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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
July 07, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Melanoma  

If you’ve just been told you have melanoma you may be wondering, “What now?”

It can be scary when you hear the word melanoma. But remember that you are not alone. This is one of the most common forms of cancer in the US. So take a deep breath and turn to our Denver dermatologist Dr. James Maloney III for the melanoma treatment you Melanomaneed to get on the road to recovery.

Additional Testing

After your initial diagnosis, our Denver skin doctor Dr. Maloney will need to find out a bit more about your condition. Therefore, additional testing will be in order so we can provide a better treatment plan for you. Common tests include:

  • Blood work
  • Bone scan
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • PET scan
  • Lymph node biopsy

Stages of Melanoma

There are seven different stages of melanoma. Why is it important to know your melanoma stage? Knowing your stage will help us develop the proper treatments needed to eliminate the cancer and also reduce your symptoms. Know and understand what your stage means so that you can be an active part of your treatment process.

Treatment Options

Here are some of the most common treatments to consider. The treatment you receive will depend on your stage of cancer:

  • Chemotherapy: This treatment will inject medication into the body to stop the growth and production of melanoma cells. This treatment is often used in conjunction with other melanoma treatments.
  • Immunotherapy: This treatment boosts the immune system to help fight and eliminate melanoma cells in the body.
  • Radiation Therapy: These high-energy particles are used to kill off cancer cells.
  • Surgery: This is commonly used to treat early stages of melanoma. Surgeries include simple excision and Mohs surgery.
  • Adjuvant Therapy: This is the use of either chemotherapy or radiation therapy along with surgery.

If you currently have or have had melanoma in the past it’s important that you continue to see your dermatologist in Denver, CO for the care you need to become cancer-free. Trust your health to Cherry Creek Dermatology.

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
February 24, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Warts  

Many people correlate warts with toads or witches’ noses. The truth is, warts are a common and treatable skin condition which affect wartscountless people. Often, warts appear more in children than adults though anyone can get them. Your Denver, CO dermatologist at Cheery Creek Dermatology can help you understand and treat this skin condition.

Where do warts come from? 
Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus causes the skin it comes into contact with to grow faster than normal, forming a wart. Warts appear thanks to the virus touching your skin or coming into contact with it indirectly. Often, the virus enters the skin through tiny openings, like cracks or scratches. Warts are contagious, spreading to others who touch the wart itself or something it has touched. Warts are mostly skin-colored, but can be darker or surrounded by darker skin. Though some people are more likely to get warts than others, researches have not yet found out the reason why.

Are there different kinds of warts? 
Most warts fall under the category of the common wart. They have a dome shape and appear grayish in color. Flat warts are much smaller than the common wart. They can be pink to light brown in appearance. Plantar warts occur on the soles of the feet and can be very painful. Filiform warts are mostly seen on the face, normally the nose or chin, and have a longer, tentacle-like appearance. They are normally flesh colored.

How are warts treated? 
Many warts go away on their own, though it may take months or even years. Some warts can be treated by over-the-counter wart removal treatments which usually take about 12 weeks to see results. These come in freezing, patch, liquid or ointment form. Another simple method of wart removal involves covering the wart with duct tape for a period of time.

When you do not see results from at-home methods, you should see your doctor. Your Denver dermatologists have several varieties of treatments to remove warts, including:

  • freezing the wart off using liquid nitrogen
  • shots into the wart
  • laser treatment
  • prescription medicated creams
  • acid peels

Consult with your dermatologist to determine which method of wart removal is best for your situation.

For more information on warts or their treatment, please contact Dr. James M. Maloney III, M.D. at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO. Call (303) 388-5629 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maloney today!

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
January 26, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Rashes  

Find out more about the common types of rashes and what could be causing them.

Are you dealing with a rash? Most of the time a rash is an innocuous thing that appears as if out of nowhere and then often goes away rashon its own, but other times it might be indicative of something more serious. If you are currently dealing with a rash find out more about it, its causes and when to see your Denver, CO dermatologist Dr. James Maloney III for care.

What is a rash?

Rashes come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. They can appear in just one area of the skin or can cover the entire body. Rashes are characterized by spots of red, inflamed and sometimes itchy skin. Rashes are usually only temporary and can be a symptom of an underlying condition.

Rashes may be raised, flat, knotted or contain pus-filled blisters.

What causes rashes?

