General Medical Dermatology
General Medical Dermatology
Our physicians specialize in the diagnosis, management, treatment, and prevention of skin, hair, and nail disorders.
Common skin disorders that we routinely treat include acne, psoriasis, eczema, warts, rashes, and skin cancers.
We encourage our patients to schedule a yearly full body check to examine moles, birthmarks, and other growths for any abnormalities.
It may be necessary to take a sample of a growth on your skin so a dermatopathologist can look under the microscope for atypical cells. This procedure is called a skin biopsy.
Sun Safety Tips
The sun’s invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause significant damage to your skin. These negative effects include sunburns, wrinkles, eye damage, and skin cancers. No matter what time of the day or what month of the year, your skin is constantly exposed to this radiation. The good news is that there are many ways you can protect your skin from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. Here are some helpful tips:
Seek shade. Try to locate trees and shade covers when outdoors. Plan indoor activities between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when the sun is most intense.
Wear sun protective clothing. Choose to wear wide brimmed hats, long sleeves, long pants, UV-protective sunglasses, and UV-protective swim-shirts.
Know the shadow rule. If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are at their strongest, and you are more likely to burn. Short shadow = seek shade.
Apply a good sunblock. Choose a product that has an SPF 30 or higher and protects against both UVA and UVB. Apply liberally and evenly 15-30 minutes before going outside. In general, most sunblocks need to be reapplied every 2 hours to remain effective.
Protect your children. Teach them at an early age how to practice sun-protective behaviors. When outdoors, sunblock should be applied to all children over the age of 6 months.
There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanned skin is your body’s response to protect itself from the damaging ultraviolet rays.
Avoid tanning salons. Exposure to this type of artificial UV is even more intense than natural sunlight and increases your chances of photodamage and skin cancer.
Follow the daily UV forecast. You can find the daily UV index on your local weather report. Use the index data to make responsible decisions about outdoor activities and sun protection behaviors. The index is based on a scale of 0-10+ with 0 having a minimal risk of skin burning and 10+ having a very high risk of burning.
SKIN SENSE - A Story about Sun Safety for Young Children - By Lori Lehrer-Glickman, Ed.M, MSW Illustrated by Claudia Glickman. This is the first published book ever available to teach pre-school age children the importance of sun protection. In this colorful and fun narrative, kids learn why and how to protect their skin. Proper and routine sun protection beginning in early childhood will greatly reduce one's risk of developing skin cancer as an adult. Frustrated by the lack of children's books on sun safety, Dr. Bell asked her sister Lori Glickman to write a book specifically for this impressionable age group. This accurate book grabs the attention of its young audience and impels them to want to protect their skin. To purchase this special book, please email: LGbooksforkids@aol.com
Border: the edges of a mole are jagged, notched or uneven
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. The three most common types are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common of the three. It grows slowly and rarely spreads. However, if left untreated it can become locally invasive and destructive.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common of the skin cancers and does have a small chance of spreading to other areas of the body.
Melanoma is the form of skin cancer that can be deadly if not detected early.
Learn the ABCDE’s of Melanoma
Dermatologists commonly apply the following rules to help diagnose melanoma. If any of your moles have any of these characteristics, you should be checked by a dermatologist.
Asymmetry: one side of the mole does not look like the other side
Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms.
Sun exposure increases a person’s risk of developing any of these skin cancers. Your moles and freckles should be evaluated at least once yearly by a dermatologist. You may need to be seen more often if you have a history of pre-cancers or skin cancers. If you have any growths that are new or non-healing, do not hesitate to get examined.
How to Perform a Self-Skin Exam
Early detection is the best defense against skin cancer. Review these simple steps on how to examine your skin at home and incorporate it into your routine at least once monthly.
Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then right and left sides with arms raised.
Rabin-Greenberg Dermatology was founded by Dr. Vicki Rabin and Dr. Cindy Greenberg. They first opened the Houston, Texas, office in 1991 and three years later expanded to include a second office in Kingwood, Texas. All of our physicians are board certified in dermatology and treat both children and adults in all office locations. Our offices are staffed with courteous receptionists to schedule your appointments and a team of nurses, medical assistants, and aestheticians who have years of experience and specialized training in the skin field.
Greenpark One Building
7515 South Main Street Suite 770
Houston, Texas 77030
2300 Green Oak Drive Suite 200
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Dermatology Associates of Sugar Land
2225 Williams Trace Blvd. Suite 112
Sugar Land, Texas 77478