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Jeffrey J. Heller, D.O.  

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By Heller Dermatology Center
May 04, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: rash  

Meet just a couple of the most common rash-causing contenders.

While a rash isn’t often a cause for concern, this issue can be rather annoying and unsightly. Of course, there are also times when you’ll want to turn to our Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Heller at Heller Dermatology Center for proper care.

Here are just some of the common causes of rashes and how they are treated:

Atopic Dermatitis

Sometimes more commonly called eczema, this condition causes a red, itchy and occasionally scaly rash to appear. While this rash can show up anywhere on the body, it often appears on the face, elbows and knees. This condition is chronic, and symptoms will often come and go. Flare-ups may be triggered by stress, temperature changes, chemicals and other environmental irritants.

How to treat atopic dermatitis: A lot will depend on the severity of your symptoms. If symptoms are mild, moisturizers or even certain antihistamines may be enough to reduce itching and other uncomfortable symptoms when dermatitis flares up. Of course, if your rash is more severe, our Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist may need to prescribe stronger medications or other treatment options.

Psoriasis

If you find yourself dealing with thick, raised red or white scaly patches on your skin (most often on the scalp, elbows, or knees), you could be dealing with a chronic skin condition known as psoriasis. This is a common dermatological disorder that, like atopic dermatitis, causes flare-ups to wax and wane.

How to treat psoriasis: While there is no cure, we can find ways to help you manage your symptoms through corticosteroids, other topical or oral medications and additional therapeutic options such as light therapy.

Hives

Are you dealing with itchy red bumps that appeared suddenly? If so, you could be dealing with a harmless allergic reaction known as hives. Hives manifest when the body reacts to a specific allergen, triggering a histamine reaction.

How to treat hives: Hives are completely harmless, and in most cases, the condition is acute (meaning that it will go away on its own in less than six weeks). Of course, you’ll want to turn to antihistamines (whether over-the-counter or prescription, depending on the severity of your symptoms) to reduce itching and other annoying symptoms.

These are only some of the common causes of a rash, so if you’re unsure what’s causing it, it’s probably a good idea to turn to our Daytona, FL, skin doctor Dr. Heller. Call Heller Dermatology Center at (386) 239-8700 to book an appointment.

By Heller Dermatology Center
July 08, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells because of sun exposure, although other areas not necessarily exposed to the sun may also form cancer. Dr. Jeffrey Heller of Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, provides patients with the knowledge needed to protect yourself against cancer.

What types of skin cancers are there?

There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. If you know what to look for and take the necessary precautions, you can prevent cancer, or catch it at its earliest stages. So, what should you look for? According to your Skin Cancer Daytona Beach specialist, be on the lookout for these:

  • Large brown spots with darker speckles on other parts of the body.
  • Already-existing moles that begin to grow, itch, or bleed.
  • Brown or black streaks under the nails.
  • A sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens.
  • Clusters of slow-growing pink or red scaly lesions.
  • Dark lesions on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
  • Translucent dome-shaped growths.

Another way to better keep a lookout for cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is by using the ABCDE guide when evaluating moles:

  1. Asymmetry: Both halves of the mole don't match.
  2. Border: The edges of the moles are poorly defined.
  3. Color: The whole mole doesn't have a unicolor.
  4. Diameter: The mole is more than six millimeters, but may also be smaller.
  5. Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that differs in size, shape, or color from the rest of the moles.

How to Prevent Skin Cancer Daytona Beach

  • Staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cover arms and legs with clothing.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Use sunblock with SPF of 15 or greater to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Perform regular self-examination of skin monthly.
  • Get regular skin examinations from your Daytona Beach and Port Orange FL dermatologist.

Do you need a consultation?

If you would like to learn more about Skin Cancer Daytona Beach, contact Dr. Jeffrey Heller of Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, at (386) 239-8700.

By Heller Dermatology Center
April 13, 2020
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Botox  

Take years off your face and boost your confidence with Botox from our Daytona Beach office

It’s a fact of life that we are all going to get older; however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that our appearance has to give away our age. If you want to refresh your appearance but you’re just not ready to turn to cosmetic surgery to treat lines and wrinkles, our Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, can give you the results you want with Botox.

How does Botox work?

This injectable treatment administers a neurotoxin, known as botulinum toxin A, into specific muscle groups of the face. This neurotoxin alters messages from the brain to the muscles that tell the muscles to contract. As a result, Botox is able to temporarily prevent muscle contractions, which also smooths away dynamic lines and wrinkles of the face.

What wrinkles respond best to Botox?

Botox is ideal for anyone who is looking to smooth away any expression lines. This means any lines and wrinkles that stand out when you smile or squint can be treated with Botox. Botox is FDA approved to treat moderate to severe,

  • Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes)
  • Furrow lines (wrinkles between the browns)
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines (lines around the mouth and nose)

While most people assume that people in their 40s and 50s are more likely to turn to undergo Botox, there are many patients in their 20s and 30s that also use this treatment to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming.

