If you enjoy spending summer evenings outdoors, then you’ve probably experienced a mosquito bite. Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that appear after a female mosquito has punctured your skin to feed on your blood. As a mosquito begins to use its mouthparts to eat, it injects its saliva into your skin. The proteins in mosquito saliva cause an immune system reaction that then results in a bump or welt and mild to moderate itching.
Most mosquito bites are harmless, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Bumps could either appear minutes after the initial bite or they could take a day or two to manifest. They can be puffy and white or hard and reddish-brown. In some individuals, swelling, bruising or blistering can occur alongside mosquito bites, though this is rare.
The vast majority of mosquito bites are more of a nuisance than a medical concern and you won’t need to see a physician. However, mosquitos can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever, particularly in tropical parts of the world. If you seem to be experiencing flu-like symptoms associated with a mosquito bite, consult your physician immediately.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares tips to prevent mosquito bites.
Researchers continue to study why mosquitos seem to be attracted to certain people over others. Diet, blood type and naturally occurring chemicals and bacteria in the body could all play a key role. Though bites are sometimes difficult to avoid, you can still take precautionary measures to keep from being a mosquito magnet on your next hike.
An insect repellant is a great deterrent for hungry mosquitos. Spray all exposed areas of skin with a DEET-based product for the best protection.
Mosquitos often use vision to spot their next meal. Wearing blues, reds or blacks could make you more visible against the horizon. Choose light colors and wear pants, long sleeves, socks and a wide-brimmed hat for extra protection.
Use FixMySkin Healing Balms, developed by Dr. Joel Schlessinger, to treat mosquito bites.
For fast relief from the itching and redness associated with mosquito bites, choose FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone. This product penetrates deeply into the skin to moisturize and heal damaged cells with 1% hydrocortisone. The handy balm stick applies easier than creams and won’t melt in your pocket, purse or backpack.
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SmartLipo is a less-invasive procedure that uses laser technology to remove small areas of unwanted fat from the body. Since it was first introduced in 2006, it has quickly gained favor with patients and physicians alike for its safety level and excellent results. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger addresses your questions and concerns regarding SmartLipo.
The recovery time for SmartLipo is much faster than traditional liposuction, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
During the SmartLipo procedure, a thin laser is inserted into a small incision. The laser is able to target and liquefy fat cells so that they may then be removed using a small, sippy-straw-sized cannula. Because the cannula is so small, it can pass through the skin easily without difficulty. Thus, the recovery time for SmartLipo is significantly decreased. Patients can typically return to work one to two days after receiving a SmartLipo treatment. In fact, we have seen patients who worked the day after the procedure and even had one doctor who flew home (yes, he flew the plane) the day after the procedure!
Dr. Schlessinger safely and effectively treats areas on the back, flanks, thighs, hips, knees, chin and neck at his Omaha clinic using SmartLipo technology.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger cautions that SmartLipo is not a viable form of weight loss.
The SmartLipo procedure is not designed to remove very large areas of fat, nor is it a good way to handle weight loss. Dr. Schlessinger cautions that if you’re hoping to use SmartLipo to lose weight, you won’t. Liposuction and SmartLipo are about size, not weight. While you can elect to have SmartLipo anytime, Dr. Schlessinger recommends waiting until you’ve finished having children before seriously considering the procedure.
The best candidates for SmartLipo are those patients who lead an active lifestyle and are within 25 pounds of their goal weight, but who still struggle with stubborn, localized pockets of fat. SmartLipo is also perfect for those who would like to touch up or improve previous traditional liposuction results as SmartLipo has the finesse to improve these areas greatly.
Choose Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his team at Skin Specialists P.C. of Omaha for your SmartLipo procedure.
The key to a successful SmartLipo treatment and a quick recovery time is choosing a skilled physician with the knowledge and experience necessary to offer the best care. Dr. Schlessinger has remained on the forefront of SmartLipo technology and clinical research. His patient satisfaction has earned him Best Dermatologist and Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Omaha for several years running. At Skin Specialists P.C. of Omaha, you’ll always receive the best care and the latest technology available for all cosmetic procedures.
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Fungal nail infections account for a large percentage of all nail conditions treated in dermatology clinics across the U.S. Dermatophytes, the most common type of fungus responsible for infecting toenails, is the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot on the skin of the feet. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked questions about toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.
Anyone can develop a toenail fungus, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Toenail fungus occurs when there is an overgrowth of fungi around or under the nail. This causes one or more nails to become brittle, misshapen and discolored. Fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist places. Shoes, particularly ill-fitting ones, often make a perfect environment for fungi to grow. You can also get a fungal infection from coming into direct contact or sharing personal items with someone with toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Getting a pedicure from a salon that did not take proper sanitary measures between customers and walking barefoot at public pools and showers can put one at risk for fungal infections as well.
Though the elderly are more at risk to develop toenail fungus than other groups, anyone can develop an infection at any time. Other groups who are at risk include diabetics, those who struggle with chronic athlete’s foot, those with psoriasis and those with compromised immune systems.
Choose Zeasorb products, personally recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger, to treat athlete’s foot and stop toenail fungus.
Preventing toenail fungus could be as easy as treating athlete’s foot before it spreads. LovelySkin.com offers a selection of products to treat athlete’s foot that come personally selected and recommended by Dr. Schlessinger.
If you lead an active lifestyle, you’ll need Zeasorb Prevention Powder. This powder absorbs three times as much moisture as regular talcum powder to stop bacterial and fungal growth in its tracks. If you’ve already found yourself battling a case of athlete’s foot, try Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment Powder for Athlete’s Foot to help cure it in as little as four weeks with 2% miconazole nitrate.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses ways to prevent toenail fungus.