There are many issues that can cause a rash to manifest and when you visit your Denver, CO skin doctor about your rash he will be able to pinpoint the main source. Some of the most common issues include,

Infectious diseases

Rashes can come about as a result of a bacteria, fungus, virus, etc. Common infectious diseases are chickenpox, ringworm, shingles, scabies, measles, herpes and Lyme disease.

Allergic reactions

Often referred to as contact dermatitis this rash appears once exposed to an allergen. The rash usually appears suddenly and is itchy. Allergen can be just about anything but they are commonly plants (e.g. poison ivy), cosmetics, rubber or metal, food or drugs. If experiencing a drug allergy you will most often experience other symptoms like fever, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, nausea and/or vomiting. It’s important that you see a doctor right away if you are experiencing a drug-related allergy.

Autoimmune disorders

Disorders that cause the immune system to attack the body (e.g. lupus) often have a very specific rash.

Nutritional disorders, some cancers and diaper rash (in babies) are also common problems that can cause a rash.

When should you see your skin doctor in Cherry Hill about your rash?

  • If your rash doesn’t go away or improve within a couple days
  • If you are also experiencing other symptoms like a fever, joint pain, headache, sore throat or body aches
  • If the rash continues to get worse
  • If there is oozing or pus (signs of infection)
  • If there are fluid-filled blisters
  • If the rash is painful
  • If the rash showed up after taking a certain medication, being stung by an insect or after eating

Let the dermatology team at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver give you the healthy, beautiful skin you’ve been looking for. Whether you are dealing with age spots, melanoma or acne no issue is too hard for us to tackle. Call our office today!

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
November 19, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Skin Cancer  
Find out the many ways your Denver dermatologist can treat skin cancer effectively.
 

Have you been diagnosed with skin cancer? While this might seem like a scary time know that your Denver dermatologist Dr. James Maloney III, MD has the treatment options you’ve been looking for, and most of the time these skin cancer treatments can be performed Skin Cancerright here in our Denver office as an outpatient procedure. Find out which treatment is right for your condition:

Mohs Surgery

This surgery removes a very thin and precise layer of cancerous skin, examines the skin using a microscopic to check for cancerous cells and then continues to remove additional layers until there are no more cells present. While this surgery is more time-consuming than other treatment options the major benefit is that less healthy skin is removed during the procedure.

Surgical excision

During this procedure your Denver, CO dermatologist will use a scalpel to remove the full growth along with some normal skin surrounding it. After the growth is removed we will stitch up the skin and send the tissue to a lab to make sure that all cancer cells have been removed. In some cases, another excision may be necessary if there are still cells present.

Curettage and desiccation

This is often the most common treatment for those with small, superficial basal and squamous cell carcinomas. After the affected area has been scraped using either a scalpel or curette the area will be cauterized.

Cryosurgery

Your Denver skin doctor will destroy the tumor by spraying it with liquid nitrogen. Since cutting is not involved in this procedure anesthesia is usually not necessary. This procedure can be used multiple times in one session to increase the chances of removing all cancerous cells.

After treatment, the growth will crust over and fall off over the course of a couple weeks. This procedure is often recommended to patients who can’t tolerate anesthesia or have bleeding disorders.

Radiation therapy

This is another option that doesn’t require anesthesia or cutting. Instead, X-rays are emitted to destroy the tumor. While this procedure boasts high cure rates there are some concerns about exposure to radiation, so this treatment option is not as common. Radiation is usually recommended for tumors that are too hard to treat through surgery and for patients in poor health that should not have surgery.

Medication

There are some FDA-approved topical medications like 5-fluorouracil and imiquimod that that can be used to treat certain superficial skin cancers like basal cell carcinomas. Some of these medications are topical forms of chemotherapy that are used to destroy cancerous cells.

Worried about a suspicious growth? Need a skin cancer screening? Then turn to Cherry Creek Dermatology for all of your skincare needs. We are here for you!

By Dr. Maloney
September 10, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Untagged

Tea tree oil has been shown to have antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

 

One studied compared treatment with mupirocin 2% nasal ointment, chlorhexidine 4% soap and silver sulfadiazine 1% cream versus a tea tree oil regimen that included a tea tree 10% cream and tea tree 5% body wash. There was no significant difference in efficacy between the two programs and both were shown to be effective against MRSA.4



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