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Answering Your Questions About Eczema

November 16th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Answering Your Questions About Eczema

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology

What is Eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disease that causes dry, itch skin. It may appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly appears on the cheeks, hands, elbows and knees.

What Does It Look Like?

While atopic dermatitis can look different from person to person, everyone shares one common symptom. The skin itches. In fact, atopic dermatitis usually begins with an itch and is often referred to as “the itch that rashes.”

What Parts of the Body Does It Affect?

In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth. By age 2, atopic dermatitis most commonly occurs on the hands, wrists, arms and legs. You will often see atopic dermatitis in the creases of the elbows and the bends of the knees by age 4. The most commonly affected areas in children and adults are the face, neck and the insides of the elbows, backs for the knees and ankles.

Which Irritants Can Trigger a Flare-Up?

Soap, chemicals, sweating, certain fabrics, food, weather changes and stress can cause a flare-up. In particular, winter weather can cause skin to become dry and itchy due to lower humidity levels.

Are There Treatments for Eczema?

Specific treatment measures and techniques vary from person to person – but these are a several ways to effectively treat and prevent severely dry skin*:

  • Use skin cream, like Skin Dimensions Moisturizing Skin Cream, to add moisture back into your dry skin.
  • Soaking in a bath with bath oil, like Skin Dimensions Bath Oil, for 15 to 20 minutes, is helpful because it adds moisture back into the skin. Showering tends to wash off your own body oil and makes you drier. Pat, don’t rub, yourself dry after the bath.
  • A prescription cortisone cream may reduce itching, redness and irritation.
  • Glycolic lotions (alpha hydroxyl acids), like Skin Dimensions Glycolic Body Lotion 15%, may be used to exfoliate and slough off the dead skin cells while hydrating and smoothing the skin.
  • An antihistamine may be prescribed for itching. These pills work internally by decreasing itchiness. Take them as directed.
  • A cortisone shot may be used to quickly help reduce severe redness, inflammation and itching.
  • The humidity in your home should be kept around 45 to 50 percent. The use of a humidifier often helps alleviate dry skin. A humidity gauge should be placed in your home to monitor the humidity; these can be purchased at a hardware store.

How Do I Know If I Have Eczema?

The best way to know, for certain, that you have Eczema is to schedule an appointment with a qualified physician.

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Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team.

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*results may vary
Source: National Eczema Association – https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/

Free Skin Cancer Screening

September 12th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Free Skin Cancer Screenings – Fall 2017

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Soderstrom Skin Institute will offer 7 Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings throughout September and October. The first fall screening will take place in Normal on Saturday, September 16 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.. No appointment is needed.
Additional free screenings will take place in Davenport on Wednesday, September 20 from 2pm-6pm; Peoria on Saturday, September 23 from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Morton on Saturday, October 7 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Clinton, IA on Saturday, October 14 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; Galesburg from 2 – 6 p.m. and Peru on Thursday, October 19 from 2-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Attendees are seen on a first-come first-served basis.

National Statistics:

  • More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Around 87,000 will be Melanoma. Over 9,700 of these cases will be fatal.
  • There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
  • People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
  • Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
  • State of Illinois banned anyone under 18 years old from being able to use tanning beds.
  • Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.

Soderstrom Skin Institute 2015 Facts:

  • Thousands of skin cancers were found including basal cell, squamous cell and pre-cancer actinic keratosis.
  • 197 patients were diagnosed with melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer.
  • 102 were men. 95 were women.
  • The oldest was 95 years old. The youngest was 25 years old.

Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE’s of moles/spots:

  • A) Asymmetry – One half not like the other.
  • B) Borders Irregular – Poorly defined borders.
  • C) Color Varied – Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
  • D) Diameter – Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E) Evolving – Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.

“This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient’s chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit WeKnowSkinCancer.com

Public Education Program

The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis, and all diseases of the skin.

