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October 2021 Newsletter

Published on October 11, 2021

Welcome to Baucom & Mina Derm Surgery, LLC’s monthly newsletter. We are excited to provide this service to our patients to discuss relevant dermatology, surgery, and cosmetic topics, and keep you posted on what’s new in our office. If you have not already signed up for the e-newsletter, you can do so on our website by clicking the button below.

Fall Foliage

Happy Fall Y’all!

Here are some of our favorite things about fall. Let us know what you love best!

 
  • Firepits
  • Uggs & cute boots
  • Football
  • Pumpkin spice everything
  • Cozy sweaters
  • Cooler days
  • Beautiful colors of the leaves
  • Pumpkins
  • Thanksgiving
  • Apple cider donuts
  • Halloween
  • Cool morning runs
  • Soup
  • Bourbon
  • Baseball playoffs & World Series
  • Pecan pie
  • Fall candles

You have a melanoma, now what?

MelanomaGetting a diagnosis of melanoma can be surprising at best, and terrifying at worst. Fortunately, when diagnosed early, many melanomas can be treated with surgery alone and close clinical follow-up. At Baucom & Mina Derm Surgery, we perform a specialized and precise procedure much like Mohs surgery; in fact, it’s so similar that we call it ‘slow Mohs.’ This staged procedure removes the central biopsy scar as well as a thin rim of normal-appearing skin to check for microscopic melanoma. The tissue is sent to an outside pathology lab that overnights the processing of the sample. We receive a call from the dermatopathologist in the morning detailing if the melanoma is out, or if additional tissue is required. Because we map and ink the tissue precisely, we know exactly where residual tumor is on the patient’s skin. A subsequent stage is then taken until all the melanoma is removed. While this procedure does require multiple visits, we find that the cellular detail and precise review from our board-certified dermatopathologist worth the extra effort.

Patient with a melanoma on the scalp. The area to be removed is marked with a surgical pen and a margin is drawn around the clinical melanoma. The lesion is then marked like a clock for orientation.
There is significant sub-clinical spread of the melanoma, and a subsequent stage is marked for removal.
The final defect once all the melanoma cells have been removed. A standard wide-local excision would have missed the majority of this melanoma given its sub-clinical spread.
Did you see the recent Atlantan magazine featuring our very own, Dr. Mark F. Baucom? The October issue features the ‘modern man’ and Dr. Baucom certainly fits the bill. A skilled surgeon, compassionate physician, loving husband and dad, Dr. Baucom checks all the marks. We’re excited for him to be recognized publicly for the great work and services he provides!

 

Fall marks the start of flu season, and even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important for people to also protect again influenza, the virus responsive for the flu. It’s also safe to get your flu vaccine at the same time as your COVID booster if needed.

 

Check out this post from Harvard Health as they dispel 10 common myths about the flu and flu vaccine

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Dispelling misinformation about
the flu vaccine, sickness, treatment, and recover

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1. MYTH: You can catch the flu from the vaccine.
The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus that can’t transmit infection. So, people who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination were going to get sick anyway. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine. But people assume that because they got sick after getting the vaccine, the flu shot caused their illness.

2. MYTH: Healthy people don’t need to be vaccinated.
While it’s especially important for people who have a chronic illness to get the flu shot, anyone — even healthy folks — can benefit from being vaccinated. Current CDC guidelines recommend yearly vaccination against influenza for everyone older than 6 months of age, including pregnant women.

3. MYTH: Getting the flu vaccination is all you need to do to protect yourself from the flu.
There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself during flu season besides vaccination. Avoid contact with people who have the flu, wash your hands frequently, and consider taking anti-viral medications if you were exposed to the flu before being vaccinated.

4. MYTH: The flu is just a bad cold.
Influenza may cause bad cold symptoms, like sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness, and cough, but according to CDC, the 2019-20 flu season led to at least 18 million medical visits, 24,000 deaths and 410,000 hospitalizations.

5. MYTH: You can’t spread the flu if you’re feeling well.
Actually, 20% to 30% of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.

6. MYTH: You don’t need to get a flu shot every year.
The influenza virus changes (mutates) each year. So, getting vaccinated each year is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak.

7. MYTH: You can catch the flu from going out in cold weather without a coat, with wet hair or by sitting near a drafty window.
The only way to catch the flu is by being exposed to the influenza virus. Flu season coincides with the cold weather. So, people often associate the flu with a cold, drafty environment. But they are not related.

8. MYTH: Feed a cold, starve a fever.
If you have the flu (or a cold) and a fever, you need more fluids. There’s little reason to increase or decrease how much you eat. Though you may have no appetite, “starving” yourself will accomplish little. And poor nutrition will not help you get better.

9. MYTH: Chicken soup will feed your recovery from the flu.
Hot liquids can soothe a sore throat and provide much needed fluids. But chicken soup has no other specific qualities that can help fight the flu.

10. MYTH: If you have a high fever with the flu that lasts more than a day or two, antibiotics may be necessary.
Antibiotics work well against bacteria, but they aren’t effective for a viral infection like the flu. Then again, some people develop a bacterial infection as a complication of the flu, so it may be a good idea to get checked out by your doctor if your symptoms drag on or worsen.

The flu is a good example of how medical myths can get in the way of good medical care. When it’s flu season, take the necessary steps to stay healthy. That includes separating fact from myth.

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