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There are a number of skin conditions and outbreaks that require medical intervention and treatment by a dermatologist. Symptoms like rashes, acne, skin discolorations and spots can either result from a primary skin problem like clogged pores or rosacea, or due to an underlying medical problem like an allergic reaction or other health condition. Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green, the skin doctors at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic, offer dermatology and skincare services in Casper, WY.
Dermatology Services in in Casper, WY
Some of the most common skin diseases and conditions include:
- Hives and allergic reactions
- Contact dermatitis
- Actinic keratosis
- Skin cancer
- Keratosis pilaris
Signs and Symptoms that You Should Discuss with a Skin Doctor
Common skin problems like acne and eczema range in severity from mild to severe. The occasional acne outbreak or eczema flare up may not necessarily require treatment, or the symptoms can be treated conservatively and tend to clear up on their own depending on your situation. But chronic or severe skin problems can cause scarring and other symptoms, so you should see a dermatologist if you notice any changes to your skin, especially with moles, which can be a sign of skin cancer.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms that you need to see a skin doctor include:
- Chronic/severe acne
- Hair loss
- Cold sores
- Skin growths or changes to existing moles
- Skin lesions
- Spots and discolorations
- Signs of premature aging
- Nail abnormalities
- Excessive sweating
- Thinning eyelashes
- Sores or cuts that don't heal
- Signs of infection
Find a Skin Doctor
For more information about our dermatology and skin clinic services, contact Central Wyoming Skin Clinic today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bennion or Dr. Green by calling (307) 234-0003. We have offices serving the Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY, areas.
Skin 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.
There 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.
Everyone wants smooth, supple skin, but that’s hard to achieve if you have a problem with thick, persistent hairs in unwanted places. Many people 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.
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.