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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

by Clifton Davidson

Skin cancer is the most common and prevalent of all cancers. Most skin cancer is caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning beds. Although skin cancer can be fatal, it can also be treated successfully if it is caught in time. If you are concerned about skin cancer, here are some important things you need to know.

Signs Of Possible Skin Cancer

In most cases, skin cancer is found by observing unusual markings seen on the skin by the naked eye. If you have a mole that has suddenly changed shape, size, or color, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You may also notice small red nodules on the skin, or a bump that has a pearly sheen or a waxy coating. These are common signs of skin cancer that should be tested in order to confirm whether they are cancerous or not. Your doctor can take a small sample of the skin and look at it under a microscope to determine if there are any cancerous cells. While many cases of skin cancer occur on the face and neck area, it can also be found on the back, hands, and legs. 

High Risks Of Skin Cancer

Anyone who spends a lot of time in the sun can be at risk for skin cancer. This is especially true for people who live in higher altitudes that spend a lot of time outdoors since they are closer to the sun. People who use tanning beds are at a much higher risk, since the exposure to UV light is more direct and much stronger over a shorter period of time. People who work outside a lot are also at risk. If you have fair or pale skin and get sunburn easily, or you had a lot of sunburns as a child, you are also at risk. People with a lot of moles or those with a weakened immune system also have a higher risk for skin cancer.

Treatments For Skin Cancer

If you've been diagnosed with skin cancer, there are several different methods of treatment available. For smaller areas, your doctor may simply freeze the area using liquid nitrogen. This will remove the cancerous skin area and is good for those with a mild form of the cancer. For larger areas, you may need to undergo a skin excision. The doctor will cut away the cancerous areas of the skin, and remove a small area around it to prevent it from potentially spreading. For more serious cases, you may have to undergo Mohs surgery, which involves the doctor cutting away your skin layer by layer until the cancerous layers are no longer there. If the skin cancer has spread to other parts of the body such as the lymph nodes, radiation, medication, and chemotherapy may be needed. Spotting and identifying skin cancer early can mean the difference between complex and simple treatment, and finding it early can save your life. Contact a doctor, like Henry E. Wiley, III, M.D., for more information.