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Find out everything you need to know about canker sore causes and treatments.
Canker sores are small painful ulcers that appear in the mouth. You may find that your canker sore makes it difficult to eat or talk without experiencing pain. If you are experiencing sores in the mouth that you think could be canker sores, find out what might be causing this pesky little problem and what you can do to reduce your symptoms and eliminate this mouth ulcer.
Canker Sore Causes
Unfortunately experts are unsure about what causes canker sores; however, it’s been speculated that either stress or injury to the oral tissues can bring about canker sores. Some canker sores may be brought about by other health disorders that weaken the immune system.
It’s important to note that canker sores and cold sores are not the same thing. A virus known as herpes simplex type 1 causes cold sores, and these sores occur outside the mouth. Canker sores, on the other hand, can be brought on by multiple factors, and appear only inside the mouth.
Canker Sore Symptoms
The most obvious symptom is a painful sore or ulcer that appears in the mouth, whether on the tongue, the roof of the mouth or inside of the cheeks. You may also notice a burning or tingling sensation a couple days before the sore manifests. The sore is usually round or oval in nature, with a red border and a white, grey or yellow center.
Canker Sore Treatments
The majority of canker sores will go away on their own without any kind of treatment; however, if you experience pain for more than a few days you may want to talk to your dermatologist about a corticosteroid cream or prescription medication that could help alleviate your symptoms.
If you suspect that you have a canker sore talk to your dermatologist about the most effective defense against canker sores and whether there are certain things you can do to prevent this condition from recurring. Call us today!
What are cold sores and what can you do to relieve your symptoms?
Most people who have had cold sores often know when they are about to appear. The tingling and burning sensation around the mouth is often the first indicator that a cold sore is imminent. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of Americans have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), which causes cold sores. If you have cold sores then you are probably wondering more about this condition, how to treat it and what it means for your health.
What are the symptoms of cold sores?
Symptoms often stick around for about two to three weeks. Besides experiencing oral sores around the mouth, people may also experience flulike symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and fatigue. These oral sores will often appear as tiny blisters that break open and scab over.
When should I see a doctor about cold sores?
While cold sores often don’t warrant a trip to the dermatologist, there are certain times when it might be advisable. These sores can be painful, so if you find it difficult to eat or talk then you will want to talk to your doctor about the best ways to alleviate the pain to make eating easier. The last thing you want to deal with is dehydration on top of an outbreak.
If these oral sores look different from other cold sore outbreaks, then it’s also worth seeing your dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or chemotherapy should also see their dermatologist to prevent further complications.
What treatments are available for cold sores?
While many cold sores will go away without the need for treatment, if you are experiencing pain we may prescribe a topical anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. There are also overthe-counter treatments that speed up healing and reduce pain. However, for those with severe infections your dermatologist may also prescribe an oral antiviral medication.
Those with weak immune systems and those who become dehydrated as a result of cold sores may need to go to the hospital to prevent further problems and to receive oral antivirals.
While you cannot cure the virus that causes cold sores, there are certainly ways to reduce your symptoms. Talk to your dermatologist to find out more!
At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL, our providers are committed to providing our patients with the most effective and up-to-date skin treatments. Photodynamic (PDT) therapy is one such regimen. PDT combines scientifically proven light and chemical based treatments to provide unprecedented results for a variety of skin ailments and conditions. You can learn more about PDT here.
How does PDT work?
While chemical treatments and laser light therapies work well on their own, they have their limitations. But with photodynamic therapy, these two treatments are combined to make one highly effective, non-invasive remedy. By applying a special photosensitizing solution to your skin an hour or more before your treatment, your Delray Beach dermatologist is making the targeted skin cells more responsive to the light therapy. In just one or two treatments, you may achieve healthier and more youthful-looking skin.
What does PDT treat?
PDT has many benefits that have been well-documented. Inflammatory conditions such as acne and rosacea respond very well to the combination of light and chemicals. Sun-damaged skin is also greatly improved using this method. Even precancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis, some of which may be too small to be seen, can be targeted and removed. PDT not only treats these medical problems; it also offers cosmetic benefits, leaving the skin smoother and more even-toned with no scarring.
