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By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
February 19, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rashes  

Find out what could be causing your rash and when to see a doctor.

Rashes come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are itchy, red, raised or painful. Just about everyone will experience a rash at some point in their lives and most rashes will go away on their own; however, sometimes it’s important to pinpoint the cause of your rash so you know when it’s time to seek treatment from one of our Anderson, SC, dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman or Dr. Luke O’Steen.

Some common types of noninfectious rashes include,

  • Contact, atopic and seborrheic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Drug-related rash
  • Miliaria (heat rash)

Common types of infectious rashes include,

  • Athlete’s foot (fungus)
  • Ringworm (fungus)
  • Shingles (viral)
  • Herpes simplex types 1 and 2 (viral)
  • Impetigo (bacterial)
  • Pityriasis rosea (viral)
  • Scabies (parasitic)
  • Chickenpox (viral)
  • Folliculitis (bacterial)

While these are not all the causes for rashes these are the most common types that our Anderson, SC, skin doctors examine and diagnosis more often. If you are noticing a new rash it’s best to play it safe and schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists to make sure that you are treating the rash properly.

You should also come in for a checkup if the rash,

  • Covers most of your body
  • Continues to spread
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Appears suddenly and is severe
  • Is painful
  • Looks infected
  • Develops blisters

A board-certified dermatologist can diagnose the rash and provide you with fast, effective treatment. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the cause of your rash. Some rashes may require antibiotics or antifungal medications while over-the-counter medications (e.g. antihistamines) may be all you need. If the rash isn’t caused by an infection, our doctors can provide you with ways to manage your symptoms.

Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic has offices in Seneca, Abbeville and Anderson, SC, to serve you better. If you are dealing with a painful, widespread or worsening rash then call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
October 29, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Find out when it’s time to see a dermatologist about your acne symptoms.

Are you having trouble getting your acne under control? Do you feel like it’s a losing battle between you and your acne? There are many Acnereasons people turn to our Anderson, SC, dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen for help. Whether you are feeling embarrassed by your appearance or your acne outbreaks are getting worse it’s important that you have a doctor you can turn to for more effective skin care.

 

What causes acne?

While hormones can certainly cause acne there are other reasons acne can surface including:

  • Certain medications
  • Genetics
  • Overactive glands
  • Emotional stress
  • Diets high in dairy

All of these factors can contribute to breakouts. Also the type of acne you’re dealing with can also give our Anderson, SC, skin doctors some insight into what could possibly be causing your breakouts. Determining the cause will help us determine the best approach for treating the type of acne you have.

 

How can you reduce breakouts?

There are simple measures you can take everyday to protect your skin from acne. Some of these habits include:

  • Washing your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day
  • Not popping or squeezing pimples, which can make them worse or cause scarring
  • Keeping your hands off your face
  • Disinfecting your cell phone screen twice a day
  • Washing bedding (including pillowcases) at least once a week
  • Wearing sunscreen before going outside
  • Using makeup and hair products that are oil-free and are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores
  • Managing your stress
  • Staying hydrated

Any over-the-counter acne product you use will take time to work. There is no miracle or overnight cure; therefore, if you don’t see results right away this doesn’t necessarily mean that the product doesn’t work. It can take up to 12 weeks to see whether an acne medication or product is effective.

 

When should I see a dermatologist?

It’s a good idea to see a qualified skincare professional for acne treatment if:

  • You haven’t officially been diagnosed with acne before (there are a lot of other skin conditions that can resemble acne)
  • Your acne is getting worse
  • You have deep, painful nodules or cystic acne
  • Your acne could be caused by certain medications (e.g. steroids)
  • Your skin makes you feel self-conscious or embarrassed

If you are looking for a dermatologist in Anderson, Seneca, or Abbeville, SC, who can get your acne outbreaks under control then call Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic to schedule a consultation.

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
May 30, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer   Melanoma  

How your dermatologists in Anderson, SC, can help treat your skin cancer

There are many types of skin cancer, each with a different level of seriousness. While melanoma is one of the more serious types of skin cancer, it is indeed treatable if it is coupled with early detection and early treatment.

With several convenient office locations in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, the dermatologists here at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offer a full range of cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments including melanoma treatment. Read on to learn more about their life-saving treatments!

