|ACETIC ACID SOAKS
1. Mix 3 tablespoons of
plain white vinegar per quart of cool tap water.
2. Dip cloth in solution
and apply to the affected area as many times as your physician perscribed
Leave soaks on for 15 to 20 minutes.
We suggest that you try this at home treatment before making an
appointment. If you do have any questions, we invite you to call us.
Soak wart in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Take out and pat dry.
Pare down softened skin gently with either emery board or pumice stone until
all softened tissue is removed.
3. Apply wart medication (Occulusal-HP,
Occlusal, Duofilm, Duoplant) to wart.
4. Allow medication to dry
completely. It will usually turn a white, chalky color when completely dry.
5. Cover wart with a piece of Blenderm tape, to be left on until the
next time the wart is treated.
6. Continue this treatment nightly. More
than likely, you will come to a point in time when the skin surrounding the
wart is irritated. When this occurs, wart treatment should be discontinued for
several days, until the surrounding skin has recovered. Then reinstitute wart
treatment, as given above. You may find that you are only able to tolerate this
several nights on, several nights off, or on an every other night basis.
7. You will find the wart will gradually decrease in size. If small
enough at the time of your next appointment, a decision will be made to either
continue this form of wart treatment or to institute additional treatment
|SIMPLE GUIDELINES TO HELP PROTECT YOU FROM THE
DAMAGING RAYS OF THE SUN
you by The Skin Cancer Foundation
sun exposure during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest.
Try to plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late
hat, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when out in the sun. Choose
tightly-woven materials for greater protection from the sun's rays.
sunscreen before every exposure to the sun, and reapply frequently and
liberally, at least every two hours, as long as you stay in the sun. The
sunscreen should always be reapplied after swimming or perspiring heavily,
since products differ in their degrees of water resistance. We recommend
sunscreens with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or more printed on the
sunscreen during high altitude activities such as mountain climbing and skiing.
At high altitudes, where there is less atmosphere to absorb the sun's rays,
your risk of burning is greater. The sun also is stronger near the equator
where the sun's rays earth most directly.
forget to use your sunscreen on overcast days. The sun's rays are as damaging
to your skin on cloudy, hazy days as they are on sunny days.
||Individuals at high risk for skin cancer (outdoor workers,
fair-skinned individuals, and persons who have already had skin cancer) should
apply sunscreens daily.
||Photosensitivity - an increased sensitivity to sun exposure - is a
possible side effect of certain medications, drugs and cosmetics, and of birth
control pills. Consult your physician or pharmacist before going out in the sun
if you're using any such products need to take extra precautions.
develop an allergic reaction to your sunscreen, change sunscreens. One of the
many products on the market today should be right for you.
reflective surfaces! Sand, snow, concrete and water can reflect more half the
sun's rays onto your skin. Sitting in the shade does not guarantee protection
tanning parlors. The UV light emitted by tanning booths causes sunburn and
premature aging, and increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
infants out of the sun. Begin using sunscreens on children at six months of
age, and then allow sun exposure with moderation.
children sun protection early. Sun damage occurs with each unprotected sun
exposure and accumulates over the course of a lifetime.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WITH RETIN-A
* During the first few days of therapy some
patients may experience a heightened skin sensitivity, peeling or notice a
"blush". If this happens to you, it is only your skin adjusting to Retin-A, and
it will probably subside in two to four weeks.
* After three to six
weeks, you may notice the appearance of "new" blemishes. These are not new
blemishes, but previously unseen, deep-rooted lesions or microcomedones that
have been brought to the skin surface. These uprooted blemishes are part of the
healing process and a sign that Retin-A is working. When you have reached this
stage, it is very important to continue the therapy.
* Do not be
discouraged if you see no immediate improvement. Gradual improvement should be
noticed after six to twelve weeks.
ARE ON RETIN-A THERAPY
* Do not use products with a high
concentration of alcohol, spices, lime or any that have a drying effect.
Use cosmetics that are listed as non-comedogenic (non-acne producing).
not use abrasive soaps or cleansers.
* Do not pick, squeeze or "pop"
* Do not go to tanning booths.
* Do not become pregnant
while on Retin-A. If this should occur, discontinue Retin-A and contact your
AND REMEMBER THESE SPECIAL
* Minimize exposure to the sun and use a
* Avoid excessive exposure to the wind and cold. If exposed, use
protective clothing, such as a scarf or high-neck coat collar.
* Do not use
other medications with Retin-A unless your doctor recommends them.
medication from the nose, eyes and mouth. * For facial dryness, you may use a
non-comedogenic facial moisturizer, such as Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer
We suggest that you try
these at home treatments and care before making an appointment. If you do have
any questions, we invite you to call us.
1. Avoid Fragrances and Dyes
2. Bathe in warm, but not hot water using Dove unscented or Cetaphil
3. After bath or shower, pat dry then apply moisturizer -
4. Datergent - All-Free (Frangrance and Preservative
5. Fabric Softeners that er used in the rinse cycle of the washers are
fine. No dryer sheets or bleach.
You must protect your
skin from soaps, detergents, iffitants and alergens as much as possible.
Therefore; your routine activities should always include the
1. Use mild soap such as Cetaphil or Dove unscented to
minimize irritation and don't over wash your hands. Dry thoroughly.
Regularly use Cetaphil crea,. Most helpful when applies to damp skin.
Protect ands with gloves when using irritants, cleaning supplies, washing
dishes, cutting fruits and vegtables.
4. The best rubber gloves to use are
Playtex cotton lined rubber gloves or you may obtain white cotton gloves liners
at the pharmacy and wear these inside of protective gloves to help absorb
5. Apply perscriptions as directed by physicians,
use these directly on skin and you may apply a moisturizer over the top of the
perscription medication once it has dried.
|PREVENTION OF FUNGAL REINFECTION
treatment with pills, all four of the fungus should be gone from the skin of
your feet. The fungus in your nails should also be killed, although the nails
may remain thickened and discolored until they completely grow out.
is possible for fungus to re-infect the skin of your feet or your nail, even
after taking pills. Here are some helpful hints to prevent re-infection.
and nails clean by washing your feet everyday with soap.
to about 2-3 mm beyond the attachment of the nail. DO not cut too short - "into
share nail clippers or any other nail care equipment. If your toenails are
infected with fungus, don't use toenail clippers on fingernails.
going barefoot in public facilities, especially locker rooms.
going barefoot in hotels, as fungal particles may be living in the carpeting
and on the bathroom floor.
someone else's shoes or socks.
tennis shoes and well-worn shoes should be thrown away, as they may be heavily
contaminated with fungal particles.
wear gloves when working in the garden.
wear shoes when outside.
breathing room - wear loose-fitting, well-ventilated shoes.
socks and shoes as dry as possible.
made of natural, absorbent materials such as cotton and wool (not synthetics
such as rayon and polyester).
when washing socks.
family members evaluated to see if others may be infected.
antifungal powder or cream on your feet an shoes once a week.
Cancer Foundation grants its Seal of Recommendation to sunscreen products of
SPF 15 or greater and sun protection devices which meet the Foundation's
criteria as "aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin." For a
complete list of products, please send a stamped, self-addressed, business size
The Skin Cancer Foundation, Box 561, Dept. SR, New York, NY