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SKIN PATHOLOGY

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Pathology Processing and Diagnosis

Skin specimens will be sent to Inform Diagnostics (formerly Miraca Life Sciences) for pathology processing and diagnosis. They will send you a separate bill for their services. Please contact Inform Diagnostics Billing at 800-344-1160 with any pathology billing questions.

If your insurance company requires that we use other labs, these labs will file your insurance directly. You will be responsible for your deductible and co-insurance.

ACNE

Acne (acne vulgaris) is a very common skin condition, especially among teenagers and young adults. Acne is characterized by pimples and/or blackheads, as well as redness and tenderness of the skin. This occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne typically affects the skin of the face, back, and upper chest.

Almost everyone will suffer from acne at some point in their lives, especially during puberty, when hormonal changes stimulate sebaceous oil glands that are attached to hair follicles. Acne can also affect children before puberty and adults after puberty. Genetics are the largest factor in the severity of acne, but acne can be worsened by other factors, including certain medications, cosmetics, and exposure to bacteria.

For mild acne, a mild cleanser and moisturizer will typically help it to clear up on its own. It is also crucial to never pop or pick at pimples or blackheads, which can cause the acne to worsen and last longer and can even lead to scarring. For moderate to severe acne, over-the-counter or prescription medications may be necessary. Acne can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, or topical antiseptics. If you or your child is suffering from acne, schedule an appointment with us today.

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SKIN CANCER

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells that typically develops on areas that are exposed to the sun. There are several different types of skin cancer. The most common are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma often appears as a waxy or shiny raised area of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma can appear as a red nodule or flattened, scaly lesion on the skin. Melanoma can take many forms and can develop anywhere on your body. Existing moles that have changed in color or size, or that bleed, may have become cancerous. If you have any abnormalities on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible.

To reduce your risk of skin cancer, limit your exposure to the sun, use a high SPF sunscreen, and wear hats, sunglasses and long sleeves and pants while you are outdoors. Check your skin regularly for any changes and visit a dermatologist if you notice anything unusual on your skin. Early detection of skin cancer increases the chances of successful treatment. If you suspect that you may have skin cancer, make an appointment with us today.

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by red patches of dry, scaly skin that may be itchy or even painful. Psoriasis speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, which causes the excess cells to build up on the skin, forming scales. There are several different types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis, nail psoriasis, guttate psoriasis and inverse psoriasis. Most types of psoriasis come and go in cycles, flaring up for several weeks or months and then subsiding for an extended time or going into remission.

There is no cure for psoriasis, but the symptoms can be managed. Moisturizing, not smoking, and limiting stress can help with symptoms of psoriasis. Topical treatments, light therapy and prescription medications can also alleviate symptoms. Psoriasis flare-ups can often be triggered by infections, skin injuries, heavy consumption of alcohol, certain medications, and vitamin D deficiencies. Identifying and eliminating these factors can help reduce psoriasis outbreaks.

If you are suffering from psoriasis, we can help. We will determine the appropriate treatment plan for you depending on the type of psoriasis, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history. If you have any questions about psoriasis treatments, please call our office for more information.