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

Posts for category: Dermatology

By Heller Dermatology Center
June 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

skin cancer moleIf you’re at a higher risk of skin diseases like melanoma or carcinoma, it’s important that you watch the moles on your skin. Abnormal cells can grow inside of moles, even if they’ve been fine for many years. If a mole suddenly starts changing in appearance, schedule an urgent checkup with a Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist at the Heller Dermatology Center.

About Moles
Moles, sometimes called birthmarks, are small groupings of cells that look different from the rest of the skin. They can be dark colored or reddish in appearance. Some are slightly raised while others are flush with the skin. Some moles are present since birth (congenital), some appear in the adolescent years, and others show up later in life. Virtually everyone has at least one mole and most people have anywhere from 10 to 40 in various places.

Mole Concerns
Most moles are harmless and don’t need constant monitoring, but some need special attention, especially when a patient is at a higher risk of skin cancer. A normal mole will remain unchanged in appearance and is painless. Some moles slowly disappear with time. But when a mole begins to increase in size, change colors, or feel painful, that is a cause for concern. It’s a sign that the cells, called melanocytes, may be changing abnormally. An urgent skin exam by your Port Orange and Daytona Beach dermatologist should be the next step. 

What to Watch For
Dermatologists use an acronym called “ABCDE” to determine if a mole may be abnormal. Here is what to check for:

- Asymmetry (meaning that if you drew a line down the center, one side would not look like the other).
- Border irregularities (the edges of the mole look strange or undefined)
- Color changes or differences (a normal mole is one color).
- Diameter (a mole should not grow in size, which is why it’s wise to measure its diameter regularly).
- Evolving (one mole that evolves in any other way, including crusting, itching, or bleeding).

Is It Time for a Skin Checkup? 
Your Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist will confirm if a mole needs special attention. It’s up to you to schedule a checkup at the first sign of a potential issue. Call (386) 239-8700 today to schedule a skin appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Heller at the Heller Dermatology Center.

By Heller Dermatology Center
May 04, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

It’s important to recognize the warning signs that a mole might be cancerous.moles

Whether you spent years lathering on suntan oil and lounging in the sun or your family has a history of melanoma, it’s important to be aware of risk factors that could increase your chances of developing skin cancer. Furthermore, you should also take time to really get to know your skin so if changes do arise that you can immediately turn to our Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, for care.

So, what are the warning signs that a mole might be taking a turn toward skin cancer?

It’s important that you are examining your own skin about once a month to look for suspicious moles or growth. If you are regularly performing self-skin exams you are going to be more likely to detect issues right away when problems are easier to treat. Even though you’ll want to pay the most attention to areas of the body that are more likely to be exposed to the sun like the head, face, arms and hands it’s still important to examine every area of your body (even in places you wouldn’t expect like your scalp or between your toes).

When examining your skin it’s important to remember your ABCDEs. If you notice a mole that has any of these warning signs then it’s important to call our Daytona Beach and Port Orange skin doctor right away:

  • Asymmetry: If one side of the mole is a different shape or size than the other side (draw an imaginary line down the center of the mole. Both sides should be even in shape and size)
  • Border: The mole has a blurry, uneven or poorly defined border
  • Color: The mole contains multiple colors or different shades of brown, black, white, or red
  • Diameter: The mole is bigger than the eraser end of a pencil
  • Evolving: Your mole is changing color, shape or size over time (healthy moles should stay relatively the same and shouldn’t change)

Of course, if you do have a suspicious mole that is displaying one of these issues this doesn’t necessarily mean that you might have melanoma. In fact, sometimes melanoma doesn’t follow these rules at all, which is why you should schedule a skin cancer screening once a year just to play it safe. Even those with little to no risk factors for skin cancer should still get screened.

If in doubt, don’t hesitate to turn to our dedicated and caring dermatological team for the care your skin deserves. We offer locations in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, to serve you better. Schedule your skin cancer screening today!

By Heller Dermatology Center
March 07, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Today's innovative treatment techniques make facing a skin cancer diagnosis much less frightening. Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. skin cancerJeffrey Heller explains how skin cancer is diagnosed and treated.

How can I tell if I have skin cancer?

You may have skin cancer if you have:

  • Sores that don't heal
  • Shiny bumps that look like warts or pimples, but never seem to go away
  • Patches of dry, flaky skin that remain no matter what you do to treat them
  • Changes in moles (Moles that change color or size, bleed, are larger than a pencil eraser or develop irregular borders should be evaluated.)

Many of these signs can be very subtle. After all, most of us get pimples or notice dry skin occasionally. If you realize that you've had a spot or patch of flaky skin for more than a few weeks, it's time to schedule an appointment with our Daytona office. Changes to moles should be reported as soon as you notice them.

When you visit the office, we'll remove either the entire bump, spot or mole, or a portion of it, and send it to a laboratory for a biopsy. You'll receive a topical anesthetic before we remove the sample and won't experience any pain during the procedure.

What happens if I have skin cancer?