How long does it take to get Botox?

To get Botox, our dermatologist will simply administer a series of thin needles into the muscles of the face. This is a quick, easy, and relatively painless experience. Administering Botox only takes about 5-10 minutes. Plus, you can return to work or your daily routine immediately after treatment.

How quickly will I see results?

It will take about 3-4 days after treatment to notice results, with full results appearing within one week. Botox results last up to four months; however, if you love your new appearance you can get maintenance Botox treatments every few months to keep your results fresher for longer.
 

Rejuvenate your appearance

If you are looking for a dermatologist that can provide you with Botox treatment right here in Daytona Beach, FL, then call Dr. Heller’s office today at (386) 239-8700 to schedule a consultation.

By Heller Dermatology Center
April 08, 2020
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Acne  

Do you still have acne, even though you've tried every product in the drugstore? Here at the Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, offices of your dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, we offer treatment that will help clear your skin.

 

5 Treatments That Can Reduce Acne Flareups

Acne affects as many as 50 million Americans every year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Although the skin condition is particularly common during the teenage years, plenty of adults struggle with acne too. When over-the-counter acne preparations aren't effective, your Port Orange and Daytona Beach skin doctor may recommend one of these approaches:

  • Applying Prescription-Strength Topical Medication to Your Face: Pimples form when natural skin oils and debris clog your pores. Keeping your pores clear offers a simple way to prevent future breakouts. Topical medications like tretinoin, adapalene and tazarotene speed skin cell turnover and prevent your pores from becoming blocked.
  • Using Antibiotics: If topical medication isn't working quite as well as you had hoped, your dermatologist may recommend adding a topical or oral antibiotic to your treatment regimen. Antibiotics kill the p. acnes bacteria that play a crucial role in the formation of acne lesions.
  • Taking Oral Contraceptives: If you're a woman, you may have noticed that your acne worsens at the same time every month. Taking oral contraceptives not only prevents pregnancy, but it may also help keep your acne under control. The medication reduces the production of sebum, an oily substance that keeps your skin moist and subtle. An excessive amount of sebum can clog your pores, causing acne.
  • Trying a Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion: These treatments remove the outer layers of the skin where acne lesions form. They can also minimize the appearance of shallow acne scars.
  • Using Light Therapy: Blue light therapy offers an innovative way to reduce acne. During the treatment, your dermatologist uses a small, handheld device to deliver short pulses of blue light to your face. The light kills p. acne bacteria and shrinks your oil glands. Blue light therapy may be combined with red light therapy. Exposure to red light promotes healing and decreases acne scars.

Do you need help managing your acne? Call your dermatologist in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, Dr. Heller, at (386) 239-8700 to schedule an appointment.

By Heller Dermatology Center
February 20, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Moles  

Skin moles are nothing unusual. After all, many people are born with these concentrated spots of dark pigment. However, you must observe your moles over time, looking for any changes that could prove dangerous. Here at Heller Dermatology Center in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, Dr. Jeffrey Heller helps people watch moles and can analyze and/or remove them as needed.

Skin cancer and you

The Skin Cancer Foundation says that the five-year survival rate for malignant melanoma is 98 percent if this skin malignancy is found and treated early. Frequently, melanoma develops from ordinary skin moles which simply change even if they are not exposed to the UV rays of the sun.

As such, your dermatologist asks his patients to inspect their skin monthly, closely looking for moles that bleed, itch, or change in color, texture, or shape. If these signs are discovered, make an appointment at either one of our offices in Daytona Beach or Port Orange, FL, for a skin mole inspection.

Really, are moles dangerous?

Most are not. Many people are born with moles (these are congenital), or they may acquire them throughout childhood. However, in adulthood, moles should not increase in size or number—these are danger signs. As such, the American Academy of Dermatology has formulated a way for you to monitor your moles at home. Using this easily-remembered assessment tool, you'll know when to call Dr. Heller for his expert opinion.

Termed the ABCDEs, the tool looks like this:

  • A=asymmetry: If your mole were divided in half, each part should resemble the other in size and shape.
  • B=border: Healthy moles have smooth borders. Notches, scallops, or other edge irregularities are danger signs.
  • C=color: Color should be the same throughout the mole.
  • D=diameter: Most moles are no larger than a pencil eraser, and while some people do have larger ones, if the moles are healthy, they will not expand beyond their original size.
  • E=evolving: If a smooth mole becomes rough, bumpy, or just does not look the same over time, show it to your skin doctor. Also, if you have several moles, but one starts to look significantly different from others in the group, report this to Dr. Heller.

Be vigilant

A little caution goes a long way when it comes to healthy skin. In Port Orange or Daytona Beach, get the best skin care available with Dr. Jeffrey Heller and his team at Heller Dermatology Center. Phone us for an appointment at either location: (386) 239-8700.





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