According to a recent survey, about 1 in 6 Americans have purchased medicine online without a prescription from illegal online drug sellers. Usually the sites advertise low prices on diet pills, sleep aids or stimulants. Although some certified, legitimate online pharmacies do exist, an alarming number of people are receiving mislabeled or counterfeit prescription medication.
Additionally, several of these illegitimate websites have begun scamming customers by posing as the Drug Enforcement Agency shortly after customers purchase the medication. The businesses will encourage customers to pay a “fine” to avoid arrest for purchasing pills without a prescription. Multiple buyers have been scammed into wiring money to an illegitimate “pharmacy” service.
Taking drugs that haven’t been prescribed to you can lead to overdose, heart failure, allergic reactions, drug abuse, adverse drug interactions, and a host of other negative side effects. Dr. Zimmet encourages his patients to only take drugs that are FDA-approved and prescribed by a qualified and informed physician. For more information, contact Zimmet Skin and Vein today.
As the weather heats up, the blistering sun serves as a reminder to apply sunscreen and to carefully examine your moles for symptoms of skin cancer. But before you do, make sure you know what to look for. The American Academy of Dermatology recently released a study showing that only about half of Americans know how to detect signs of skin cancer or skin abnormalities.
Researchers administered a survey to over 1,100 participants, and only about 600 could correctly describe a correct method of checking for skin cancer. The statistic is particularly alarming because skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with 2 million new diagnoses every year. Additionally, the number of skin cancer victims is rising, especially among young people, due to the increasing popularity of indoor tanning.
The best way to keep your skin healthy is to avoid tanning, wear and re-apply sunscreen when outdoors, and knowing how to examine your skin for abnormal skin cells. During a routine check of the moles on your body, remember your ABCDEs: Asymmetry, Borders that are uneven, Color variance, Diameter larger than ¼ inch, and Evolving or changing moles. For more information on keeping your skin health, you should contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.
Dr. Zimmet was recently on a PBS Special, “Vein Health: Discoveries, New Technologies and Breakthroughs” hosted by Dr. Helane Fronek, a leading specialist in the study of vein disease.
Our very own Dr. Zimmet is one of the distinguished vein care experts on the panel who helps viewers understand venous system basics, what happens when veins deteriorate, discusses vein treatment options and takes questions from the live studio audience.
The show aired on March 13, 2012, but you can watch clips of Dr. Zimmet, and learn more about vein health right here:
Be sure to watch the TODAY Show on Thursday, May 3 during the 10 a.m. hour to see Ultherapy® in action!
Dr. Pat Wexler, a New York City dermatologist, will showcase Ultherapy®, a revolutionary procedure that uses ultrasound waves to gently heat tissue to lift and tighten skin without harming its surface.
TODAY Show host, Kathy Lee Gifford will get a Ultherapy® treatment during a segement that includes a round-up of beauty treatments. It might be on earlier than 10 a.m., so make sure you watch so you don’t miss it.
To learn more about Zimmet Vein and Dermatology’s Ultherapy® treatments, contact us today.