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By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
March 18, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Mole  

When you have a mole, you may question whether or not it should be removed. Mole removal in Santa Monica, CA is something that the doctors at Santa Monica Dermatology Group specialize in. They can certainly put your mind at rest about any fears that you may have.

What is a mole?

A mole is a common skin growth. They are usually dark spots that have well-defined edges. They often appear in childhood.  Moles are quite normal and, on average, most light-skinned people have about 30 of them. It is a rare person who has none. They are nothing you need to worry about unless they change in a bad way.

What changes are bad in a mole? 

Moles that develop during childhood tend to grow as a child grows, they also change color, lightening, or darkening. These are normal changes. Some changes, however, can be signs of melanoma and these changes are bad. If, as an adult, you develop a new mole or a mole you have had for a long time grows larger or changes shape, this can be a cause for concern. If your mole bleeds or gets itchy, this is not a good thing and you should make an appointment to talk to a dermatologist. 

When should you remove a mole?

If a mole is bothering you even if it hasn't changed or caused you any problems, then you should have it removed. If a mole shows any signs that it might be melanoma, get it removed. 

How is a mole removed?

If you are looking for mole removal in Santa Monica, CA, contact a dermatologist, don't try to remove it yourself. You can cause scarring or get an infection. It is very easy to have a mole removed with a simple excision or surgically shaving the mole off. It is a quick and painless procedure. Once the mole is removed, it can be examined under a microscope to make sure there are no cancerous cells. If that is the case, you will not need any further treatment. If there are cancer cells, your dermatologist will discuss the next step.  

When it comes to mole removal in Santa Monica, CA, you can count on the doctors at Santa Monica Dermatology Group to provide you with the information and the services you need. Contact the office at 310-829-4484 to make an appointment for a consultation to answer any concerns you may have about mole removal or the moles you have.

By Santa Monica Dermatology Group
November 10, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Skin Problems  

Yes, even kids deal with skin issues. Here’s what you can do about it.

Skin problems don’t just affect teens and adults. In fact, babies and young children can also deal with a variety of dermatological conditions that our Santa Monica, CA, dermatologists can diagnose and treat when necessary. Here are the most common types of skin problems in children and how to handle them.

Viral Skin Infections

It is possible that your child’s skin problems are due to a viral infection. While some of these infections will go away on their own, others require immediate medical attention.

One of the most common types of viral skin rashes is known as pityriasis rosea, which is completely harmless and doesn’t usually require treatment. It causes mild red spots or patches on the trunk of the body that lasts several weeks and will go away once the body fights the infection.

However, if your child develops itchy or inflamed skin lesions or sores on their body, it’s important that you talk with your child’s dermatologist. The good news is that many of these infections such as measles and chickenpox can be prevented by getting your child vaccinated.

Parasitic Skin Infections

Many parasitic infections are contagious, making this type of infection more common among school-aged children. Common parasitic skin infections include scabies and lice. Common symptoms associated with scabies include severe itching, a small pustule-like rash and crusted skin. Lice tend to infect the scalp and may result in intense itching. Both can be treated with medication.

Fungal Infections

Fungus lives all around us, so it’s actually fairly easy to pick up a fungal infection. Common childhood fungal infections include tinea versicolor and ringworm. Tinea versicolor will cause dark or white patches of skin, typically on the chest or stomach. Ringworm often causes a red, circular raised lesion that itches. It’s also possible for children to develop fungal infections within the nails, which can lead to brittle, thickening or yellowing nails.

Dermatitis

Sometimes red, itchy dry patches of skin may be caused by atopic dermatitis or eczema. Dermatitis is also responsible for diaper rash. Most children will grow out of this condition. In the meantime, it’s important to find out what triggers your child’s symptoms so you can avoid flare-ups. This is something that your dermatologist can help you determine.

If you are concerned about a worrisome rash or other skin problems your child is dealing with don’t hesitate to call Santa Monica Dermatology Group at (310) 829-4484 or book an appointment online.