More about melanoma treatments

The first step in dealing with skin cancer is prevention. Always put on a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, and SPF 30 or higher if you spend a lot of time outside. In addition to sunscreen, you should do a self-check of your skin regularly and look for moles or discolorations that have:

  • A change in color
  • A change in size or height
  • An irregular, asymmetrical shape
  • Irregular, poorly-defined borders
  • A diameter larger than 6 millimeters

You should also pay attention to any moles, discolorations, or abnormalities that are painful, itchy, or bleeding. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, seek out the services of your dermatologist for a comprehensive skin examination, and skin biopsy (a type of screening that determines which kind of skin cancer you have). If you are diagnosed with melanoma, it’s vital that you begin treatment immediately.

Some of the most common treatments for melanoma and other skin cancers include:

  • Surgical excision to remove the cancerous tissue
  • Radiation therapy to kill cancerous cells
  • Chemotherapy used in combination with surgery and radiation to eliminate cancerous tissue
  • Mohs micrographic surgery to remove skin cancer layer-by-layer
  • Medicated creams to boost your body’s ability to fight skin cancer

 

Give us a call!

To find out more about treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers, call the dermatologists at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, with offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, South Carolina. Call today!

 

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
December 26, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer  

It’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of skin cancer.

From the office of Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen located in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville,skin cancer South Carolina. Here is what to look for when it comes to skin cancer and when you should come into our office for a consultation.

Know Your ABCDEs

The ABCDE method is one of the best methods that you could follow for determining whether or not a mole requires further medical attention. While this method tends to refer to skin changes associated with melanoma, remember that there are other types of skin cancer, as well.

Asymmetry: In a healthy mole, you should be able to draw an imaginary line down the middle and see that both sides are mirror images in terms of size, shape and color. If one side has an uneven or ragged border, then it is time for the mole to be examined.

Border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border that is even and smooth. If you notice that the mole’s border is poorly defined or is jagged or oddly shaped, then it is worth investigating further.

Color: Moles come in many different shades of brown; however, a healthy mole should only be a single color. If you notice multiple shades or colors in a mole, this could be a sign of skin cancer.

Diameter: While not always the case, most healthy moles are usually less than the size of a pencil eraser. Melanoma is often larger than 6mm; however, early-stage melanoma can be smaller.

Evolving: It is important that you examine your skin regularly so that you are able to spot changes to your moles. Healthy moles do not change much over the years, it is the ones that do change that need a closer examination from a medical professional. If you notice any growths that itch, crust over or bleed, then you need to make an appointment.

Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offers clinics in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Regardless of whether you are noticing changes to a mole or you just want to schedule a routine skin cancer screening, don’t hesitate to call our office today. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
August 24, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis   Skin Condition  

Leg PsoriasisPsoriasis is a genetic condition that affects the skin. Symptoms include patches of redness, flakiness, and white scales. There is no cure for psoriasis, but effective treatments are available for alleviating psoriasis symptoms. A dermatologist can discuss treatment options with you. At Anderson Skin and Cancer Clinic, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen are your dermatologists in Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson, SC, for the treatment of psoriasis.

Psoriasis Flare-Ups

Children and adults can both be affected by psoriasis. Following the first psoriasis flare-up, symptoms will continue returning periodically throughout a person’s life. Symptoms of psoriasis include the appearance of red patches and white flaky scales on the skin. Symptoms are often the result of an overactive immune system, which causes the growth cycle of skin cells to speed up. That means new skin cells are maturing at a faster rate than normal so the body is not able to shed them quickly enough. Skin cells build up and cause redness, flakiness, and scaling.

Flare-ups most commonly occur on the elbows, knees, and trunk of the body. It is possible for a flare-up to appear in other areas of the body, as well. Although psoriasis is genetic, various factors can trigger a flare-up, including:

  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Weather
  • Skin injuries
  • Allergic reactions to medications

Treatments for Psoriasis

Several prescription and over-the-counter options are available for treating psoriasis. Over-the-counter remedies can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of mild psoriasis flare-ups. Over-the-counter products include anti-itch lotions and creams, bath solutions, and special moisturizers. Moderate to severe cases of psoriasis are best treated by a Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist who can prescribe an oral medication, light therapy, or biologics. Biologics are injected and work by suppressing the immune system, which tends to be overactive in patients with psoriasis.

You do not have to struggle with the symptoms of psoriasis. There are several effective treatments that can help. A dermatologist can recommend one for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Quarterman or Dr. O’Steen, call one of their three office locations. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.





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