Warts aren't just unsightly but can be painful if they're exposed to constant friction or pressure. Removing the growths is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes in your dermatologist's office. Wart removal is among the services offered by Odessa, TX, dermatologists Drs. Robert Chappell and Ritchie Rosso.
Can I get rid of my wart at home?
Some warts can be removed with home treatment, although you may need to spend months or weeks applying the treatments to your skin. Even if you use over-the-counter products faithfully, they may not get rid of your warts. If you use solutions or patches, the medication may not effectively penetrate the deeper layers of the wart. Drugstore products that kill warts by freezing them may not be cold enough to make a difference.
How do dermatologists remove warts?
Your Odessa, TX, dermatologist offers several types of wart removal treatment, including:
- Salicylic Acid Treatment: Salicylic acid removes the cells in a wart one layer at a time. Although the ingredient is found in over-the-counter treatments, the salicylic acid gels and patches prescribed by dermatologists contain higher concentrations of the acid.
- Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, causing a deep blister. The blistered skin eventually falls off, although you may need more than one cryotherapy treatment to completely remove your wart.
- Electrodesiccation and Curettage: Warts are scraped off with a special instrument during electrodesiccation and curettage. The second step in the treatment involves destroying any wart cells left behind with an electric needle.
- Laser Treatment: Laser light heats and kills the cells in your wart, but leaves surrounding skin untouched.
A visit to the skin doctor can help you finally get rid of your warts! Call Odessa, TX, dermatologists Dr. Robert Chappell and Dr. Ritchie Rosso at (432) 333-6603 to schedule your appointment.
What your dermatologists in Odessa want you to know
Do you get a rash frequently? Do you want to know what might be causing your rash? The truth is there are many reasons why you have a rash, but fortunately, there are effective therapies to get rid of your rash and keep it from coming back. Dr. Robert Chappell and Dr. Ritchie Rosso at Chappell Rosso Dermatology in Odessa, TX want to help you get relief from your rash.
There are some common reasons why you have a rash. Consider that a rash can be caused by:
- Your environment, especially if you live in a hot, humid climate; you may sweat more, causing pore blockage which can progress to a rash.
- Common allergy triggers including pets, plants like poison ivy, and foods; plant allergies sometimes take up to 72 hours to develop, causing streaks and lines or a blistery rash, and itchy, scaly skin.
- Allergies to medications, usually antibiotics; this type of rash often covers large areas of your body with a spotty, red rash. The rash may take up to a week to develop.
- Skin infections from fungal, viral or bacterial sources; yeast infection, shingles, and impetigo are examples of these rashes.
- Contact dermatitis; a dry, non-itchy rash often caused by exposure to a chemical or allergen
- Atopic dermatitis; also known as eczema, often found in folds of skin on your face, neck, behind your knees and on your trunk
Rashes often itch and can be very uncomfortable. Initially, you can try over-the-counter products like these:
- Aveeno oatmeal baths
- Anti-itch lotions, creams, or sprays
- Antihistamine medications like Benadryl
For stubborn, severe rashes, you need to seek out your dermatologist. At Chappell Rosso Dermatology, common rash treatments include:
- Oral steroid medications to reduce itching
- Antibiotic or cortisone creams to prevent infection and inflammation
- Prescription strength topical and oral antihistamine medications
You don’t have to let a rash take over your skin. Just call Dr. Chappell and Dr. Rosso at Chappell Rosso Dermatology in Odessa, TX to get relief from your rash. Call today!
Know what to look for when it comes to skin cancer warning signs.
Whether a member of your family has been diagnosed with skin cancer, you’re fair skinned or you just loved those beach days growing up, there are many reasons people begin to think about the possibility of skin cancer. Our Odessa, TX, dermatologists Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. and Dr. Ritchie Rosso want you to take your skin health seriously.
Are you performing monthly self-examinations?
How will you know that a mole or growth has developed or changed if you aren’t performing regular skin exams on yourself? It’s important that you are able to pinpoint problems as soon as possible so you can get the treatment you need. By conducting thorough skin exams once a month you can detect early warning signs much easier than someone who isn’t in the know.
What should I be looking for?
Whether you just started performing monthly skin exams or you just aren’t sure what you’re looking for, our Odessa, TX, skin doctor is here to help guide your self-exams so that you know what problems should be addressed right away.
Almost all people have moles, and a healthy mole will be completely symmetrical, have a clearly defined border and be a single color. While some people are born with moles, others appear throughout childhood. If you want to figure out if a mole is suspicious, just practice your ABCDEs:
- Asymmetry: This means that if you were to draw a line down the middle of the healthy mole that each side would be identical in size and shape.
