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Most people refer to dark irregular patches of skin as moles. Moles are not to be confused with birthmarks or freckles, which are both characteristically different. They can be individually located or found in groups and clusters. Some people have hundreds of moles and others have few if any. Moles can be found on most any part of the body.

What causes moles?

Moles occur when melanocytes are concentrated or clustered in our skin. Melanocytes produce melanin which is the pigment that gives color to our skin. Moles can be present at birth, grow over time, or develop due to genetic reasons. Sun exposure also seems to have an effect on mole development. Little is known about what actually causes a mole to form.

Mole Biopsy

At Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic in Rexburg we can put your worries to ease. If you are worried about a mole or other suspicious lesion, our care providers can perform a skin biopsy. The most common reason for a biopsy is to determine if a skin lesion or mole is cancerous. However a biopsy can also be useful in determining if a skin inflammation is a bacterial or a fungal infection. A biopsy is performed by taking a small sample of skin tissue and performing a microscopic examination.

Mole Evaluations

Moles can be evaluated using the following method. Dermatologic care providers typically remove moles if one or more of the ABC’s are present, if the patient finds the mole unattractive or they become worrisome.

ABC’s of Atypical Moles

  • A is for Asymmetry. If a mole is asymmetric, then it lacks symmetry or balance. This can be determined by imagining the mole was to be cut in half. The sides would not be proportional to each other. Normal moles are symmetrical.
  • B is for Border. A regular mole is usually rounded in shape. Borders that are blurred, jagged, notched, or otherwise irregular often indicate a possible problem.
  • C is for Color. Moles should be uniform in color. Variations in color, darker spots, inconsistent shading from one side to the other, or patches may need to be evaluated.
  • D is for Diameter. As a general rule of thumb, moles should not be larger than 6mm. That is roughly the size of a pencil eraser. They should not be increasing in size.
  • E is for evolving. Any time a mole begins to bleed, itch, or becomes otherwise inflamed; it can be a cause of concern. Change can be an indicator of developing melanomas.
If your moles have exhibited any signs of the ABC’s, it’s probably a good time to visit Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic in Rexburg.
Mole Removal Procedure
  • Skin around the area is sterilized and cleansed.
  • An anesthetic is applied to numb the area.

Depending on the mole or lesion a few different procedures can be used or variations of which to most effectively eliminate the mole.

  1. Cauterization: With the area now numbed, the mole is carefully burned away. Cauterization does not usually require stitches.
  2. Excision: A scalpel or a medical blade is used to cut the mole carefully out. Stitches may or may not be needed to pull the skin back together depending on the severity of the mole.
  3. Excision followed by Cauterization: Cutting followed by cauterization.
  4. Shaving Method: Most commonly used for protruding moles. The mole is lifted and removed with a scalpel, leaving the area flush with the surrounding skin. Next the area is cauterized to stop bleeding.

Topical antibiotics are then used and the area is bandaged and covered.

The word cryosurgery comes from the Greek word “cryo” meaning cold. Cryosurgery is the process of using controlled freezing to get rid of unwanted tissue. Warts, moles, small skin cancers, and other abnormal tissue can be destroyed using this method. It enables the destruction of a wide variety of superficial skin lesions by using techniques of controlled rapid freezing.

Cryosurgery is a simple, useful, and cost effective way of controlling and getting rid of unwanted tissue. It typically has excellent results, with few side effects, and overall less scarring than many other procedures. It is also a very common treatment for benign and pre-malignant skin lesions.

While cryosurgery can be used for internal procedures, here at Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic in Rexburg, we only use cryosurgery for skin procedures. These include specific focal destruction of topical warts, abnormal tissues, small skin cancers, and other unwanted skin lesions.

Acne is a common human skin disease that effects most people to some degree during their teen years, and it often continues into late adulthood. It is characterized by black heads, inflamed red lesions, and pimples. Acne is caused by excess oil production from the sebaceous gland. This oil called sebum is responsible for lubricating skin and hair follicles. When excess sebum combines with dead skin cells it clogs skin pours: resulting in the formation of inflamed red spots, black heads and pimples. Typically acne occurs on the face, but also can occur on the neck, back, shoulders and trunk.

Treatment for acne depends on the type and severity of the skin lesions. Although acne is usually not a serious health risk, severe acne can be painful and cause scarring. Medical treatment can improve appearance, self esteem, and prevent permanent scarring. Several different dermatology methods are available. Two common methods used here in Rexburg at Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic are Surgery and Cryospray.

