Florida Skin Center is a dermatology office located in Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Fort Myers, FL. We treat adults and children of all ages for all skin, hair, nail, and cosmetic concerns.
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Living in Florida, many parents are concerned about the sun
exposure their babies receive. However, the information regarding
how best to protect babies can be confusing! At FSC, we have a few simple
tips to help ensure your little one stays healthy and protected from the sun’s
First, keep your infant out of direct sunlight, especially
during the peak sun hours of 10 am – 4pm. Strollers, trees, and patios
can help provide relief from the sun. Second, sun protection can begin
when you dress your baby in the morning. Dress your baby in light-weight,
breathable, long sleeved clothing. Bright colors provide increased sun
protection compared to whites and pastels. Also, protect your baby’s eyes
and face with sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat. Third, when traveling,
seat your baby in the center of the back seat, away from windows, when
possible. UV-blocking films can also be applied to car windows to
decrease sun exposure while traveling.
Finally, sunscreen usage in infants is controversial.
Infant skin is thinner, making it more susceptible to the chemicals in
sunscreen. Infants also have an increased body surface area when compared
to adults, which increases the amount of sunscreen that is used and can
penetrate into the skin. Also, infants may lick their fingers and ingest
the sunscreen after it is applied. Therefore, recommendations on
sunscreen usage in infants can vary. The FDA and The Skin Cancer
Foundation recommend using sunscreen only in babies older than six months old,
while The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests sunscreen be applied to
infants younger than six months only when other protective options are not
available and only on small areas of skin. Based on these
recommendations, it is best, when possible, to wait until six months of age
before applying sunscreen to your infant. Whenever you decide to begin
using sunscreen on your baby, make sure to first apply the product to a small
area to ensure your baby can tolerate the sunscreen. Avoid the ingredients
PABA and oxybenzone, which can cause skin reactions.
It is important for everyone to follow sun safety
precautions, but it is especially vital for babies. Many options exist
for keeping your little one safe and healthy in the Florida sun. Ask FSC
about the sunscreen options we have available to protect your whole
It seems like almost every day we are asked to give our
personal information in exchange for services.Often we don’t think about what happens behind the scenes with that
information, but we should!There were
more than 12 million identity fraud victims in 2012.Those who have been affected know the effect
that it can have on your life.It can
take years to resolve and during that time, it can be a nightmare to obtain
credit, needed services, etc.
Here at Florida Skin Center, we take the oath to protect
your personal information very seriously and have policies and procedures in
place to insure that your information is never breached.Our office currently complies with the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and in 11 years of practice,
we have never had a HIPAA breach.In
addition, each team member of FSC is required to sign a confidentiality
agreement and strict training is done before they ever access patient
data.Your information will never be
released without your specific consent, with the exception of health insurance
companies we are filing a claim with or laboratories that your specimen is sent
Also, we are currently in compliance with the new Red Flag
law.This law is in place to protect
consumers mainly from credit card fraud.You may ask, how are we protecting you?At FSC, we only run credit cards where the card holder is present.In addition, your credit card numbers are
never kept on file.Even the receipt
that we keep on file does not show your credit card numbers.Finally, our check-out staff will always
check the ID we have on file to match your credit card information.
At times, it may seem an inconvenience to show your ID, sign
an authorization for medical records, etc.But remember, doing these things only takes minutes, while recovering
your identity can take years!If you
have more questions about how we are keeping your information safe, feel free
to ask one of our highly trained staff members, they will be happy to answer
your questions or concerns.Thank you
for your continued trust!
No, warts are not just for
witches or from kissing frogs. People of all ages and skin types can get
warts. They commonly occur on the hands and feet and are very contagious. Warts
are caused by the Human Papilloma (HPV) virus which is transmitted by skin to
skin contact. You can prevent the risk of spreading warts by taking these
1.Stop picking. By picking or
biting your nails you can spread the wart virus to other areas on your skin.
2.Wash your hands regularly. This is an
easy simple way to reduce your risk of spreading warts.
3.Take your vitamins. Studies
show that taking 50mg of zinc daily can help the body fight off the HPV virus
and prevent it from reoccurring.
4.See your dermatologist. Starting
treatments sooner than later with liquid nitrogen or laser therapy can prevent
the risk of warts spreading.
Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that is estimated to
affect as many as 7.5 million Americans. In fact, psoriasis is the most
common autoimmune condition in the United States. Diagnosed by physical
exam and medical history, this chronic skin condition results when the immune
system sends faulty signals causing skin cells to grow abnormally.
Individuals with psoriasis have skin cells that reproduce in
three to four days, instead of the usual 28 – 30 days. This abnormal
growth cycle results in a buildup of excess skin that the body is unable to
shed, causing inflamed, scaly lesions to appear on the surface.
The most common form of psoriasis is known as plaque
psoriasis. Characterized by reddish patches on the skin, plaque psoriasis
can appear anywhere, with the most common sites being the knees, elbows, lower
back, and scalp. The patches sometimes are covered with a silvery white
coating called scale, which upon becoming inflamed can result in itchy, cracked, and bleeding skin.
Certain triggers or external factors cause psoriasis to
flare. Stress, injury to the skin, certain medications, allergies, diet
and weather trigger the disease and aggravate the skin.
Although psoriasis is recognized as an immune system
disorder, one of the biggest triggers of the disease is stress. When the
body is stressed, the immune system responds with chemicals that result in
inflammation. In psoriasis, an excess of these chemicals is released and
the condition flares. Exercise, meditation, and other mind and body
therapies may help reduce stress and flare-ups.
Psoriasis can also manifest in the nails, resulting in nail
pitting and nail crumbling. Up to 30 percent of people also develop joint
pain, stiffness and swelling, known as psoriatic arthritis.
There are many treatment modalities available to alleviate
the symptoms of the skin disorder. Treatments for psoriasis include
topical therapies, light therapy, and biologics. The treatments for the
condition work to interrupt the cycle that causes the increased production of
skin cells and also works to remove the scales that cover the skin. It is
important for patients to realize that while the signs and symptoms of
psoriasis can be effectively managed, there is no cure for this chronic
disorder. Therefore, taking an active role in managing the disease can
help patient’s skin completely clear, and in turn improving a person’s quality
With psoriasis affecting one in forty people, this painful
and debilitating disease can be reduced with management and several treatment