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Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning
We are excited to share with you special cosmetic treatment for both the ladies and the guys which we now offer at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands.

The technique of dermaplaning, which involves deep exfoliation of the skin, has been in development for nearly 40 years.  Both the tools and the technique have been refined giving us an incredibly effective and very safe procedure that we now offer.

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Body Odor Causes

Body Odor Causes

All humans have body odor to varying degrees.  It is an unpleasant, strong smell caused by the combination of sweat and bacteria on the skin. Consequently, the industry for products containing fragrance, cleansers, and deodorants as well as antiperspirants is a billion-dollar per year industry. When it comes to body odor, some of the most affected areas that this article focuses on include the armpits and groin as well as the hands and feet.

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Skin Itching & Scratching

Skin Itching & Scratching
Skin Itching & Scratching can drive us up a wall. Everyone is itchy from time-to-time. However, for some of us, itchy skin can be much more severe—to the point of invading all aspects of our lives. Numerous factors can make us develop an itchy rash. Dry skin, poison ivy, skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis (skin cell build-up), a bug crawling on the skin, malfunctioning nerves (neuropathy), and other internal diseases (liver disease/kidney failure). Insect bites, allergic reactions (food allergies) and so many other agents may also trigger this itchy feeling.

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Itchy Scalp

Itchy Scalp

An itchy scalp is a common problem that can cause frustrating symptoms, such as frequent scratching and discomfort. A variety of things can cause your scalp to itch. These triggers can be broken down into the broad categories of skin diseases of the scalp, allergic reactions to hair care products, and our own actions & hair care practices. The best dermatologists know that the most common causes of itchy scalp is dandruff, and in a more severe form with redness and flaking is referred to as seborrheic dermatitis.

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Corn vs Callus vs Wart vs Other

Corn vs Callus vs Wart vs Other
Our feet take lots of abuse, and consequently, the skin on the soles of our feet is quite unique. In fact, the top layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, is thicker on the foot than it is anywhere else on the body! This skin is also unique because it can thicken up for a variety of reasons. The most common skin issues causing thickened spots on various areas of the foot are Corn vs Callus vs Wart.

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Nail Fungus Treatments

Nail Fungus Treatments

Do you have nails that are thick and difficult to trim? Do they have white or yellow discoloration? 

If the answer to either of those questions is,’ yes’ then it is possible you have nail fungus. Nail fungal infections, known as onychomycosis, are extremely common. As people age, the odds steadily increase that a person will have fungus infection in one or more fingernails or toenails.

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Tinea Versicolor

Tinea Versicolor
Tinea versicolor, which is also called pityriasis versicolor, is a common fungal infection that we see frequently in our clinics at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands, especially in the summertime. The condition is caused by a type of fungus and involves an overgrowth of a yeast organism (Malassezia type) on the skin, which disrupts pigment production temporarily. Tinea versicolor that develops in people with dark skin may result in the loss of skin color, known as hypopigmentation. Depending on the person, skin may appear lighter or darker. This skin infection occurs frequently in teens and young adults, as well as those with weakened immune systems, on the torso, neck, and/or the arms. Though it is very common, the good news is that it is harmless. A common misconception is that it can affect the face when in reality it essentially never shows up in that area.

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How to Save a Life?

How to Save a Life?
On two consecutive days in my dermatology clinic, I met two sets of married couples. They came in for full-body skin examinations. In both cases, the patient’s wife had concerns about a spot on her husband’s skin. She was the one who made the appointments. Without her efforts, the man would likely have never sought dermatology care.

These types of situations are nothing unusual in dermatology. Daily in all our clinics at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands we see loved ones who have appointments together, frequently for skin checks or specific areas of concern. In most of those cases, one of the individuals is particularly concerned about the other. And as I pointed out, without this concern and the effort, it is very likely the appointments never would have been made.

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Summer Sun Tips

Summer Sun Tips

At last, summer is here again, with warmer weather beckoning us to spend more time outdoors. This is especially the case right now with most everyone feeling cooped-up due to the viral pandemic.

We want you to have fun but also practice sun safety —whether you golf, garden, walk, or do any other outdoor activities. Through our work in dermatology, we see numerous hazardous effects of ultraviolet light exposure.  The worst immediate effect, of course, is sunburn—see the recent tips we published about this: https://www.midlandsderm.com/extinguishing-your-sunburn/. Many of the long-term effects of UVA and UVB rays include skin cancer and premature aging.

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Extinguishing Your Sunburn

Extinguishing Your Sunburn
Summer is here, and this is the prime time for sunburns.  The staff at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands want to give you a quick reference guide for what to do if you or someone you know experiences a sunburn.

Above all else, once you have a sunburn, the first critical step is to avoid further injury by getting out of the sun and staying out of it until you are completely healed.  Burns can develop in just a few hours in the sun, so keep a watchful eye for any signs or symptoms.

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