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Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

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An epidemic is sweeping our nation – skin cancer is on the rise with over 4 million new cases diagnosed every year in the United States.  The vast majority of these skin cancers are of the basal and squamous cell carcinoma type. These types of skin cancer have an indisputable link with sun exposure. Melanoma type skin cancer is also increasing- this more deadly subtype has both a sun induced and genetic component. As a society, we are now quite conscious about sunscreen. Are there other things we can do to help prevent this epidemic of skin cancer?

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  1. Nicotinamide: Also known as vitamin B3 – nicotinamide has been shown in several trials to reduce the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer. A trial of 386 Australian patients who had more than 8 skin cancers over the past 5 years showed that those who took nicotinamide had a 23% reduction in skin cancers compared to those who took placebo.  Furthermore, those in the nicotinamide group had a 13% reduction in precancerous lesions known as actinic keratoses.  Not only is nicotinamide effective, but it is quite affordable (typically about 6 cents per day) and well tolerated, with no major adverse effects.  Here is a link to a previous Tareen Dermatology blog post on nicotinamide: http://www.tareendermatology.com/cms/2015/06/29/a-pill-today-to-keep-cancer-away/

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  1. Polypodium leucotomos: Also known as the calaguala plant, this product is commercially available in a standardized product called Heliocare. The evidence for this plant extract is that it acts as an antioxidant- protecting the skin against free radical damage that stimulates mutations and skin cancers. Since free radicals also contribute to skin aging, Heliocare is also thought to have a cosmetic benefit!

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  1. Milk thistle: Also known as Silybum marianum, this plant is still being studied to reduce skin cancer. In animal studies it does have a protective benefit.  Furthermore, it is safe and inexpensive.

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At Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota we hope that all of our patients both protect their skin with sun protective clothing and sunscreen as well as prevent skin cancer with these great natural strategies!

Warts: Causes and Treatments

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Even Dr. Tareen's child are not immune to warts!

Even Dr. Tareen’s child are not immune to warts. But after several treatments they will resolve.

Warts are growths on the skin caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts have the potential to grow on skin anywhere, and their appearance can change based on where they are growing. For instance, warts on the bottom of the feet (“plantar warts”) can look more flat on the surface of the skin, whereas warts on the fingers or the elbows may grow out from the skin more. We don’t know exactly why some people get warts while others never get them. If you have had a wart yourself, you know that they can be a nuisance but will eventually go away with treatment!

There is no single, perfect treatment of warts: however, at Tareen Dermatology we have a variety of treatment options to help get rid of your warts no matter their location. Treatment consists of destroying the outer layer of skin that the wart grows on, and thus ridding the body of the wart. Most commonly a wart will first be treated with liquid nitrogen or cantharidin, which is an irritant to the skin. The cantharidin may cause a blistering reaction to gently lift away the wart from the skin below. Some patients will undergo laser treatment for their warts, which is performed in-office with no down time. The treatment to be used on your wart depends on their location and size, your type of skin, and the judgement of the Dermatologist.

 

There are also several at home options that may be used, together with in-office treatments, to help rid you of your warts in a more timely fashion. Over the counter wart medications that contain at least 17% salicylic acid can be applied directly to the wart to help destroy it. Studies have also shown that the daily application of duct tape to a wart can help get rid of them faster. Additionally,
Recent studies have shown that taking an over the counter zinc supplement can boost the immune system to help it fight off the wart virus.  If you have questions about these, or other at home treatments, our Providers would be happy to discuss them with you. 
If you have a wart, don’t worry! These are very common and, with treatment, will go away!
If you or someone you know has a wart and would like to begin treatment call (651-633-6883) or email appointments@tareendermatology.com to set up an appointment today.

 

A Natural Option to Treat Warts!

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Warts are growths on the skin caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). Many warts resolve on their own. It may be advisable to seek the help of Dr Tareen and her colleagues if warts are large, painful, rapidly spreading, or causing social stigma.

There are many treatment options for warts. My own 5 year old son had a monster wart on his foot that we attacked with liquid nitrogen, laser, cantharidin (a topically applied medication), as well as home treatment with duct tape. After 6 in office treatments his wart is finally gone! Luckily, I can get most of my patients wart free with less than 6 treatments.
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After many years of stubbornness, Kashi’s wart is finally gone!

A recent study highlighted oral zinc supplementation for treatment of pediatric warts. In children who were treated with zinc, 87% of the children cleared the wart in 2 months compared to 0% in the placebo group. The dose of zinc recommended is zinc sulfate 10 mg/ kg/ day (up to 600 mg/day) for up to 2 months. All children in the treatment group reported nausea, but no other side effects. No recurrence of the warts was noted at 6 months.

Thus, zinc, which is safe and natural, can be used for wart treatment (although nausea may be rate limiting). It is always nice to have a natural option!

 

 

Gingko Bilboa- Restoring Natural Pigments in Vitiligo

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Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition where the skin loses its pigmentation. The reason the immune system starts attacking the skin pigment cells is unknown. Vitiligo is not uncommon – it is estimated that 1-2% of individuals will suffer with an area of vitiligo at some point in life.

Before and after of vitiligo treatment.

Before and after of vitiligo treatment.

Recent treatment advances are helping individuals achieve regimentation.  A combination of excimer laser treatments (which utilizes a targeted, non-cancer causing wavelength of light) as well as topical creams can be very effective and life changing.
A recent Cochrane review of vitiligo treatments published on Feb 24, 2015 also lists gingko as an effective treatment for some individuals with vitiligo. Patients given gingko biloba 40-60 mg 2-3 times per day, 10 minutes before meals, showed improvement in the their pigmentation. Importantly, very few adverse effects were noted.
Thus, gingko biloba may be a great, safe adjunct for individuals with vitiligo. In conjunction with laser therapy and topicals, we may be able to restore natural pigmentation!

 

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