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By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
August 01, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Canker Sore  

Canker sores appear within the mouthFind out everything you need to know about canker sore causes and treatments.

Canker sores are small painful ulcers that appear in the mouth. You may find that your canker sore makes it difficult to eat or talk without experiencing pain. If you are experiencing sores in the mouth that you think could be canker sores, find out what might be causing this pesky little problem and what you can do to reduce your symptoms and eliminate this mouth ulcer.

Canker Sore Causes

Unfortunately experts are unsure about what causes canker sores; however, it’s been speculated that either stress or injury to the oral tissues can bring about canker sores. Some canker sores may be brought about by other health disorders that weaken the immune system.

It’s important to note that canker sores and cold sores are not the same thing. A virus known as herpes simplex type 1 causes cold sores, and these sores occur outside the mouth. Canker sores, on the other hand, can be brought on by multiple factors, and appear only inside the mouth.

Canker Sore Symptoms

The most obvious symptom is a painful sore or ulcer that appears in the mouth, whether on the tongue, the roof of the mouth or inside of the cheeks. You may also notice a burning or tingling sensation a couple days before the sore manifests. The sore is usually round or oval in nature, with a red border and a white, grey or yellow center.

Canker Sore Treatments

The majority of canker sores will go away on their own without any kind of treatment; however, if you experience pain for more than a few days you may want to talk to your dermatologist about a corticosteroid cream or prescription medication that could help alleviate your symptoms.

If you suspect that you have a canker sore talk to your dermatologist about the most effective defense against canker sores and whether there are certain things you can do to prevent this condition from recurring. Call us today!

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
July 26, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

BotoxHow Botox treatment from your doctor in Monroe can help you

Would you like to look younger? Are you seeing early skin problems associated with aging? Are you noticing wrinkles and fine lines? If you answered yes to these questions, there is a simple treatment that is perfect for you. It’s called Botox, and Dr. Awa Igbinadolor at St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC, wants to share how Botox treatment can refresh your skin and your outlook.

Aging changes your body and your skin, especially the skin on your face. Your face is always exposed to the environment and as you get older, your skin loses elasticity and moisture. When you squint, laugh, frown, or show other expressions, your skin loses its ability to “snap back” causing wrinkles and fine lines to form. As you begin to show the signs of aging, sometimes it can affect your self-esteem and your outlook on life.

It’s time to refresh both your skin and your outlook with Botox treatment. Botox is both safe and effective, with a long history of reducing the appearance of problems like these:

  • Crow’s feet; lines at the corners of your eyes, caused by squinting
  • Furrows; lines running across your forehead, caused by facial expressions
  • Glabella; deep lines between your eyebrows, caused by frowning
  • Facial lines; lines running from your nose to your mouth, caused by laughing and smiling

Botox is an injectable material derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It works magically by temporarily “freezing” the muscles and nerves at the injection site, smoothing out your skin. After treatment, your skin will appear more refreshed and rejuvenated.

People tolerate Botox treatment very well, and you can also ask for a numbing spray or cream beforehand if you wish. Cost varies depending on the number of injections, and maintenance treatments every 4 to 6 months are recommended.

For more detailed information about Botox and to view amazing before-and-after photos of Botox patients, please visit the Botox injections page on the website at http://www.stmarysmedicalclinic.com/botox-injections.html

You can refresh your skin and your outlook on life, all thanks to Botox! Don’t let the early signs of aging get you down; fight aging by calling Dr. Igbinadolor at St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC, today!

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
July 03, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cold sores  

Cold Sores can appear on the outside of the lipWhat are cold sores and what can you do to relieve your symptoms?

Most people who have had cold sores often know when they are about to appear. The tingling and burning sensation around the mouth is often the first indicator that a cold sore is imminent. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of Americans have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV­1), which causes cold sores. If you have cold sores then you are probably wondering more about this condition, how to treat it and what it means for your health.

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Symptoms often stick around for about two to three weeks. Besides experiencing oral sores around the mouth, people may also experience flu­like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and fatigue. These oral sores will often appear as tiny blisters that break open and scab over.

When should I see a doctor about cold sores?

While cold sores often don’t warrant a trip to the dermatologist, there are certain times when it might be advisable. These sores can be painful, so if you find it difficult to eat or talk then you will want to talk to your doctor about the best ways to alleviate the pain to make eating easier. The last thing you want to deal with is dehydration on top of an outbreak.

If these oral sores look different from other cold sore outbreaks, then it’s also worth seeing your dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or chemotherapy should also see their dermatologist to prevent further complications.

What treatments are available for cold sores?

