Jeffrey J. Heller, D.O.

511 N. Clyde Morris Blvd,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
790 Dunlawton Ave., Suite H
Port Orange, FL 32127

(386) 239-8700

By Heller Dermatology Center
May 18, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rashes  

What your dermatologist in Daytona Beach, Florida wants you to knowrashes

If you’ve ever had a rash, you know how unsightly and uncomfortable rashes can be. Rashes can cover just a small area of your body, or they can cover almost your entire body. Symptoms can range from minor irritation to itching that is almost impossible to ignore. Dr. Jeffrey Heller at Heller Dermatology Center in Daytona Beach, Florida wants to share the facts about rashes. He has offices in both Daytona Beach and Port Orange, Florida to help you.

There are many different causes of rashes. Here are just a few:

  • A hot, humid environment causing blockage of your pores
  • An allergic reaction to foods, plants, pets, and other triggers
  • An allergic reaction to medications, especially antibiotics

One of the most common plant reactions is poison ivy. Once you’ve brushed up against the plant, you may not develop a rash until 12 to 72 hours later. The rash is itchy and can form blisters, streaks or lines, resulting in scaly skin.

An allergic reaction to a medication can cause a red, spotty rash that can cover large areas of your body. Certain medications including diuretics, antibiotics and anti-seizure medications are the most common causes of a drug-related allergic reaction. You may not have a reaction until the first week after beginning the medication.

Dermatitis is a type of rash caused by inflammation of your skin. There are several types of dermatitis, including:

Contact dermatitis, caused by chemical exposure; this rash is dry and doesn’t typically itch.

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, which can appear in the folds of your skin, behind your knees, on your neck, face or trunk.

If you develop a rash, you can try anti-itch lotions, creams or sprays, oatmeal baths, and over-the-counter antihistamines. For stubborn rashes that don’t resolve on their own, it’s best to visit your dermatologist.

Dr. Heller may recommend prescription-strength antihistamines and steroids to relieve itchy symptoms. Other treatments include topical antibiotics or cortisone creams.

Common rashes are an annoying part of life, but you don’t have to let a rash take over! Get some help by calling Dr. Jeffrey Heller of Heller Dermatology Center, with two convenient office locations in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, Florida. Call today!

By Heller Dermatology Center
March 23, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

Are you concerned about a change in a mole? Dr. Jeffrey Heller in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, explains what to look for and molesexplains how mole changes can affect your health.

Is it just my imagination?

If you're like most people, you probably don't spend too much time looking at your moles and may second guess yourself if you do happen to spot changes. Unfortunately, failing to see a dermatologist if you notice a difference in a mole is a bad idea. Mole changes can be a sign that you have a potentially deadly form of skin cancer called melanoma. Monthly self-exams can help you easily spot signs of trouble.

What types of changes could signal a problem?

Any of these changes could indicate that you have a melanoma:

  • Color Changes: Has your mole changed from brown to black, red or another color?
  • Size: Is your mole bigger than a pencil eraser?
  • Changing Borders: Are the edges of the mole rough, irregular or blurred?
  • Unusual Shape: Is your mole any other shape than round or has it increased in height?
  • Texture: Has the mole suddenly become bumpy or is there another type of texture change?
  • Dryness: Is the surface of the mole dry or flaky?
  • Pain and Bleeding: Does the mole hurt or ooze blood or fluids?
  • Itching: Is your mole itchy?
  • Inflammation: Does the skin around the mole look red or swollen?

What's the next step if I notice a problem mole?

If you're concerned about a mole, call Dr. Heller's Port Orange or Daytona Beach office to schedule an appointment. Suspicious moles are generally removed and biopsied to determine if cancerous cells are present. Keep in mind that a change in a mole doesn't necessarily mean that it's cancerous. If you do have melanoma, you will need surgery to ensure that no cancer cells remain in your skin.

Skin cancer surgery used to cause significant scarring, in some cases. Today, skin doctors can often use less destructive Moh's surgery. The surgery preserves healthy tissue and reduces scarring because it removes skin one layer at a time.

Any change in a mole should be examined as soon as possible. Call Dr. Heller at (386) 239-8700 to schedule an appointment in his Port Orange or Daytona Beach, FL, offices.

By Heller Dermatology Center
January 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer is a dangerous condition that can be prevented with proper sun protection and a regular skin evaluation routine. While sun skin cancerprotection is important, sunscreen alone is not enough to prevent skin cancer. Dr. Jeffrey Heller in Daytona Beach, FL, offers these helpful tips to increase your chances of preventing skin cancer.

Prevention Tips

It is best to stay out of the sun during the most dangerous times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be in the sun, cover up as much as possible with a hat, UV-blocking sunglasses and other protective clothing. Always wear a UVA/UVB sunscreen with at least SPF 15. For those that will be in the sun for a long time, use SPF 30 and re-apply every two hours or immediately after sweating or swimming. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before being in the sun.

In terms of home prevention, take time to examine your skin monthly from head to toe and note any changes. Your professional Daytona Beach dermatologist also should evaluate you annually for a full body exam.

Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

As with anything, the sooner something is found, the easier it is to treat. This means that getting to know your skin and understanding the changes with it is the most important step toward skin cancer prevention.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Changes in the shape of mole
  • Changes in the size of mole
  • If pus or discharge is present
  • Does the spot hurt?
  • Is the area dry or scaly?
  • Do I have raised red patches that might itch?
  • Do my growths have raised edges?
  • Do I have open sores that won’t heal?

Schedule an Annual Dermatologist Exam Today

Scheduling an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Heller, your Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist at Heller Dermatology Center, increases your chances of diagnosing skin cancer early on. He can thoroughly inspect your skin for any signs of skin cancer and teach you self-exam tips. To schedule your appointment, call (386) 239-8700.

By Heller Dermatology Center
December 01, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: rash  

Try these easy at-home remedies for handling your rash and find out when a rash may need proper medical attention.

Most of the time a rash isn’t a cause for concern. Sure, it can be unattractive or a nuisance but rarely is it serious; however, if you are rashdealing with a rash that is tender, itchy or red, then our Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, has some helpful tips for how to handle your symptoms.

It’s important to leave the rash alone whenever possible. This means that you shouldn’t pick or scratch at it, as it will only make the issue worse. While you may believe you are keeping the rash protected by wrapping or bandaging it, you want to actually keep it exposed to air as much as you can.

If the rash is itchy you can apply cool, wet towels to the rash a couple of times a day to ease these symptoms. Avoid the sun, strenuous physical activity or other situations that could cause you to overheat, as this can make symptoms worse. Consider an oatmeal bath, which can be soothing to itchy skin. Replace wool and itchy synthetic fabrics for light breathable ones that won’t exacerbate your rash, like cotton.

You can try over-the-counter lotions like calamine to help with rashes that are caused by poison ivy or oak. You can even try hydrocortisone cream for rashes caused by dermatitis. Sometimes taking an oral medication like Benadryl can work wonders for an itchy, uncomfortable rash.

So, when does a rash warrant a visit to your Port Orange and Daytona Beach skin doctor?

  • If the rash is painful
  • If the rash persists and doesn’t get any better in a few days
  • If you notice other symptoms like fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat or joint pain
  • If the rash has pus
  • If skin is also red, swollen or there is severe peeling
  • If there are blisters within the rash
  • If the rash keeps getting worse
  • If the rash affects your daily activities
  • If at-home methods just aren’t working

If you are dealing with any rash-related issues don’t hesitate to turn to the experts at Heller Dermatology Center in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL for an effective treatment. Not all rashes can be treated from the comfort of your own home, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you ever have any skin concerns.

By Heller Dermatology Center
October 07, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   skin care   skin types  

It’s important to tailor your skincare regimen to your specific skin type. Find out what might be missing from your current skincare type

While it might just seem as simple as washing your face twice a day there is more to taking care of your skin then meets the eye. In fact, any old product that you buy from the drugstore just won’t cut it. If you want to maintain fresh, healthy-looking skin then you need to know more about your skin type and how to care for it. We turn to our very own Daytona Beach, FL dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, to find out more about caring for your skin type.

First thing is first. Forget what you may have read in magazines about your skin type. While oily, dry or sensitive skin types do exist, it’s a little more complicated than that. There are other issues that also affect your skin type, from acne and clogged pores to sun damage. These skin types also don’t account for just how severe your oily or dry skin may actually be. Yes, it may seem confusing but our Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL skin doctor is here to demystify this information for you.

Determining Your Skin Type

A great test for determining your skin type is to first wash your face and then apply a gentle toner. Wait at least 15 minutes and then look in the mirror to see how your skin is responding:

  • Are you already starting to notice oil? Then you have oily skin.
  • Does skin feel tight, itchy or dry? Then you have dry skin.
  • Is the T-zone (nose, forehead and chin area) oily while the rest of your face is dry? Then you have combination skin.
  • Do you notice any stinging, tingling or redness? Then you may have sensitive skin.

Caring for Your Skin in Port Orange and Daytona Beach

Now that you know how to figure out your skin type it’s important that the products you use reflect this. The texture of the product is an important part of what products you use. For example:

  • If you have dry skin you will want to use thicker, creamier products that will help rehydrate the skin.
  • If you have oily skin you will want to find thinner, gel-like products that contain words like “non-comedogenic”, which means that the product won’t clog pores.
  • If you have combination skin you will want to use products that cater to both dry and oily skin. Use the thicker-textured products for dry patches while opting for thinner, lighter products for the oily regions.
  • If you have sensitive skin look for products that are specifically tailored to sensitive skin types. Products should be fragrance-free and free of any harsh chemicals. Always try a new product on a small patch of skin to see how it will react before fully applying to you face.

Whether you have questions about your skincare regimen or you want to find a great acne-fighting treatment, don’t hesitate to turn to our Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL dermatology office for the professional TLC your skin deserves.

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Dermatologist in Daytona Beach, FL Heller Dermatology Center 511 N. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 239-8700