Time to check your skin-its Spring!

21 Sep, 2019

September is here and Spring has sprung!  Longer daylight hours, bright blossoms and colourful flowers with the promise of warmer weather and sunshine.

New Zealand Dermatologists recommend this is a good time to check over your skin.

Normal moles are symmetrical in shape and colour, have a smooth outline and do not change in size in adults.  Most people have moles that look similar over their body. 

If a mole changes get it checked.

The ABCDE rule is useful to remember if your mole is changing.

  • Asymmetrical (draw a line through it and the two halves look different).
  • Irregular Border (uneven edges of the mole).
  • Varied Colours (these can include shades of black and brown, red, pink, pale and some have no colour).
  • Diameter bigger than 6 mm (bigger than the end of a big pencil).
  • Evolving (changing colour, shape, itchy or getting crusty).

These can be signs of a melanoma skin cancer so arrange to have it checked urgently. The earlier a melanoma is treated the better the outcome. Melanoma is curable if caught early.

NZDSI Wellington meeting 2019

27 Aug, 2019

What a week!

The NZDSI scientific meeting in Wellington ended on Saturday morning. Too many highlights to fit in to one blog! There was a lot of discussion about medical and surgical dermatology which was really interesting. We managed to keep warm despite the cold and it was really great to catch up with colleagues from around the country.

Some of the great talks were on surgical dermatology and particularly about the use of Mohs surgery for very early melanomas. If you are not sure what Mohs surgery is, take a look at the web site for more information. Melanoma in situ is an early melanoma just within the upper layer of the skin called the epidermis. These early melanomas are fully curable when they have been removed. Mohs is an excellent way to remove it all, especially on difficult areas like the face. Expertise and skill is needed to know where the edge of the melanoma stops and the normal skin starts. 

There is a new treatment for atopic eczema in adults called dupilumab. Atopic eczema is a distressing and itchy condition. A lot of New Zealand children have it and it often gets better with age, yet some carry it through to adulthood. This new treatment is a medicine that blocks a key molecule causing inflammation of the skin. Unfortunately, we do not have it in New Zealand yet but hopefully it will come soon. Our distinguished overseas visitors discussed the use of this medicine in the United Kingdom, it works well and has made such a difference to those suffering with this disease.

So despite the cold weather, this was an excellent conference. Well worth battling wild windy Welly! 


A new web site for the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated (NZDSI)

19 Aug, 2019

Welcome to the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated (NZDSI) news blog. NZDSI is the national organisation representing New Zealand dermatologists (Skin Specialists).

We hope you find it interesting and informative. On this website you can find a list of all NZDSI dermatologists in New Zealand, information on dermatology, updates from the society and more! Follow us on Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world of the NZDSI!

This blog will be the leading source of information for dermatology in New Zealand. We will bring you accurate, interesting, local and international dermatology news.

Did you know that in New Zealand it takes at least 13 long and rigorous years to train as a dermatologist from the time of entering medical school? Make sure your skin specialist is a dermatologist! Only NZDSI dermatologists are allowed to use the NZDSI logo so you can check if your skin specialist is a dermatologist by looking right here at the NZDSI site or the Medical Council of New Zealand site.

This week the NZDSI meets for its annual scientific meeting at Te Papa, Wellington. The meeting will explore the new scientific advances in dermatology. Distinguished international speakers will talk about the latest advances in psoriasis and skin cancer surgery. Expert New Zealand dermatologists will talk about specific areas of interest in dermatology.