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Coronavirus Hand Washing Tips Skin Protection COVID-19

Coronavirus Hand Washing Tips Skin Protection COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and being in the deep trenches of an aggressive flu season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending frequent handwashing to stop or reduce the spread of infectious germs. In our family we are prone to dermatitis, rashes, and ultra-dry skin from handwashing. We did what most families did when we started hearing about the coronavirus. We stocked up on soap, cleansing wipes. anti-bacterial gels, and prepping supplies. Before we bought out the local Super Target on the soap aisle, we called our dermatologist office. We quickly learned which products to purchase and the value of proper handwashing. In fact, the CDC calls handwashing a do it yourself vaccine and emphasizes that handwashing saves lives when it comes to removing germs and preventing illness. While it is not truly a vaccine, it does work on washing away bacteria and viruses.  Below are some lessons learned in my research and talking to dermatologists.

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What Dermatologists Recommend

1. Avoid antibacterial soaps and gels when possible. They can have an adverse effect to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These soaps have not been proven to be better than regular soap. They often contain harsh ingredients that may be harmful, especially to young children and toddlers.

Why avoid antibacterial soaps for handwashing

      • They contain harsh chemicals which can irritate your skin and may have other harmful effects.
      • They have not been shown to perform better than other soaps. Remember the flu and coronavirus are viruses. Antibacterial soaps have little to no effect on viruses. They are meant to kill bacteria.
      • They have been shown to help increase the number and types of resistant bacteria.
      • Studies show you wash you tend to wash your hands longer with regular soap.

Best Dermatologist-Recommended Handwashing Products

If you have a specific need to use antibacterial soap, such as when you do not have access to soap and water, our doctors recommend Softsoap Antibacterial Hand Soap with moisturizer, as it is less harsh on the hands.

2. Pay attention to ingredients that dry or irritate the skin. When possible avoid chemicals and the following ingredients: fragrances, parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), methylisothiazolinone, Cocamidopropyl betaine, triclosan, 1, 4-dioxane, and aluminum.

What are the top dermatologist-recommended handwashing soaps?

3. Some of the best dermatologists in the United States recommend a product made by a company called Puracy. The recommended soap is called Puracy Natural Foaming Hand Soap. The Puracy brand is dermatologist-tested and has been shown to be gentle on children and toddlers. It is a plant-derivative, is non-toxic and is sulfate free. This soap promotes hydration and avoids harsh chemicals. It is available for purchase from Amazon or Target.

4. A second dermatologist-recommended soap is Seventh Generation Free and Clean Unscented Natural Hand Wash. Our family already uses Seventh Generation for dishwashing and clothes washing. We were thrilled to learn that this product is a USDA-certified biobased product. We also learned it is a triclosan-free soap with no dyes or phthalates.
It is fragrance free and hypoallergenic. Staples, Walgreens, and Target all carry the soap.

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Our staff and dermatologists are happy to educate patients on the best handwashing practices, while supporting hand health and avoiding irritation.

Suncoast Skin Solutions dermatologists recommend washing hands for a minimum of 30 seconds in lukewarm water. The CDS recommends washing hands especially after using the restroom, blowing your nose, and before consuming food.

Which product is best for restoring moisture to skin after handwashing

Our dermatologists advise applying a moisturizer free of fragrance, dyes, and parabens, such as Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream to prevent over-drying of the hands.

Have a question or a concern about dry or irritated skin? Call our Florida dermatology locator service at 844-786-3376.

Melanoma Monday at Florida’s Suncoast Skin Solutions

Melanoma Monday is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. Melanoma Monday gives new dermatology patients the chance to learn more about the dangers and risks of sun exposure that may lead to melanoma. Skin cancer caused by UV exposure is preventable with the wearing protective clothing and using broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen. Limiting time in the sun can also be a great form of melanoma prevention.

