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By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
July 19, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma   Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer examSkin cancer is more common than any other type of cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although changes in moles are an obvious sign of a potential problem, other possible skin cancer signs are more subtle. Regular skin cancer exams are often credited with detecting skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green of Central Wyoming Skin Clinic offer skin cancer screenings in their Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY, offices.

Home skin cancer exams

Performing monthly self-exams can help you spot signs of potential skin cancers. If you notice any of these issues, schedule an appointment with your Casper, Laramie, or Gillette dermatologist for a skin cancer exam:

  • Mole Changes: Look for moles that have changed color, ooze, itch or no longer have smooth, regular borders. New moles should be investigated, as should moles that are larger than a pencil eraser.
  • Bumps and Pimples: Squamous or basal cell carcinomas can sometimes be confused with pimples or insect bites. Although pimples or bites usually go away within a few weeks, red bumps caused by skin cancer don't.
  • Colored Spots and Sores: Skin color changes may be a sign of skin cancer. Your skin may turn black, pink, red, or brown as a result of a skin cancer. Open sores that never seem to heal should also be examined.
  • Flaky Skin: Areas of flaky skin that never go away, no matter how much moisturizer you use, are also a cause for concern.

Professional skin exams

Yearly skin exams by a dermatologist are important, even if you perform self-exams. Your dermatologist has seen countless cases of skin cancer and can identify spots that you may have missed during your own examinations. Although skin cancer screenings are beneficial for everyone, they're particularly important if you've had one or more bad sunburns, work or play in the sun frequently, sunbathe or use tanning beds.

Should your dermatologist notice any suspicious spots, they will be biopsied to ensure that they aren't cancerous. If cancer is detected, your skin doctor can offer a variety of treatments to protect your health, including skin-sparing Mohs micrographic surgery.

Skin cancer exams offer a simple way to protect your health. Call Dr. Bennion and Dr. Green of Central Wyoming Skin Clinic at (307) 234-0003 to schedule an appointment in the Casper, Laramie, or Gillette, WY, offices.

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
June 07, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rashes  

RashesThere are many different types of skin rashes, which can stem from things like an allergic reaction to food, personal hygiene products, to even a certain type of fabric. Rashes can develop as the result of an inflammatory response in the body, or from a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection. A rash may clear up on its own after a few days depending on the underlying cause. If a rash persists and does not clear up on its own or respond to conservative treatments, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to determine the source of the rash. Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green, the dermatologist at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY, advise patients to regularly monitor the skin for any changes or new growths or moles, and to seek treatment for a rash that doesn't clear up on its own within a few days, or is accompanied by other symptoms.

Rash Diagnosis and Treatment in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY

The treatment for your rash will depend on a number of factors such as the severity of the rash and the underlying cause. Many rashes can be itchy, but try to resist the urge to scratch. If your rash develops from contact with poison ivy or sumac, rinse and clean the affected area as quickly as possible and try to keep the skin cool, clean and moisturized.

Common skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis can usually be treated with over the counter creams and ointments, or Benadryl (antihistamine) in the case of an allergic reaction. If you are not sure what is causing the rash, see a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.

Find a Skin Doctor in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY

To learn more about rash prevention and treatment, or for information about getting healthy, youthful looking skin, contact Central Wyoming Skin Clinic by calling 307-234-0003 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bennion or Dr. Green.

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
March 19, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Everyone wants smooth, supple skin, but that’s hard to achieve if you have a problem with thick, persistent hairs in unwanted places. Many laser hair removalpeople choose to remove these hairs using tweezers, waxing treatments, and shaving. But if you’re a good candidate, you should consider laser hair removal by a specialist instead. It’s a popular cosmetic skin treatment available at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic, which has offices in Douglas, Gillette, Laramie, Rawlins, Riverton, Thermopolis, Wheatland, and Casper, WY.

About Laser Hair Removal

It’s easy enough to remove hair by shaving or plucking it away, but the problem is that the hair reappears after just a couple of days. In many cases, the hair comes back even darker, harder, and thicker. Laser hair removal uses pulsed light energy to provide you with a longer-lasting solution. After a laser hair removal appointment, you can enjoy the feel of soft, stubble-free skin for several weeks or longer. With repeated treatments, you may achieve what seems like “permanent” results.

Best Candidates for Laser Hair Removal

If you have very dark-colored hair and light or pale skin, you are the ideal candidate for laser hair removal. This is because the heat from the laser can target the follicle of a dark hair on light skin much more accurately. Lasers are most commonly used on the chin or face, neck, underarms, and bikini area as well as the legs and arms. Your Douglas, Gillette, Laramie, Rawlins, Riverton, Thermopolis, Wheatland, and Casper, WY, skin doctor may suggest that you book a full year of monthly treatments to ensure that you get the best results.

Laser Removal: A Better Choice

The most notable benefit of laser hair removal is that your results will last much longer than traditional ways of removing unwanted hair. Also, when the hairs do grow back they are usually much finer and not as noticeable. Pulling a hair out manually causes blood to rush to the follicle, immediately stimulating new growth. Laser beams damage the follicle instead, making it harder for hair to grow back.

No More Unwanted Hair

You may not have to submit to painful, short-term solutions to unwanted hair any longer thanks to laser hair removal. Call (307) 234-0003 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Bennion or Dr. Matthew Green at Wyoming Skin Clinic. They are proud to serve patients in Douglas, Gillette, Laramie, Rawlins, Riverton, Thermopolis, Wheatland, and Casper, WY.

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
January 31, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Melanoma  

Learn the early warning signs of this life-threatening skin cancer.melanoma

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.

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
November 16, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rashes  

Skin rashes are often itchy and uncomfortable, but if you know what causes them and how they can be treated, you can experience rashsignificant 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.

Allergic reactions

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.

Medical conditions

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!