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
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.

By Heller Dermatology Center
August 01, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Get ready to say goodbye to your fine lines and wrinkles with Botox. Botox smooths skin and eliminates frown lines, wrinkles and crow’s botoxfeet without the need for surgery. Noticeable results and a more youthful appearance are possible with your first treatment. In Daytona Beach and Port Orange, Florida, Botox injections are available at the dermatology office of Dr. Jeffrey Heller, who can help you decide if Botox treatments are right for you.

Botox Injections

Botox is injected into the muscles of the face in areas where wrinkles or fine lines have developed. Botox works to smooth lines and wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles. When the muscles are relaxed, the skin smooths out and the appearance of lines and wrinkles is softened. Further, while the muscles remain relaxed from the Botox, the formation of new lines and wrinkles is prevented. Ask your Daytona Beach dermatologist how Botox can help you.

Benefits of Botox

There are many benefits associated with Botox injections. In addition to being non-invasive and having no recovery time. The effects of Botox are noticeable within seven days after treatment. In addition to diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Botox treatments can also eliminate the persistent look of being tired, worried or angry that often develops with age. The many benefits of Botox include:

  • Minimally invasive procedure without the need for surgery.
  • Almost no recovery time.
  • Restores a more youthful appearance.
  • Smoothes lines on the forehead area.
  • Eliminates crow’s feet around the eyes.
  • Eliminates frown lines between the eyes.
  • Smoothes out wrinkles and lines around the mouth.

You can finally say goodbye to your fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a more youthful appearance with Botox. In Daytona Beach and Port Orange, Florida, Botox injections are available from dermatologist Dr. Heller. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (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!

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