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Skin Infections

Warts

Warts are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths that appear when the wart virus infects the top layer of the skin. The virus that causes warts is called human papillomavirus (HPV). You are more likely to get warts if the skin is moist or if you cut or damage your skin in some way.

Warts are contagious and are spread by direct contact with the skin. They often appear as rough, skin-colored, bumps but some types are smooth and flat. Warts are very common, particularly in school-age children.

Don’t shave or pick at warts.

Come in for advice and treatment to get rid of this persistent viral infection!

Bacterial Infections

Skin infections are common and can be due to many different types of bacteria. Bacterial skin infections often start as small, red bumps that increase in size, redness, tenderness and warmth of surrounding skin. Often, bacterial infections require a wound culture in order to isolate the causative organism and more appropriately target treatment. Mild bacterial infections can be treated with prescription topical antibiotics, but more severe infections may require oral antibiotics.

Herpes

Herpes simplex is a common viral infection. If you’ve ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you picked up the herpes simplex virus. Most cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).  Fifty-four percent of persons aged 14-49 carry the HSV-1 virus. These infections tend to flare during times of stress, injury to the lips, or dental work. Other names for cold sores caused by HSV-1 are:

  • Oral herpes
  • Mouth herpes
  • Herpes simplex labialis

A closely related herpes simplex virus, HSV-2, causes most cases of genital herpes. But either HSV-1 or HSV-2 can cause a herpes sore on the face or genitals.

Electrosurgery

Uses a hand-held device with a needle-like tip that introduces a high frequency current to a specific area of the body in order to remove unwanted tissue and seal off blood vessels. Since the treatment targets a specific spot, there is little to no downtime and you can resume most daily activities immediately.

Things to Know

  • Wart removal and removal of cancerous growths
  • Effectively treats papules and blemishes from the skin surface
  • Treats superficial veins
  • No downtime
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Target specific

From Our Patients

If is was not for Dr Monica Scheel Dermatology Office, I would still not know that I had Melanoma on my leg. The spot was so small that I had not noticed it, and was discovered when I had my full body cancer screen check at Monica’s Office, with their professional and caring dedication to the customers.

Mom and I wanted to say MAHALO for all you did for us today!!!

When I called this morning to make an appointment for Mom, I was thrilled when Danielle said there was an opening at 11:45am. We felt a sense of relief since she has been in pain for a while. It was comforting to know there is no pressure sore or something skin related going on.

Your immediate glance to my arm was heartwarming. You cared so much to interrupt Mom’s appointment to look at my lesion. Taking the time to do the biopsy and explaining the next steps was the absolute best. It made me stop worrying about the unknown and know I’m taking steps in the right direction with your guidance.

Patient Care Coordinator Gia was also helpful and kind to both of us today – MAHALO Gia!!!

Dr. Scheel – your warm and friendly manner, combined with your professional expertise is such a gift. You exude genuine caring, confidence and competence. We feel so fortunate you are here in Kona.

THANK YOU so much for everything you did for us today !!!

While Melasma can be an extremely difficult skin condition to treat and can reoccur at any time – one that I may have to battle with for the rest of my life – I now feel that I have learned enough from Dr. Scheel to not let it get out of control as I allowed it to before.

Thank you Dr. Monica Scheel for taking the time to care and making me feel beautiful again from the inside-out. And thank you for helping me to believe that there is hope for Melasma.

Read full story for this patient here.

After several years of suffering with a skin condition on my hands, fingers and back, I went to a dermatologist (not Dr. Scheel) about 4 years ago. That doctor spent 5 minutes in the room with me, said it was psoriasis and nothing could be done about it.

I had heard of Dr. Scheel so decide to try a different dermatologist. My 1st exam was 45 minutes, at which time Dr. Scheel checked all of my skin and asked questions about my health and life style, stress level. She suggested doing a test to see if I had allergy or intolerance to 30 different foods, because that can be a cause. After the test results came back, we met again and was told that 5 foods (refined sugar, cows milk, wheat, eggs and oats) were at high levels in my body and that they all can cause inflammation (which psoriasis is).

Within the 1st 2 weeks of my new diet, I noticed that my psoriasis was diminishing and by the 5-month mark, it was virtually gone. Hooray!