Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses black lines under fingernails which may be a sign of melanoma

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses black lines under fingernails which may be a sign of melanoma

You may come across a skin imperfection or mark that you think is harmless but could be a sign of something more serious. One example of this is black or dark colored lines under fingernails which could be benign or a sign of something more serious. Dr. Joel Schlessinger discussed the issue with ScarySymptoms.com in the article “Normal Black Line Under Fingernail vs. Melanoma Streak.”

Dark lines can be caused by skin conditions such as psoriasis or injury, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Splinters or dark streaks under nails can occur when microscopic areas of bleeding happen and allow blood to settle under the nail,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “This also occurs in psoriasis where nail deformities are common.”

Discoloration caused by blood under the nails or a condition such as psoriasis is not harmful. The mark should fade over time without damaging the natural nail. Genes may also play a part in the appearance of these marks because heredity is one of the main causes.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says the discolored marks may be a sign of melanoma.

If a dark mark appears underneath your nail and no injury could have caused it, it may be a sign of melanoma.

“A dark streak or area of the nail with dark discoloration can be a sign of melanoma and should be evaluated if there is no reason that trauma could have caused it,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “The dark streak from melanoma is due to actual cells being grown in the nail area or under the nail.”

Melanoma marks are usually thicker than marks caused by blood or injury under the nails. The marks will also progress rather than fade over time. If you experience any marks underneath your nails, have them checked out by a dermatologist.

Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger any questions in the comments section!

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses bleeding moles with ScarySymptoms.com

Dr. Schlessinger discusses bleeding moles with ScarySymptoms.com

While most skin irregularities are harmless, you can never be too careful when it comes to a bleeding mole. In a recent article with ScarySymptoms.com called “Does A Bleeding Mole Always Mean Cancer?” Dr. Schlessinger shares some important information about how to keep skin safe in the long-run.

A bleeding mole should be evaluated, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If you are experiencing a bleeding mole, there’s a good chance that it is simply irritated, “especially if it was in the way of scratching,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Still, a mole that bleeds persistently requires a dermatologist’s care. “…if you continue to have bleeding, [the mole] should definitely be evaluated, as a dermatologist can remove the mole and keep it from happening in the future.”

A routine evaluation is also a good opportunity to determine if a mole is cancerous or at risk for developing cancer. Even if a bleeding mole appears normal, your physician will likely opt to perform a biopsy on it once it is removed just to be certain that it is benign.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how skin cancer can cause bleeding.

A bleeding mole or skin irregularity is a leading symptom of all types of skin cancer, including the deadliest form, melanoma. “[Moles] bleed due to fragile skin that occurs when the normal pattern of skin regeneration and protection is disrupted by cancer,” Dr. Schlessinger states.

Though melanoma isn’t typically detected in small moles, it is impossible to tell whether a mole is good or bad based on size alone, or on any other physical attributes. Aside from limiting sun exposure, early detection is the single best preventative measure for skin cancer. Scheduling routine checkups with your dermatologist is key to keeping skin healthy.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses itchy, small blisters on fingers with ScarySymptoms.com

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses itchy, small blisters on fingers with ScarySymptoms.com
When unexpected skin care symptoms arise, it can be hard to determine if what you’re experiencing is harmless or serious. ScarySymptoms.com explains thousands of different symptoms and what you need to know, complete with expert knowledge. In the website’s latest entry, Dr. Joel Schlessinger covered how to care for small, itchy blisters on fingers.

Itchy blisters on fingers aren’t the same as other blisters, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Blisters can be caused by a variety of injuries including burns, frostbite, spider bites, pinching and some infections. Small, itchy blisters on fingers aren’t a sign of injury, but rather a form of eczema.

“Itchy, small blisters on the fingers are often simply a condition called dyshidrotic eczema, a form of dry or irritated skin,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Although these blisters can be itchy and uncomfortable, a hands-off approach is best in the long run.

“It is important not to pick at them or open them up, as that can result in more issues and prolonged irritation,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to treat these bothersome blisters.

There are treatment products available that can help minimize the itching and irritation that accompany these blisters.

“Try to moisturize them or use a topical steroid if available such as FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares. “This can result in improvement, but if there is a continued irritant such as handwashing, detergents or a contact allergy to rings or clothes, these will have to be avoided to allow the area to improve.”

Additionally, never pop any blister on your body as this can prevent healing.

“Many times I am asked what the ‘water’ or ‘fluid’ is inside of the blisters,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “This is only serum (a form of infection or trauma-fighting fluid) that is sent to heal the area. Opening up the area or washing it away delays healing, so it is best to avoid unroofing the blisters.”

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Joel Schlessinger MD shares how to deal with frizzy hair in the summer

Joel Schlessinger MD shares how to deal with frizzy hair in the summer

Summertime means heat, humidity and other factors that can cause frizzy, unmanageable hair. To combat frizziness, you can use products and techniques that create smooth, silky hair. Joel Schlessinger MD shared some tips with Today Style that will keep strands manageable in the summer heat.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends that you skip shampooing every day.

Your scalp naturally produces oil which helps condition hair and shampoo strips this oil from the scalp. Shampooing every day can actually be detrimental because it dries out strands which makes them more prone to frizz.

On days when you do shampoo, use a sulfate-free formula that will not dry out hair. At least once a week, use a deep treatment mask such as Rene Furterer KARITE Intense Nourishing Mask to keep hair smooth and less prone to frizz.

After shampooing and conditioning, protect your hair against heat and humidity, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Blow drying and heat styling hair makes your strands more prone to breakage and damage which leads to frizz. Always apply a heat protectant such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray before you begin styling your hair. The formula protects against damage and creates a sleeker, smoother style.

Once you’re done styling, avoid touching your hair as much as possible. Constantly fixing your hair throughout the day can cause frizz which is harder to deal with once the hair is dry. Just apply a lightweight hairspray and let your hair be.

What’s your trick for dealing with frizzy hair? Let us know in the comments section!