At Scholes Dermatology in Twin Falls, we offer a number of services for a range of skin disorders including acne, warts, psoriasis, and more. To get started with a dermatologist appointment, get in touch with us today.
Our comprehensive skin cancer screening covers head-to-toe assessment of any abnormal moles or skin cancers. For your comfort, you may leave undergarments on. In the process, we also identify and discuss various non-cancerous lesions to help you stay informed about those that require monitoring.
Our discussions also cover melanoma symptoms and ways to reduce your risk. This screening is especially recommended for those with a family history of melanoma, excessive sun exposure, history of blistering sunburns, or tanning bed use. Depending on your level of risk, we suggest scheduling a full body exam every 18 months to a year. We encourage full body exams, but we can tailor the exam to fit your preferences. Please let us know when scheduling your appointment so we can allocate sufficient time accordingly.
Early detection of skin cancer is possible by observing visible changes on the skin & surface. Symptoms may include a slowly enlarging bump, a shifting mole, or a rough, scaly patch. Skin cancer is highly curable when addressed before it spreads, and even fast-spreading melanoma can be effectively treated if discovered early.
Familiarize yourself with the appearance of your skin to recognize unusual growths or changes in appearance. If you notice a lump, spot, or bleeding patch that is growing or changing, schedule a consultation with a dermatologist immediately.
Discover the truth about warts – those pesky, non-cancerous skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of your skin. Caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), these viruses thrive when your skin is cut or damaged.
Beware, wart viruses are easily spread! Whether through direct contact
or by touching something that has come into contact with the wart, they can strike any part of your body and may appear as rough, skin-toned growths, or even dark, flat, and smooth patches.
Acne goes way beyond the common misconception of just pimples. It’s inclusive of various blemishes such as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules (often referred to as pimples), cysts, and nodules.
While it usually appears on the face, it can also manifest in other parts of the body including the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks.
Skin rashes can be caused by various factors such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and a weakened skin barrier. If you experience dryness, scaliness, or itchiness in your skin, there could be an underlying cause that we can address and manage through treatment. It may stem from environmental factors or an internal inflammatory disorder.
Additionally, using the wrong topical products can prevent your skin barrier from healing. Schedule an appointment to have your dry and itchy skin evaluated by our professionals.
Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a persistent condition that results from an overactive immune system signaling skin cells to grow too quickly. The buildup of excess skin cells on the skin’s surface causes visible patches of psoriasis, which are not contagious. Inherited genes are necessary to develop psoriasis.
Discover more about this condition from dermatologist David M. Pariser, MD, FAAD, in the informative video below. Learn how proper treatment can enhance your quality of life.
If a mole on your skin begins to grow, itch, or bleed, it is important to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. While moles are common and most adults have at least a few, those with lighter skin typically have more, ranging from 10 to 40, which is within the norm.
However, if you observe any changes in the appearance or behavior of your moles, such as growth, itching or bleeding, it is crucial to seek medical attention. Thus, monitoring the development of your moles is important, but there is no need to be overly anxious unless you observe any of these warning signs.
It is essential to be aware of the fact that melanoma, a form of skin cancer, can develop in or around a mole. However, with timely detection and treatment, this condition can be entirely curable. Therefore, it is recommended to pay close attention to any modifications in the appearance of existing moles or the sudden emergence of new ones. Regularly checking your skin for any such changes is crucial to detect melanoma in its early stages. It is best to consult a dermatologist, who can teach you how to examine your skin and advise you on the frequency of such examinations.
As a parent, rest assured that moles present on your child’s skin are usually harmless. It’s common for new moles to emerge during childhood and teenage years, and they’ll naturally increase in size with the child’s growth. While some may appear to darken over time, others may lighten in color.
Nevertheless, these changes are a common occurrence in children, and they rarely indicate melanoma, a severe form of skin cancer that may develop from a mole.