Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hidden Allergens

Allergy season is in full swing in SW Florida.  We all know pollen, molds, and grass can cause allergies to flare, but a recent article pointed to hidden allergens you may not be aware of.  In fact, as the article mentions, you can develop an allergy to a product you have used for years.  If you are genetically susceptible to an allergy, a reaction can occur to a product, such as a lotion, even after years of use.  
Below is an overview of allergens you may find surprising:

-          Antibiotic and Anti-itch creams – A topical antibiotic, neomycin, is often present in these creams.  Many people have an allergy to this product and using these creams can worsen a rash or wound.

-          House plants – Very few people think to clean the plants in their house.  However, plants can develop mold, a potential allergen, just like all other surfaces.

-          Escalator railings – Railings are made of a natural rubber or latex which can cause a rash in susceptible people.

-          Artificial nails – Many of the chemicals found in nail polish can cause irritation.   In fact, people with allergies to their artificial nails often develop a rash around the eyes, from rubbing the nails on the face.

-          Nickel – Most people with a nickel allergy know to avoid the metal in clothing and jewelry.  However, nickel can also be found in food.  Susceptible people can develop systemic systems following the consumption of these products.

If you develop a rash, it is always prudent to see your skin care provider for evaluation.  Your provider can help determine if the rash is allergic.  At FSC, we even perform allergy testing for various environmental and food allergens to help elucidate the cause of the symptoms.

See the link to the full article below for a complete listing of these sneaky allergens.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Help. I am too Old for Acne

Help. I Am Too Old for Acne

We hear a lot of complaints from women in their 40s and 50s who are still suffering from acne. If you suffer from adult onset acne you are not alone.  Recent studies have shown that acne affects 50% of females between the ages of 20-29 and 25% of females between the ages of 40-49. 

Most over the counter acne medications are geared towards teenagers with acne.  The active ingredients in a majority of these OTC products are salicylic and benzyl peroxides, which can be too harsh for mature skin. They often irritate the skin causing acne to get worse. 

Treatments have come a long way in helping to treat adult onset acne.  Prescription medications specifically meant for adult acne are often very effective.  Other treatments are also helpful such as chemical peels and lasers. Sometimes just getting on a good skin regimen for mature skin is all that is needed.  You do not have to suffer anymore.  Ask your dermatology provider how they can help.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Number of Tanning Facilities Growing Rapidly in South Florida

Living in the sunshine state, we are constantly exposed to the harsh rays of the sun.  It can be difficult to practice sun safety precautions to avoid the dangers of the sun, just on a daily basis.  However, even with all the sun Floridians receive, the number of indoor tanning beds continues to increase dramatically.  Shockingly, there are more facilities licensed for indoor tanning than McDonald’s fast food restaurants in Florida!  Numerous studies have demonstrated the increase in melanoma cases, yet the number of tanning facilities continues to increase.  These tanning facilities are often specifically marketed to college students.  Research continues to demonstrate the danger of tanning beds, with a study from2012 estimating indoor tanning results in 170,000 cases of skin cancer in the US alone!  People who use tanning beds are 67% more likely to develop squamous cell cancer and 25% more likely to develop basal cell cancer.  Tanning beds present an even larger cancer risk for people under the age of 25.  Just one indoor tanning session greatly increases a person’s risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer.  Many states have passed legislation banning indoor tanning for minors.  However, Florida has lagged behind on this effort.  With this alarming increase in skin cancer rates and indoor tanning facilities, it is imperative people are aware of the dangers even one indoor tanning session represents.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Congratulations Dr. Badia !

Congratulations are in order. We are proud to announce that Dr. Badia is now also board certified in Pediatric Dermatology.   A pediatric dermatologist is a dermatologist who has additional training and expertise in the evaluation and management of skin diseases which occur more commonly or exclusively in children. Examples include: all types of birthmarks, neonatal dermatology, genodermatoses, pediatric infections or inflammatory processes and skin diseases in children with complex medical conditions requiring coordinated multispecialty care.   
Dr. Badia is the only board certified pediatric dermatologist in Lee County.  This is quite an accomplishment that only a hand full of dermatologists achieve nationally.