Should the biopsy reveal that you have skin cancer, we may recommend one of these treatments depending on the type and stage of cancer:

  • Topical Medications: Applying a prescription topical medication daily for six weeks can remove skin cancers confined to the outer skin layers. The medication works by triggering your immune system to make a chemical that kills skin cancer cells.
  • Cryosurgery: Liquid nitrogen freezes and kills the cancerous cells. Skin treated with liquid nitrogen blisters and eventually flakes away, taking cancerous cells with it.
  • Curettage and Electrodesiccation: After the cancerous cells are scraped off the skin with a metal instrument, a gentle electrical current is used to kill any lingering skin cancer cells.
  • Surgical Excision: Your dermatologist uses a scalpel to remove cancerous cells and a margin of healthy cells around the growth or spot. Additional surgeries may be necessary if a biopsy reveals that cancerous cells are still present.
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Mohs surgery results in less scarring and less damage to healthy skin than surgical excision because the skin is removed layer by layer. After removing one layer, your dermatologist examines the cells with a microscope. Additional layers are removed one-by-one until there are no longer any cancerous cells present.
  • Radiation Treatment: Radiation treatment may be used to kill remaining cancer cells after other treatments or to treat cancer that has returned. It may also be recommended if you have cancer on the ear, eyelid or another area that's difficult to reach.

Prompt treatment is essential if you have skin cancer. Call Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Heller at (386) 239-8700 to schedule your appointment.

By Heller Dermatology Center
December 04, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rashes  

What your skin doctor in Daytona Beach and Port Orange wants you to knowrash

Rashes can be irritating. Fortunately, there are some effective remedies you can try to get rid of a rash. Many rashes will go away by themselves after a few days, once the cause of the rash is determined. There are many types of rashes, which can appear over different areas of your body. Dr. Jeffrey Heller at Heller Dermatology Center in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL wants to share his knowledge about rashes and what you can do to get relief.

Many everyday experiences can cause a rash, including:

  • Exposure to hot, humid surroundings; this can cause blocked pores which can result in a rash.
  • Allergies to plants, pets, foods, and other allergens; poison ivy is a common plant allergy which can erupt 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Poison ivy causes a blistery rash, streaks or lines, causing dry, scaly skin.
  • Allergies to medications, usually antibiotics; medication-allergy related rashes are usually spotty and red and can cover large areas of your body. A rash or other allergy symptom may not show up until you’ve taken the medication for at least a week.

There are also rashes that are associated with skin inflammation. These rashes are known as dermatitis and come in a few types including:

  • Contact dermatitis, which is dry and doesn’t itch; contact dermatitis is typically caused by exposure to a chemical.
  • Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema; this dermatitis is usually found in skin folds, behind your knees, or on your neck or face.

Over-the-counter products can be very effective to get relief from rashes. You can try:

  • Anti-itch sprays, lotions or creams
  • Oatmeal baths like Aveeno
  • Antihistamine medications

If your rash is severe or doesn’t respond to over-the-counter remedies, you need the help of an expert like Dr. Heller. He may suggest:

  • Prescription strength antihistamine medications
  • Steroid medications to relieve itching
  • Creams or lotions containing antibiotics or cortisone

Don’t suffer with an annoying rash when help is just a phone call away. For more information about rashes and other skin treatments, call Dr. Heller of Heller Dermatology Center in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL. Call today and get relief!

By Heller Dermatology Center
October 05, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rosacea  

Would you like to decrease your rosacea flare-ups? Our Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, discusses rosacearosacea triggers and explains treatment options.

Why do flare-ups occur?

Rosacea flare-ups can for a variety of reasons, including the weather in Daytona Beach and Port Orange. Exposure to the sun, wind, humidity and both and hot and cold temperatures can trigger redness, pimples, eye irritation and the formation of small blood vessels. Anything that generates heat, such as hot baths or the warmth generated by heating systems, can trigger flare-ups. You may also be more likely to experience symptoms if you feel stressed, use irritating skin products, consume alcohol, participate in strenuous exercise, eat spicy foods or drink hot beverages.

What can I do to minimize rosacea flare-ups?

Mild, non-irritating facial cleansers are a must if you have rosacea. After you wash your face, rinse it in lukewarm (not hot) water. Some hair care products may worsen your condition. Avoid products that contain camphor, menthol or sodium lauryl sulfate.

Sun exposure is one of the most common triggers of rosacea symptoms. Protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen labeled SPF30 or higher every morning before you leave your house.

Although wearing sunscreen is certainly helpful, it won't completely eliminate flare-ups. If you must spend time outdoors on a sunny day, try to find shady spots and wear a hat with a wide brim. Avoiding the sun during the mid-day hours when it's particularly strong can also help.

Identifying your triggers can help you devise strategies that will help you avoid flare-ups. If stress is a factor, try meditation, or reduce your stress through exercise or a favorite activity. When spicy foods or alcohol are the culprits, limiting alcohol and choosing milder varieties of your favorite foods may be helpful.

What kind of treatment options can my dermatologist offer?

Prescription creams and gels and antibiotics can be helpful in reducing pimples and the inflammation that causes redness. Oral antibiotics may also be used to treat eye irritation. If you have noticeable blood vessels, thick or bumpy skin or chronic redness, laser treatment can be a very effective option.

Clearer skin is possible, thanks to several effective rosacea treatments. Call our Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Heller, at (386) 239-8700 to schedule an appointment to discuss your skin condition.



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