Wound Care Instructions

BIOPSY WOUND CARE INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Cleanse Take the bandage off after one day. Begin gently cleaning the area once a day with soap and warm water. The shower is a good place to do the cleaning. Step 2: Moisturize Apply Vaseline ointment to keep the wound greasy as wounds heal faster if they do not dry out. Antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin and Bacitracin are universally not recommended because they may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Step 3: Protect Apply a bandage to the site if the ointment will ruin clothing, otherwise, leave wound open but greasy until there is no...

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PhotoDynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment performed with a topical medication called Levulan® that is activated with the specialized BLU-U® light. The PDT system is used to treat actinic keratoses (AKs). AKs are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. Sometimes AKs can develop into dangerous skin cancers. Estimates are that 40% of squamous cell carcinomas, the second leading cause of skin cancer deaths in the U.S., begin as AKs. Step 1: Application of the Levulan Kerastick Topical Solution The first step in the Levulan PDT System is the application...

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Mohs micrographic surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is a treatment for skin cancer. This specialized surgical technique is often used to treat the two most common forms of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Of the available treatment options, Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate for these forms of cancer. Mohs surgery is performed in several steps. First the surgeon marks the outline of the visible part of the skin cancer. Then the area to be treated is numbed with a shot of local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, the surgeon removes the cancer. Then the patient is bandaged and...

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Skin Lesion Biopsies

Skin biopsies are performed to help with the diagnosis of your skin condition. Sometimes, different skin conditions can look similar to the naked eye and if there is suspicion of possible skin cancer, a biopsy will be performed. This process is done by a piece of skin being removed and looked at under the microscope after it has been stained with special coloured dyes in the laboratory by a histotechologist. Why do skin lesions have to be excised? Atypical or irritated moles (nevi) can be removed either by shave excision which involves no suturing or with an elliptical or football-shaped...

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Skin Care & Acne

What Causes Acne? Acne affects more than 90% of all adolescents, nearly 50% of all adult women and 25% of all adults. The secret to managing acne is prevention – stopping this condition before it exhibits visual symptoms. Once you have found an acne treatment that helps you accomplish this, it is important to stick with it. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by anything you’re doing, what you eat or how often you wash your face or work out; but by a combination of factors at work far beneath the surface of your skin. Hormones Extra Sebum ...

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Types of Skin Cancer

Malignant Melanoma Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) Actinic Keratosis (Pre-Cancer) Dysplastic Nevi Malignant Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers. As with Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma , excessive and chronic sun exposure especially sunburn, is a major risk factor melanoma. It begins in melanocytes, the skin cells that produce the dark protective pigment called melanin which makes the skin tan.. Melanoma may appear suddenly or begin in or near a mole, or another dark...

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