POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF NAIL DRYERS

Anyone visiting a nail salon for a manicure or pedicure  may be exposed to one of two types of nail-drying machines. Aside from the air-drying type, there are UV-drying machines that utilize ultraviolet rays to dry nails. The concern with this type of nail dryer is that it emits UVA rays, which penetrate skin most deeply and have been associated with skin cancer. The level of UVA rays emitted is equivalent to that of a tanning bed, which should raise a red flag among those exposed to this radiation. Not only does UV exposure of this type increase the cancer risk of skin surrounding the nails, it also increases the risk of skin cancer beneath the nails.

Many women have routine manicures that include time under a dryer that emits UV rays.  Cumulative exposure to these rays can cause skin cancer.  Avoid this exposure by using other methods to dry your nails.  If you notice unusual spots or lesions on your skin, please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule a consultation.  We specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer.  Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst.  We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist 

P.S. Exposure to UV rays from nail-drying machines is associated with wrinkling and other unattractive symptoms of photo-aging. 

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WARTS & ALL!

Warts result when skin cells grow abnormally fast due to infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). About 10 of the 150 HPV strains cause skin warts. While certain other strains cause sexually transmitted anal warts and genital warts, some of which have been implicated in cervical cancers and other genital cancers, the strains that cause common skin warts have rarely been linked to cancer. Even so, they can be unsightly and may even cause pain, as is the case with plantar warts on the bottom of the feet. While over-the-counter treatments that include salicylic acid may effectively remove warts, treatment may take 12 weeks. As an alternative, the dermatologist can freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen in 3-4 sessions.

Warts are a common skin condition. They most often appear on the hands and fingers. Picking a wart can cause it to spread to other areas of the skin. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule a consultation. We offer comprehensive dermatology services for the entire family designed to optimize skin health. Our services include treatment of warts, moles, and other growths. We also treat chronic skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen) is particularly effective in eliminating hand warts.

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SKIN CANCER'S LEFT-SIDE BIAS

Anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel of an automobile should know that skin cancer displays a left-side bias. That means that when skin cancer occurs on one side of the body, it is more likely to be the left side. Why? While the windows of an automobile typically block most of the UV-B rays that cause sunburn, they are not as effective in blocking the sun’s UV-A rays, which contribute to aging skin and skin cancer. As a result, the left side of the body is more susceptible to skin cancer. With this in mind, those who drive for a living might want to take the precaution of applying sunscreen.

Early detection – finding a cancer early before it has spread – gives you the best chance of being treated successfully. Most skin cancers are visible, so it’s important to examine your skin regularly for lesions, growths, and moles that change in appearance. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation. We specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Our practice is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. A study out of Australia, where drivers drive on the opposite side of the road, shows that male drivers were more likely to develop precancerous growths on the right sides of their bodies.

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