While many cold sores will go away without the need for treatment, if you are experiencing pain we may prescribe a topical anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. There are also over­the-counter treatments that speed up healing and reduce pain. However, for those with severe infections your dermatologist may also prescribe an oral antiviral medication.

Those with weak immune systems and those who become dehydrated as a result of cold sores may need to go to the hospital to prevent further problems and to receive oral antivirals.

While you cannot cure the virus that causes cold sores, there are certainly ways to reduce your symptoms. Talk to your dermatologist to find out more!

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
June 04, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Birthmarks   Skin Blemishes  

Port wine stains are just one type of birthmarksLearn some fun facts about these common skin blemishes.

Birthmarks are extremely common, appearing on about 80 percent of babies at birth. Even if you don’t have a birthmark, chances are good that you know someone who does. However, how much do you actually know about these dermatological markings? There are a lot of facts and folklore surrounding birthmarks and why they appear. Find out how much you really know!

Your Birthmark Is Not Caused By Your Mother!

There are many folk tales surrounding the expectant mother’s influence on whether or not her child has a birthmark. Some cultures believe that a birthmark is associated with the mother’s unfulfilled want or need, while others believe that certain foods that the mother eats or activities that she participates in can cause birthmarks to appear on her newborn. However, many doctors believe that birthmarks actually form before the child is even born.

Does a Birthmark Tell You Who You’ll Be?

Are you always looking for the next amazing adventure? Do people revel over all your successes? If so, some people might believe your birthmark has something to do with it. A birthmark on the back is believed to signify that the child is open­minded, while a birthmark on the right foot means you are born to be a traveler. While there is certainly no scientific evidence to prove any of this, it’s a fun superstition nonetheless.

All lore aside, many birthmarks are benign; however, it is best to see your dermatologist to have it evaluated and to make sure it isn’t malignant. There are several different kinds of birthmarks:

  • Congenital melanocytic nevus: This more rare birthmark can be found anywhere on the body and is usually light brown or sometimes black, depending on the person’s skin color.
  • Mongolian spots: A bluish­gray marking that may look similar to a bruise.
  • Port wine stain: A purple or red blemish that often appears on the face.
  • Telangiectatic nevus: Sometimes referred to as a “stork bite” or “angel kiss”, these slightly red patches are often found on the face or back of the neck.
  • Hemangiomas: A raised, red mark sometimes referred to as a “strawberry mark”
  • Café au lait spots: This birthmark is characterized by circular, light brown spots
  • Silvermark: A silver or white streak in the hair.

If you are unhappy with or embarrassed by your birthmark then you may also want to talk to your dermatologist about having it removed. Both surgery and laser treatments may be options for having your skin blemish removed.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
May 21, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Microdermabrasion  

Find out how this skin care treatment could offer you a more youthful appearance.Microdermabrasion

If you’ve been looking for a simple and effective way to improve the tone, texture, and overall look of your skin without having to go under the knife, then our Monroe, NC, dermatologist, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor, is here to tell you more about a popular treatment known as microdermabrasion and how it could be the right cosmetic approach for healthier and younger-looking skin.

What is microdermabrasion?

This cosmetic treatment is a great option for patients of all ages and with all skin types to improve and refresh the appearance of their skin without the need for invasive procedures such as chemical peels that often require extensive downtime. By uses microcrystals, our Monroe skin doctor can buff away the outer and most damaged layers of the skin to reveal healthier skin underneath.

What issues can microdermabrasion address?

Unfortunately, our skin is exposed to some pretty toxic elements that can do more harm than good for the health and appearance of our skin. Microdermabrasion is a great way to reduce the impact these environmental elements have on our skin. Microdermabrasion can reduce and even eliminate:

  • Fine lines (e.g. crow’s feet; laugh lines)
  • Superficial scarring (e.g. acne scars; chickenpox scar)
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation

What are the benefits?

There are many wonderful advantages to getting microdermabrasion in Monroe:

It’s non-invasive: We know that most people want to get younger-looking skin but loathe the idea of having to undergo more invasive treatments in order to get the results they want. Microdermabrasion allows our patients to get the results they want without ever having to deal with anesthesia, needles, or other more aggressive measures.

Painless: They say “pain is beauty” but who says it has to be? Microdermabrasion is completely painless and causes minimal redness or swelling post-treatment.

Fast: A lot of cosmetic treatments require days of recovery, which many of our busy patients just can’t do. We know most people can’t take days off work because their skin needs time to heal. This is why microdermabrasion is a fantastic option. You can get the results you want without ever having to take time off from your life.

Do you want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for microdermabrasion? If so, then call St. Mary's Medical Clinic in Monroe, NC, today to schedule a no-risk consultation with us.





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