There has been an ongoing mythical campaign against the use of vaccines. Experience with all vaccines over the many decades of use have demonstrated that the protective effects of vaccines far outweighs any possible risks of getting vaccinated against an infectious agent. This winter this years flu type, H3N2, has killed 30 kids and more adults. Typically the deaths from flu in the US number in the tens of thousands. The most recent story was of a teenage boy who was healthy who started coughing and died within a week--he hadn't been vaccinated. This year's vaccine has protective effects on both H1N1 and H3N2 influenza. Each year the vaccine is produced to cover the virus that is most prevalent in that year. Usually the types change so if one gets vaccinated each year there will be more protection than if you only get vaccinated occasionally. There are some super bad flu types waiting in the wings; a bird flu(H7N9) in Asia which is resistant to tamiflu and very deadly has been recently identified. Vaccination over years will probably give you some protection against these very virulent flu viruses. And getting vaccinated not only protects you but those around you such as family members. So get vaccinated--its safe and effective and protects you and those you love from a potentially lethal disease. More about vaccines for warts and shingles later.
Learn the early warning signs of this life-threatening skin cancer.
It is estimated that over 87,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2017 alone, and 9,730 people will die from this serious form of skin cancer. Anyone can develop melanoma and unfortunately, many people don’t keep their eyes out for the warning signs. From the office of our Laramie, Gillette, and Casper, WY, dermatologists, Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green, know how to spot the most common symptoms of melanoma.
Symptoms of Melanoma
Everyone should perform self-exams on their skin at least once a month. These exams should be meticulous and comprehensive. You should check everything from the scalp to in-between your toes. When you are performing this exam it’s helpful to remember your ABCDEs.
Asymmetry: Both sides of the mole should be the same size and shape. If the halves are different then this could be a warning sign of melanoma.
Border: Healthy moles will have a clear, defined border. If the border is undefined or blurred this is a warning sign.
Color: A mole should only be a single color. If you notice different colors (e.g. black, tan, red, white, blue) in one mole then this should be an indicator that it’s time to have the mole examined.
Diameter: Benign moles tend to be small. Questionable moles will be larger in size (often the size of a pencil eraser or larger).
Evolving: Moles shouldn’t change at all over time; they should remain the same. If you notice any changes to a mole such as bleeding or crusting you’ll want to visit our Laramie, Gillette and Casper skin doctors for an evaluation.
Annual Skin Cancer Screenings
Even if you are dedicated to putting on sunscreen everyday (and we certainly commend you for it!) you should still make some time in your schedule to visit our skin doctors for a routine screening. These screenings are completely painless and it’s one of the best ways to detect problems early when melanoma is easier to treat.
Central Wyoming Skin Clinic is happy to provide skin cancer screenings to patients all over the Casper, Laramie and Gillette, WY, areas. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us and do your part to protect your skin from this pervasive condition.
It seems that aesthetic clinics are showing up on every corner. Along with them comes the enticing “bargain deals.” Botox and fillers for cheap, facials for next to nothing, the pull can be tempting. But ask yourself, “Is it worth the risk?”
Cheap treatments never mean best treatments especially when it comes to an asset as important as your face. A good provider will consult with you about your skin concerns and then take a medical approach that is right for your specific skin needs. When it comes to proper skin treatments, one shoe does not fit all. If you find yourself in a clinic that does not consult with you and listen to your concerns, hand tailoring a regimen suited JUST FOR YOU, take your business elsewhere.
The most important thing to ask yourself before getting any procedure done is, “What are the credentials of this provider?” With something as important as your face, the individual to whom you entrust it to should be one that has several things, proper credentialing, licensure, experience, and positive results. There seems to be an abundance of inexperienced individuals doing procedures. Don’t fall for it! Discounting your face is not worth the risk.
Skin rashes are often itchy and uncomfortable, but if you know what causes them and how they can be treated, you can experience significant relief. At Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY our dermatology professionals are committed to helping their patients determine the source of their rash and treat it effectively. Below, you'll learn some common causes of rashes and how they can be treated.
Allergies are an overreaction of the body's immune system, and a rash is a common way that the skin responds in these situations. Most people have a skin reaction to poison ivy or other noxious plants, although some may be more severe than others if they are particularly sensitive. Allergies to certain metals or fabrics, such as nickel and wool, may produce a rash when the allergen comes into contact with the skin. Medication, animal dander, and food allergies can also produce a rash. Once you and your Casper dermatologist determine your allergic triggers, avoiding them is often enough to keep the rash at bay. Topical creams can also help lessen the intensity of itching.
Psoriasis, a condition in which the skin's cells reproduce too quickly, causes a unique, flaky rash to develop on the elbows, scalp and knees. Steroid, light and vitamin therapy can be very helpful in treating psoriasis. Infections such as impetigo or ringworm can also cause intensely itchy rashes to crop up. Your Casper dermatologist can prescribe topical and oral medications help to clear up rashes that have an infectious cause.
Your skin and your health are unique. At Central Wyoming Skin Clinic, we pride ourselves on giving each patient personalized treatment based on their particular needs. If you've been experiencing ongoing rashes and aren't sure why, contact our office in in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY and ask to schedule an appointment with one of our providers today!
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