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Here are the answers to some questions that are frequently asked of our Manhattan dermatology office. If you dont find the answer to your question here, please feel free to call our Manhattan dermatologist at (212)245-8123, and make an appointment to speak to Dr. Heller.

Q. What is skin cancer?

A. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with about 1.3 million new cases diagnosed each year. There are several forms of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous type as it is able to spread. Fortunately, most skin cancers are curable if treated early. Thats why it is so important to get regular skin cancer screenings by a qualified dermatologist, and to do frequent self-exams.

Q. How can I tell if I have skin cancer?

A. Skin cancer is a possibility if you have a new skin growth; a sore that does not heal; a small, smooth, shiny, waxy bump; a bleeding, crusty red patch; a pigmented area that is larger in diameter than a pencil eraser, is deeply black or uneven in color, or has an irregular border; and a skin lesion that changes in size, shape, color, or that bleeds frequently should be examined by your dermatologist. Please make your appointment by calling our dermatologist NYC office at (212)245-8123.

Q. What can I do to prevent skin cancer?

A. Overexposure to ultraviolet light is thought to be the primary cause of most skin cancers. The following precautions are recommended: Avoid peak sunlight hours, between 10AM and 4PM, when the suns rays are most intense; Wear protective clothing, including a hat with a wide brim and a long sleeved shirt and pants during prolonged periods of sun exposure; Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply 20 to 30 minutes before you go outside and every 2 hours, especially when doing outdoor activities.

Q. How can your Manhattan dermatology office help me with an acne treatment?

A. Acne is a very common skin condition that shows up as outbreaks of bumps, which usually appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne can be a source of emotional distress and severe cases may lead to permanent acne scars. Anyone can have acne, but teenagers are most prone due to surging hormone levels. Some women may get acne when hormone level change during pregnancy or before a menstrual cycle. When pores in the skin become clogged and can no longer drain oil or sebum, acne can form. The sebum build-up causes the surrounding hair follicle to swell, and the clogged pore forms a blackhead, whitehead, pimple, or deeper cyst.

Controlling acne is an ongoing process. Keep the skin clean, wash your face with a mild cleanser twice a day. Avoid harsh astringents and hard scrubbing of the skin. Dont pick or squeeze blemishes, limit sun exposure, use an oil free sunscreen, and choose skin care products that are labeled non-comedogenic, which dont promote acne. .Almost all cases of acne can be effectively treated, with the goal being the healing of existing lesions, stopping new lesions from forming, and preventing scarring. Treatments will vary, depending on the severity of the acne. Treatment may include topical retinoids, antibiotics or other medications, and for severe cases, there are other treatments that can be used. If you have further questions, or would like an appointment, please call our Manhattan dermatology office at (212)245-8123 to set up an appointment.

Q. Im very bothered by my eczema. How can your Manhattan dermatology office help me to keep my condition controlled?

A. Eczema, or dermatitis, is an itchy rash with inflamed skin, which can include redness, severe blistering, oozing, and cracked skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema and causes dry, sensitive skin. Contact dermatitis is another form of eczema, and is a localized skin reaction to an allergen or irritant, causing redness, inflammation, and extreme itching. Other types of eczema may appear on the lower legs, the palms, the soles, or the scalp. Regular treatment may bring relief and may also reduce the severity and duration of the outbreaks. Our Manhattan dermatologists may prescribe external medications, such as cortisone creams, ointments or lotions. Antihistamines may help alleviate the itch and antibiotics may be prescribed if there is a secondary infection. So that we may help you, please contact our dermatology NYC office at (212)245-8123.

Q. I am bothered by warts on my hands. Can your Manhattan dermatology office help me with this problem?

A. Warts are growths on the skin caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and are very common in school age children. Warts can spread by direct contact to others and other parts of the body. They are usually painless, but can be painful when they appear on the soles of the feet. The human bodys immune system recognizes that the virus is foreign and begins attacking the underlying infection. Warts can be removed, but have a tendency to return, so repeated treatments may be necessary. For additional assistance, please contact our Manhattan dermatologist at (212)245-8123.

Q. I have alopecia areata and would like to find out how your Manhattan dermatology office treats this condition.

A. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease where the bodys own immune system attacks the hair follicles which grow hair. The hair falls out in small round patches and in rare cases, can cause more extensive hair loss on the head, face, and body. Hair may or may not grow back and patches that regrow may subsequently lose hair again. There is neither a cure for alopecia areata nor drugs approved for its treatment. However, there are treatments that can help restimulate hair growth, even if they dont actually prevent the appearance of new patches. Please contact our Manhattan dermatology office at (212)245-8123 to make an appointment.

Q. I am embarrassed by my nails and want to know if your Manhattan dermatology office treats nail fungus.

A. Fungal infections of toenails and fingernails are referred to as onychomycosis. Toenails are the most vulnerable to fungal infections because shoes and socks trap moisture that promotes fungal growth. If left untreated, onychomycosis can lead to permanent nail damage. The way to prevent this fungal infection is to practice good hygiene by keeping hands and feet clean and nails trimmed. Keep skin dry, especially between toes. Wear shower sandals in public places and wear well ventilated shoes, change socks regularly, especially after exercise. Sterilize nail clippers and any instruments used for manicures and pedicures. Onychomycosis is difficult to treat, and recurrence is common. Antifungal creams and ointments cannot penetrate the nail bed and therefore, may need oral medication. If you have any further questions, please contact our Manhattan dermatology office at (212)245-8123 to make an appointment.

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