It appears that there is a mini-epidemic of hand-foot and mouth disease in Casper. The cause of this illness is viral usually involving coxsackie or enteroviruses. It begins with tender vesicles on the tongue, gingiva and the lining of the mouth. Usually it occurs in children under 15 but it can occur in anyone. There is a mild fever and as the disease progresses small grey vesicles develop on the hands and feet. The eruption can occur on the buttocks especially in infants and small children who wear diapers. The treatment is supportive with no medication found to be curative. There have been reports of acyclovir helping but no formal studies have been done to determine if acyclovir has an effect on this disease. It is contagious and appears to be spread via the oral fecal route, wash your hands after coming in contact with an infected person.
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.
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.
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