Dermatology Services Expanding at MRHC & Sun Safety Recommendations

Dermatologist Abby Behrens

Manning Regional Healthcare Center has seen an increase in the need for dermatology services in Manning, so beginning in September, services will be offered twice a month on the first and third Wednesday.

Abby Behrens, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, offers medical and cosmetic dermatology services that address skin disorders, acne and acne scaring, eczema, skin cancer screenings, rashes, signs of aging and wrinkles, and even excess sweating.

“Abby and her team provide a great service to our patients, and demand has increased,” shared MRHC CEO, Linn Block, RN, BSN, MHA. “We try to make every attempt to meet the needs of our patients, so we are excited to provide more availability for dermatology services right here in Manning.”

Dermatology services can help those suffering from uncomfortable skin conditions such as acne, hives, psoriasis, rashes, warts, eczema, or even skin cancer. Seeing a dermatology provider regularly can help ensure healthy skin, resolve skin disorders such as acne or eczema, and even detect skin cancer early.

Sun Safety Recommendations

As most people spend more time outside in the summer, it is important to protect your skin from the sun. Skin cancer is typically caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV rays tend to be the strongest from 10am to 4pm, and even if it is cool or cloudy you can still get burnt, according to the CDC.

In addition to seeing a dermatologist for any skincare concerns, here are a few tips to help protect your skin from the sun:

  • Use sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” or “UVA and UVB blocking” at least 20 minutes before exposurewith an SPF of at least 15 and reapply every two hours or more if in water
  • Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
  • Stay in the shade if possible
  • Wear a hat and other protective clothing
  • If you get burnt, drink water, soothe the burn with a cool bath or wet cloth, use a topical cream or aloe for relief and do not go into the sun until the burn has healed
  • Keep infants out of the sun during the day or use protective clothing if outdoors, do not use sunscreen for babies under 6 months
  • Check your sunscreen’s expiration date, most have a shelf life of three years

Behrens reminds patients that, “While preventive measures should be taken to protect your skin from the sun, you should also perform routine checks of your skin and keep an eye on any irregular moles or freckles.”

To schedule an appointment with Abby at MRHC for your skincare needs, call (712) 220-7069.