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May Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The month of May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology, is offering free skin cancer screenings as part of our Melanoma Monday program for 2020. Our dermatologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and support staff care deeply about identifying skin cancer early and providing early intervention treatments as needed. Melanoma is the most dangerous and deadliest form of skin cancer. Our team is very through and performs a full body skin examination to look for any unusual moles or growths. If you have noticed changes in moles or the size, texture, shape or color of your moles, please report to the physician during the exam. Also, any family history of skin cancer is helpful information.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Florida

This year the free skin cancer screening falls on May 4, 2020. All you need to do is call us at 844-786-3376 to schedule your appointment with our Florida dermatologist locator team. Book your appointment early as space is limited. At Suncoast Skin Solutions, we provide full dermatologic care with an emphasis on the prevention and cure of skin cancer.  Suncoast Skin Solutions has several fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons on our team serving various Florida locations.

What Causes Psoriasis – Is it Contagious

Psoriasis often presents itself after contracting strep throat or getting a serious sunburn or even a scratch or cut. Scientists believe if you have a psoriasis episode after such a trigger, it all likely started with genes and a predisposition to the disease. Imagine looking down and seeing red patches on your knees that are incredibly itchy after getting strep throat. Immediately, you try and stop the itch and put on some long pants. You wonder if maybe you are having an allergic reaction to an antibiotic or other medication. Which doctor should you see? Should I cancel all my plans? Should you go to a primary care doctor or a skin doctor?

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Other questions arise in your head.

Am I contagious? Will I possibly infect my family?

Will over-the-counter medicines work?

What will people think when they see these lesions?

Will they go away on their own?

I may be pregnant. Will my child inherit psoriasis?

Ultimately, you will be referred to a dermatologist if you do in fact have psoriasis. There is no real test for the disease, yet dermatologists are trained to identify it. If you are diagnosed with psoriasis, your dermatologist will share treatment plan options. Psoriasis can often be controlled with treatment and by being aware and avoiding triggers. You are not alone. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates eight million people in North America have psoriasis.  As for you passing on psoriasis to your children, yes you will likely pass the genes to your child. The child may or may not ever show signs of psoriasis.

Do take it seriously as other health conditions could result such as cardiovascular disease or depression.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an auto-immune (immune-mediated) chronic skin disease in which red raised scaly patches appear on the skin. Psoriasis shows up in different forms and severity levels.  It may be itchy and sting or burn. There are different types of psoriasis. Some show up on the skin as small red spots or pus-filled red bumps.

The most prominent form of psoriasis is:

Plaque psoriasis

With plaque psoriasis, patients develop thick red patches and some white scaly skin appearance, also referred to as lesions. These lesions can develop anywhere over the body, but the most typical appearance of lesions is over scalp, knees, elbows, or lower back area. The raised red patches can crack and bleed.

According to an estimate, more than 7.5 million population in the United States is suffering from this skin condition.

Is Psoriasis Contagious?

Psoriasis shows up as an auto-immune reaction on the surface of the skin. You cannot get psoriasis from coming into contact with someone with the disease. That includes skin to skin contact or a swimming in the same water.

Causes on Psoriasis: Research

According to AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), WebMD, and the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is not contagious. Instead, it is an auto-immune disorder in which specific human genes are responsible for the development of the disease. Just because you have the genes associated psoriasis does not always mean that you will develop the disease. Still, some environmental triggers can also cause or exacerbate psoriasis, which is as follows:

  • Reactions to drugs or medicines
  • Erosional stresses
  • Cold weather
  • Skin injuries and infections
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

The severity of psoriasis:

Psoriasis is usually measured in terms of the emotional and physical impact it causes.

Psoriasis has following severities:

  1. Mild – less than 2% of the body is affected
  2. Moderate – 3 to 10% of the body is affected
  3. Severe –more than 10% of the body is affected

In these categories, the percentage is measured as the palm of the hand representing one percent.

The severity of psoriasis is also tied to how it impacts one’s quality of life. If psoriasis encroaches to extremities like hands and feet, then its intensity is considered as severe because, in these cases, it can affect daily life functions.

Treatment Plans

Your dermatologist will recommend treatment based on the type and severity of the disease. Treatment can be challenging, as it is a chronic condition with unpredictable flare-ups.

See Suncoast Skin Solutions treatment plans

Colleen Ursic, PA-C is a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation and works out of our Daytona Beach office.  Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate psoriasis and offer treatment options.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist near your area of Florida.