Acne Surgery

Acne Surgery is a process of manually draining and extracting clogged skin pores. Delicate tools such as small scalpels or needles are used to remove the layer of skin inclosing the lesion. Then an extractor can be used to remove the sebum and dead skin. This should not be attempted by patients. Correct training, tools, and sterile environment are essential to successful draining. Improper squeezing and picking can lead to worse infections, deeper scars, and inflamed cysts. Properly done, draining and extracting clogged skin lesions can be very effective treatment method to heal acne lesions and reduce scarring.

Acne Cryospray

Acne Cryospray uses a topical spray application of liquid nitrogen to control active acne as well as reduce and remove superficial lesions. Cryospray is an effective treatment with quick results. It’s ideal for removing some superficial skin lesions, cysts, nodules, and skin tags. These can easily lead to scarring if not treated or treated inadequately. Acne cryospray also encourages new healthy tissue growth beneath the treated skin lesions.

Runny nose, persistent cough, high fever or achy all over? Sound familiar? The common cold can be caused by hundreds of different viruses. If you have had a viral cold, pneumonia, or bronchitis, it is usual to have a cough. Coughing is the body’s natural way to protect its lungs and throat. A productive cough will help clear mucus and phlegm from the lungs and throat. While productive coughs can be beneficial, nonproductive coughs can be very irritating and annoying. Airways can quickly become extra sensitive and coughing can become painful.

Don’t let your cold turn into an infection, earache, sinusitis, or pneumonia. Drink lots of water and come visit our clinic if you need safe, effective remedies to help you recover. Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic has over 10 years of experience of dealing with illnesses. We can prescribe the latest prescriptions, counsel on over-the-counter medications, and help you meet your wellness needs.

We are trained to care for patients of all ages and we work hard to remain current on all aspects of health care. Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic is your top resource for quality health care. You are guaranteed to receive high quality care, in a friendly, professional environment at a fair price. Understanding your specific needs and catering treatments towards them is our specialty.

We may recommend the use of the following for patient relief from the common cold. If you have questions on cold relief or symptoms, please call us or come and visit our clinic where we can help prevent your cough or cold from getting worse.

  • Nasal Decongestants: Relieve nasal and sinus congestion by shrinking swollen blood veins in the nasal area making it easier to breath.
  • Cough Suppressants: Suppress the cough by lessening the urge to cough. Beneficial for non productive coughs that haven’t gone away.
  • Throat Lozenges: Small medicated tablet designed to lubricate and sooth an irritated throat.
  • Expectorants: A medicine designed to help the body expel mucus by loosening it in the respiratory tract allowing the mucus to be coughed up easier.
  • Pain Relievers: Reduce fevers, headaches, and relieve any number of other aches and pains.

Did you know we offer much more than just dermatology related Cosmetic Skin Care Procedures?

Tired of a running nose, sneezing and watering eyes? Come visit Fall
Creek Skin and Health Clinic in Rexburg.

Allergies are a result of a hypersensitive immune system, meaning your
immune system reacts to things that don’t bother other people.
Because allergies cause a wide range of symptoms, we take an
individual approach to meet your specific needs. Whatever your
sensitivity is: milk, dust, medicine, pollen, or perfume, you have
come to the right place. Catering treatment to your
individual health care needs is our specialty. We provide the latest
medications, prescriptions, allergy shots and lab tests. At Fall
Creek Skin and Health Clinic in Rexburg, you can count on high quality health care
at a fair price.

We are located at 556 Trejo Ste B Rexburg, ID 83440

More than just Dermatology and Cosmetic Skin Care Procedures

Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic based in Rexburg, Idaho is organized as a general family practice clinic with an interest in dermatology related care. We perform most medical related procedures including physicals for work, school or sports. Additionally we perform checkups, annuals and minor outpatient surgeries.

We provide treatment for conditions ranging from minor infections to allergies and sprains. Catering treatment to your specific health care needs is our specialty. We offer the latest medications, prescriptions, and lab tests so we can quickly diagnose and treat your specific condition.

Having been trained to care for patients of all ages, we understand how to speak not only with children so they are as comfortable as possible, but teenagers and adults as well. When discussing the diagnosis, we try hard to speak in general terms, but still explain the condition in a way that you understand the treatment options. At Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic of Rexburg you can count on the highest quality health care in a safe, clean and compassionate environment.

All procedures are performed at 556 Trejo Ste B Rexburg, ID 83440 in our office. See Our Location for a map.

We also offer:

  • Excisions
  • Shave Biopsies
  • Hyfercation
  • Electrodessication & Curettage
  • Lacerations
  • Foreign Body Removals

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