What happens after PDT?
The proper aftercare of photodynamic therapy is very important. Because the chemical solution makes the skin extremely sensitive to light and remains active for a time, your Delray Beach dermatologist will give you specific instructions to avoid sunlight in any form for at least 48 hours after your appointment. Sunscreen, hats, scarves and sunglasses should be worn to protect the treatment area, which will be prone to redness and peeling for up to a week following your PDT therapy.
If your skin needs rejuvenation, the staff at Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery wants to help you! Contact our office in Delray Beach, FL, to schedule a consultation about photodynamic therapy today!
Turn back the clock! You can restore your youthful appearance with dermal fillers. Dr. Brian Feinstein, located in Delray Beach, FL offers a variety of dermal fillers to meet patients' individual needs. Dermal fillers are one of the most popular, non-surgical treatments used today to improve many concerns. Lift, smooth and fill your way to natural-looking, long lasting results.
Here are the top 4 benefits of dermal fillers.
#1- Treat Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm Volbella and Restylane are used as an effective treatment for fine line and wrinkles. Dermal fillers will smooth away wrinkles by replacing the collagen lost due to natural aging or skin damage. Results are seen immediately with “INSTANT GRATIFICATION.” Treatments can be done in less than 30 minutes with results that can last 12 months and beyond.
#2- Enhance Your Lips
Your Delray Beach Dermatologist also uses dermal fillers to smooth away fine lines and restore volume loss of the lips. When using Hyaluronic acid injectables, Dr. Brian Feinstein can softly enhance the appearance by adding volume, structure and shape with long-lasting results up to 12 months.
#3- Lift, Contour and Define Your Cheeks
As we age we lose volume and elasticity which can lead to a flat, sunken appearance. Dermal fillers can be used to restore mid-face volume loss and allow for a more youthful appearance.
#4- Diminish Acne Scars
Finally, have your acne under control and want to improve unwanted scars? Dermal Fillers can help reduce the appearance of scars by lifting the depression of the scar and softening the appearance. This can also lead to improvement in the texture of the skin.
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Call Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery at 1-887-357-DERM and schedule your complimentary consultation in Delray Beach, FL. With dermal fillers, you will look as wonderful as you feel!
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Fortunately, it rarely develops without warning, and the number of fatalities caused by melanoma could be greatly reduced if people were aware of the early signs and took time to examine their skin. With early diagnosis and treatment, your chance of recovery from melanoma is very good.
What Causes Melanoma?
The main cause of melanoma is too much skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays from the sun and tanning booths can damage skin cells, causing the cells to grow abnormally. The best way to prevent melanoma is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun, wearing hats and protective clothing when possible and generously applying sunscreen.
Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including the soles of your feet or your fingernails. In women, melanoma is most often seen on the lower legs, and in men, it most commonly forms on the upper back.
Anyone can get melanoma, but people with the following traits are at a higher risk:
- Fair skin
- Excessive sun exposure during childhood
- Family history of melanoma
- More than 50 moles on the skin
- Several freckles
- Sun-sensitive skin that rarely tans or burns easily
Melanoma can appear suddenly as a new mole, or it can grow slowly, near or in an existing mole. The most common early signs of melanoma are:
- An open sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens
- A mole or growth that takes on an uneven shape, grows larger or changes in color or texture
- An existing mole that continues to bleed, itch, hurt, scab or fade
Because melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body, it is important to find melanoma as early as possible. The best way to detect changes in your moles and skin markings is by doing self-examinations regularly. If you find suspicious moles, have them checked by your dermatologist.
Visiting your dermatologist for a routine exam is also important. During this skin cancer "screening," your dermatologist will discuss your medical history and inspect your skin from head to toe, recording the location, size and color of any moles. Melanoma may be the most serious form of skin cancer, but it is also very curable when detected early.