- Border: Healthy moles have a clearly defined border, while suspicious moles will have a jagged, blurry or poorly defined border.
- Color: Moles should only be a single color. If you notice a mole has multiple colors or changes color then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.
- Diameter: While some melanomas might be small, in most cases, if a mole is larger than a pencil eraser this is a cause for concern.
- Evolving: Moles should remain the same throughout your life. If you notice a new mole, or if a mole changes size, color or shape, then it’s time to schedule a consultation.
It’s also important to visit our dermatologists if you notice that a mole is bleeding, itchy or scaly, if you notice a lump or sore that doesn’t go away, or if there is swelling or redness around a mole. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call one of our offices in Odessa, TX. Turn to Chappell Rosso Dermatology for regular skin cancer screenings.
Shaving, plucking and waxing can be tedious and time-consuming, particularly if you regularly remove large areas of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal can provide a better option. Dermatologists Drs. Robert Chappell Jr. and Ritchie Rosso of Chappell Rosso Dermatology in Odessa, TX, explain how laser hair removal works.
Laser light targets hair follicles
Laser light prevents hair by heating and damaging hair follicles. Although the laser light is strong enough to slow or stop the growth of hairs, it won't hurt your skin. Because laser light targets the pigments that give hair its color, it may not be quite as effective on blonde, gray or red hairs.
Laser hair removal can be used to get rid of hair on your:
- Upper lip
- Bikini area
Laser hair removal offers long-lasting results
It usually takes several appointments to completely remove hair from one area of your body. Because all of the hairs may not be at the same point in the growth cycle, you'll probably need about six to eight treatments to ensure that you're completely hair-free. Laser hair removal slows the growth of hairs and may even permanently prevent new growth. If you do eventually experience regrowth, you can become hair-free again by scheduling an appointment with our Odessa office.
What can I expect during a hair removal session?
Prior to the treatment, a cooling gel will be applied to your skin to reduce the warming sensation that occurs when the laser is turned on. You may notice a mild pinching or stinging sensation when the light is aimed at your skin, but the treatment shouldn't be painful. It's not unusual for the skin to look a little red or sunburned for a few days after a hair removal treatment. Minor pain following hair removal treatment can be managed by applying an anti-inflammatory cream or an ice pack to the reddened area.
Would you like to give up shaving and plucking for good? Schedule an appointment with dermatologists Drs. Chappell and Rosso of Chappell Rosso Dermatology in Odessa, TX, by calling (423) 333-6603 or (432) 580-8060.
Could you be an ideal candidate for this cosmetic dermatological service? Let’s find out!
Every time you look in the mirror you can’t believe how tired and weathered your skin looks. Maybe years of squinting at your computer has left you with the crow’s feet to prove it. And despite the benefits that come with laughing, you may also have some pretty intense laugh lines that aren’t as attractive. If this sounds like you, our Odessa, TX, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. and Dr. Ritchie Rosso, Jr., are here to tell you whether you could benefit from Botox treatment.
Before getting any cosmetic dermatology from our Odessa skin doctors it’s important that you understand what goes into getting treatment and to decide whether you have the right qualifications necessary. Here are some factors to consider before getting Botox.
Botox isn’t permanent
While you will get smoother skin and Botox will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles of the face, it’s important to acknowledge that these results aren’t meant to last forever. Botox results usually last about three to four months; however, the good news is that you can continue to get follow-up Botox treatment regularly to maintain your results.
Botox is only effective for certain wrinkles
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic and static wrinkles. What is the difference? Dynamic wrinkles and lines appear when making facial expressions, while static wrinkles will still be present even when you aren’t making facial expressions. Botox will only effectively treat dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet, laugh lines and forehead wrinkles.
Botox won’t make drastic changes
It’s important to be realistic when it comes to your cosmetic treatment. This is why the consultation process is so important. We want you to understand what Botox and other treatments can offer you and what they can’t so you won’t be disappointed by your results. After all, we want you to be happy with your treatment.
Botox is great for refreshing your appearance but it certainly won’t fix sagging skin and folds. If you want to fix more serious skin problems then you may want to consider more aggressive options like microdermabrasion, chemical peels or even cosmetic surgery.
Are you interested in getting Botox in Odessa, TX? If so, then it’s time you called Chappell Rosso Dermatology to find out if you could be the perfect candidate. Let us help you feel comfortable in the skin you’re in.
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