Learn more about Skin Cancer >>
View more of our Free Skin Cancer Screening Dates >>

American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education. www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/illinois-gov-pat-quinn-signs-bill-banning-tanning-teens-article-1.1428018

Free Skin Cancer Screening

June 29th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Free Skin Cancer Screenings – July 2017

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Soderstrom Skin Institute will offer 3 Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings throughout the month of July. The first July screening will take place in Normal on Saturday, July 8 from 8am-12pm. No appointment is needed.
Additional free screenings will take place in Peoria on Saturday. July 15th from 8 am-1pm and Davenport on Saturday, July 22 from 8am-12pm. No appointment is necessary. Attendees are seen on a first-come first-served basis.

National Statistics:

  • More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Around 87,000 will be Melanoma. Over 9,700 of these cases will be fatal.
  • There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
  • People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
  • Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
  • State of Illinois banned anyone under 18 years old from being able to use tanning beds.
  • Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.

Soderstrom Skin Institute 2015 Facts:

  • Thousands of skin cancers were found including basal cell, squamous cell and pre-cancer actinic keratosis.
  • 197 patients were diagnosed with melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer.
  • 102 were men. 95 were women.
  • The oldest was 95 years old. The youngest was 25 years old.

Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE’s of moles/spots:

  • A) Asymmetry – One half not like the other.
  • B) Borders Irregular – Poorly defined borders.
  • C) Color Varied – Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
  • D) Diameter – Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E) Evolving – Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.

“This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient’s chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit WeKnowSkinCancer.com

Public Education Program

The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis, and all diseases of the skin.

Learn more about Skin Cancer >>
View more of our Free Skin Cancer Screening Dates >>

American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education. www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/illinois-gov-pat-quinn-signs-bill-banning-tanning-teens-article-1.1428018

Free Skin Cancer Screening

June 2nd, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Free Skin Cancer Screenings – June 2017

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Soderstrom Skin Institute will provide 4 Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings throughout June. The first screening of the month will take place in Peru on Saturday, June 10 from 8am-12pm. No appointment is needed.
Additional free screenings will take place in Clinton on Thursday. June 15 from 2pm-6pm; Morton on June 17 from 8am-12pm and Galesburg on Saturday, June 24 from 8am-12pm. No appointment is needed for these screenings. Attendees are seen on a first-come first-served basis.

National Statistics:

  • More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Around 87,000 will be Melanoma. Over 9,700 of these cases will be fatal.
  • There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
  • People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
  • Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
  • State of Illinois banned anyone under 18 years old from being able to use tanning beds.
  • Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.

Soderstrom Skin Institute 2015 Facts:

  • Thousands of skin cancers were found including basal cell, squamous cell and pre-cancer actinic keratosis.
  • 197 patients were diagnosed with melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer.
  • 102 were men. 95 were women.
  • The oldest was 95 years old. The youngest was 25 years old.

Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE’s of moles/spots:

  • A) Asymmetry – One half not like the other.
  • B) Borders Irregular – Poorly defined borders.
  • C) Color Varied – Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
  • D) Diameter – Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E) Evolving – Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.

“This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient’s chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit WeKnowSkinCancer.com

Public Education Program

The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis, and all diseases of the skin.

Learn more about Skin Cancer >>
View more of our Free Skin Cancer Screening Dates >>

American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education. www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/illinois-gov-pat-quinn-signs-bill-banning-tanning-teens-article-1.1428018

Free Skin Cancer Screening

May 15th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Free Skin Cancer Screenings – May 2017

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Soderstrom Skin Institute will provide a Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screening Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2pm-6pm at 2100 Jacobssen Drive in Normal. No appointment is needed. Call 563.344.7546 for details.
On Saturday, May 20, 2017 Soderstrom Skin Institute will also provide Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings in Peoria and Davenport. The Peoria screening will take place from 8am-1pm at 4909 N. Glen Park Place Rd. – no appointment is needed, call 309.674.7546 for more details. The Davenport screening will take place from 8am-12pm at 1800 East 54th St, Ste. B. – no appointment is needed, call 563.344.7546 for more details.

