY to schedule an appointment. Having a dermatopathologist that you turn to regularly could just save your life!
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.
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.
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.
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