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Intramuscular Cortisone Shot

Conveniently located to serve Downtown L.A. Brentwood L.A. Pasadena & Costa Mesa

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About Our Intramuscular Cortisone Shot Services

Intramuscular cortisone shots are a way to address intense inflammatory skin problems in appropriate individuals. It involves the careful injection of potent corticosteroid medication into a muscle, often the buttock or upper arm. These shots are used for severe eczema, psoriasis, or allergic reactions, as corticosteroids reduce inflammation and alleviate associated symptoms by toning down immune responses.

The key advantage of intramuscular cortisone shots is their ability to provide broad relief, beneficial for extensive or severe symptoms that cover large areas of skin. Unlike topical treatments, these shots distribute corticosteroids throughout the body via the bloodstream, effectively reaching inflamed areas. This approach usually employs a milder dose compared to oral steroids, minimizing the risk of a rebound effect.

Temporary effects like skin dimples at the injection site due to fat thinning can occur. People with diabetes, insulin resistance, severe osteoporosis, or active infections should inform their Metropolis Dermatology dermatology provider. Cortisone shot effects typically last around 1-3 months, offering a considerable respite from symptoms.

Understanding Moles

If you are unclear on the mole definition, find out more about it here. A mole, also known as nevus, is a cluster of pigmented cells that appear as dark spots on the skin. They develop due to the accumulation of melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells. 

While most skin moles are harmless, understanding their formation is essential. Explore topics such as the definition of moles, their development, and their connection to melanin production.

 

Types of Moles

Delve into the various types of moles here: 

  • Congenital moles - Present at birth, larger in size, potential for increased melanoma risk.
  • Dysplastic nevi - Irregular shapes, varying colors, higher melanoma risk.
  • Common moles - Everyday pigmented spots, usually harmless. Vary in color and size, often round or oval.

 

Signs of Atypical Moles

Identifying atypical or suspicious moles involves paying attention to specific characteristics. Watch for asymmetry, irregular borders, variations in color, and any changes in diameter or evolution in appearance. 

If a mole exhibits these irregularities during self-examination, it's crucial to seek professional evaluation promptly. Monitoring mole irregularities helps in the early detection of potential skin issues, ensuring timely intervention and peace of mind.

 

ABCDEs of Melanoma Detection

Learn the rules of ABCDE for melanoma skin cancer detection, such as the following: 

  • Assess moles for Asymmetry, ensuring both halves match 
  • Inspect irregular Borders
  • Note Color variations
  • Monitor Diameter, with a threshold of 6mm
  • Be vigilant for any Evolving changes in size, shape, or color. 

Understanding and applying these criteria during mole examination enhances early skin cancer detection and intervention.

 

Mole Self-Examination Guide

Conduct a thorough self mole examination with these steps. Use a mirror to check moles on all body parts in a well-lit area. Look for asymmetry, irregular borders, color changes, and any variations in size. Enlist a partner for hard-to-reach areas. Perform this skin check at home monthly to detect any abnormalities early, ensuring proactive skin health.

 

When to See a Dermatologist

Book a dermatologist mole check if you notice sudden changes, itching, bleeding, or any concerns about the ABCDE criteria. Timely dermatologist consultations ensure accurate assessments and proactive interventions, promoting peace of mind regarding your skin health. Don't hesitate; prioritize your well-being with professional mole consultation.

 

 

 

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Take control of your skin health.  If you have concerns about moles or notice changes, don't hesitate to book a consultation for a mole check. We have customers coming in from Brentwood, Downtown L.A., Pasadena, Costa Mesa & Orange County. Schedule an appointment with Metropolis Dermatology today!

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