National Statistics:

  • More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Around 87,000 will be Melanoma. Over 9,700 of these cases will be fatal.
  • There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
  • People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
  • Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
  • State of Illinois banned anyone under 18 years old from being able to use tanning beds.
  • Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.

Soderstrom Skin Institute 2015 Facts:

  • 1000’s of skin cancers were found including basal cell, squamous cell and pre-cancer actinic keratosis.
  • 197 patients were diagnosed with melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer.
  • 102 were men. 95 were women.
  • The oldest was 95 years old. The youngest was 25 years old.

Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE’s of moles/spots:

  • A) Asymmetry – One half not like the other.
  • B) Borders Irregular – Poorly defined borders.
  • C) Color Varied – Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
  • D) Diameter – Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E) Evolving – Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.

“This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient’s chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit WeKnowSkinCancer.com

Public Education Program

The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis, and all diseases of the skin.

Learn more about Skin Cancer >>
View more of our Free Skin Cancer Screening Dates >>

American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education. www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/illinois-gov-pat-quinn-signs-bill-banning-tanning-teens-article-1.1428018

Laser Vein Treatment at Soderstrom Skin Institute

May 12th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Answering Your Questions About Laser Vein Treatment

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

Unsightly and sometimes painful veins are a common complaint of both men and women. Treatment options include surgical removal, sclerotherapy (liquid injection) and laser therapy.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2016, more than 217,179 people chose laser therapy to treat leg veins alone. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions regarding laser vein treatment:

What is the difference between spider and varicose veins?

Varicose veins are bulging veins above the surface of the skin that can be blue, red or flesh covered. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but much smaller and closer to the surface of the skin.

Is something wrong with my veins?

Spider or varicose veins are very common. They are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. The heart pumps blood out through your arteries. Veins carry this blood back to the heart. If valves in the veins allow blood to leak back into the veins and collect there. This backed up blood causes pressure on enlarged veins making them more prominent.

I have small veins under my eyes. Is that common?

Yes. The most common areas for spider veins are the face (cheeks) and legs (thigh and calf) areas. In most cases, lasers can seal these blood vessels without bruising.*

Are certain people at a higher risk?

Several factors may increase a person’s chances of developing spider/varicose veins including; age, heredity, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and sun exposure.

What happens during the laser treatment?

Goggles will be worn to protect your eyes. A small hand piece is placed on the surface of the skin. The laser is activated and small pulses are directed at specific veins. Small spider veins may only need a few pulses, while larger veins may require more. In some cases, the smaller veins can actually be seen collapsing as it is treated.*

Does the laser hurt?

Everybody’s pain tolerance is different. Some patients describe feeling a slight tingling or stinging sensation as the laser pulses. If you find it uncomfortable, a topical numbing cream can be applied.

Will I need more than one treatment?  

Depending on the size and number of veins, multiple treatments are usually needed for optimum results. Normally, these treatments are done four to six weeks apart.

When can I go back to work?

You should be able to return to work the same day. It may be recommended leg vein patients wear support stockings for a few days after the treatment. This will help to compress and seal the blood vessels that were treated.

How soon will I see results?

Blood vessels underneath the skin will gradually change from dark blue to light red, and eventually disappear in a few weeks.*

Will my insurance cover the treatment?

Laser vein treatments are considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance.

Are there any potential complications?

As with any treatment, there are potential risks including burns, scars and infection. Your physician should discuss all of these risks during your consultation. Be sure your physician is part of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. This means they have been trained and certified in this highly technical field of dermatology.


Interested? Contact Us!

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team!

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*results may vary

BreastEnhancement_web_2017

May 3rd, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

 Answering Your Questions About Breast Enhancement


J. Eric Lomax, MD and James M. Jeffries III, MD

There are many reasons why women may consider breast enhancement surgery. Factors such as weight gain/loss, illness, pregnancy, breastfeeding, irregular shape and size, sagging and cancer are just a few situations that can influence this decision.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2014, more than 286,000 women decided to have breast enhancement surgery making it the #1 cosmetic surgical procedure in the country. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:
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