With proper hygiene and a few precautionary measures, it’s easy to prevent athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash them thoroughly every day and be sure they’re dry before putting on socks and shoes. Avoid cotton socks and shoes that are too tight or that don’t provide proper ventilation. Don’t share personal footwear or nail tools (including polishes), with others and always wear sandals or water shoes in public pools or showers.
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Acne is painful. It can leave adolescents feeling embarrassed and isolated from their peers, and certain types can even leave behind permanent scarring. Though you may have already noticed changes in your teen or preteen’s skin, you might be wondering when to take them to a dermatologist. The answer is simple: the sooner, the better. While you’re busy helping your children prepare for their new experiences this fall, consider putting a dermatology appointment on your back-to-school to-do list.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger often sees patients who suffer from more than one type of acne.
The vast majority of teens and preteens will experience acne at some point. Breakouts occur when a substance called sebum clogs pores, causing a red, inflamed pimple to appear. Acne can also appear in the form of whiteheads and blackheads. Whiteheads are pores that have become impacted with oil and then covered by layers of skin, while blackheads are impacted pores whose material pushes out through the follicle.
More serious forms of acne include papules, pustules or nodules, which appear as red, swollen lesions, and cysts, which are deep, pus-filled pimples. Breakouts generally occur on the face, neck, back and chest and it’s common to experience multiple types of acne at once.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking your child to a dermatologist as soon as you notice mild to moderate acne.
At his clinic, Dr. Schlessinger often encounters parents who elect to bring their children to the dermatologist after acne has already caused severe scarring. Once scarring has occurred, there is little that can be done to improve it. Luckily, this heartbreaking situation can be avoided by addressing breakouts early.
Dr. Schlessinger strongly recommends taking your child to a dermatologist as soon as you notice acne. However, when it comes to keeping acne under control, preventative care is key. If you’ve noticed the first signs of puberty in your child, oily, acne-prone skin is probably not far behind. Getting them started on a skin care routine early can keep acne under control and help them form good habits for life. This is especially important if you have a family history of acne.
Pinpoint the cause of acne and discover cost-conscious treatments with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists P.C. of Omaha.
There is a misconception that dermatological care and acne treatments are expensive. Dr. Joel Schlessinger assures that this is usually not the case. At his Omaha clinic, he can pinpoint the cause of acne and recommend a variety of treatment options, including many that are less expensive and more effective than popular infomercial alternatives.
Dr. Schlessinger likes to recommend the Obagi CLENZIderm MC Acne Therapeutic System to many of his patients. The products in this set use 2% salicylic acid to fight acne without over-drying or irritating the complexion. In as little as four weeks, patients saw improvement in their skin.
Patients also see success with the LovelySkin Acne Care Starter Set for Oily Skin. This complete regimen contains LovelySkin Cleanser Gel, Toner Mist, Acne Care Gel and Sheer Oil-Free Moisturizer to not only address current blemishes, but to prevent future breakouts. The products use gentle exfoliators to help balance your child’s skin, remove excess oil and protect it from irritation.
Remember that stress only exacerbates acne. Keep your child healthy and happy by scheduling a dermatology appointment before the new school year is in full-swing.
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Warts are a common skin growth caused by a viral infection, usually the human papillomavirus. Passed from person to person through contact, they’re rarely painful or harmful, however, many patients opt to remove warts since they are contagious and often unsightly. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Schlessinger discusses different types of warts, as well as removal and treatment options.
Warts are not just a childhood phenomenon, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Warts usually appear as small, round, pink or flesh-colored growths. They are characterized by small, grainy bumps and may feature a pattern of black dots. These dots look like seeds, but they are actually small, clotted blood vessels.
Though they may be slightly more common in children, people young and old can develop warts from either direct or indirect contact with infected individuals. Contact could include sharing shoes, towels and clothing with others. In may take months or even years for a wart to develop after first contact with the virus.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger talks about the types of warts he treats most frequently at Skin Specialists P.C.
Common warts usually appear on the hands, and they can sometimes be spread to other parts of the body through continuous contact. Children, for example, often transfer warts from the hands to the face through repeated touch and nail-biting. Plantar warts occur on the bottoms of the feet (which is also known as the plantar surface), and are very similar in appearance to common warts.
Flat warts appear in clusters as small white or flesh-colored growths with flat tops in areas that are shaved frequently, like the face and legs. Shaving can cause flat warts to spread rapidly. Molluscum contagiosum is another highly contagious wart that is distinguished by a dimple in the center. It thrives in warm moist climates and can be easily spread to other parts of the body and to other individuals through contact.
Genital warts are one of the most common types of sexually-transmitted infections. Women are slightly more susceptible than men to contract genital warts, and a vaccine has been developed to promote prevention.
Dr. Schlessinger offers many methods when it comes to wart removal.
There are countless treatments available for wart removal on the market today, but none can boast a 100% success rate. Warts can be stubborn and there is always a chance they will redevelop after treatment. Dr. Schlessinger strongly recommends consulting your physician before attempting to treat a suspected wart with home remedies or over-the-counter treatments. These treatments often don’t work and could even make the wart larger than before.
The treatments that Dr. Schlessinger offers at his Omaha clinic have a proven 50-75% success rate. He prefers to uses an immune reactant to treat warts. This involves applying a diluted poison to the wart over time. The immune reactant creates an immune response that wards off the wart-causing virus, and after a short series of sessions, it usually disappears altogether. Other treatment options include oral supplements, laser removal, cryotherapy, chemical peels, burning and cutting, all of which are option that Dr. Schlessinger uses for his treatments to find the best approach.
For post-wart-removal scarring concerns, choose products personally selected by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Scarring is a concern for many patients after undergoing a wart removal procedure and something that Dr. Schlessinger tries to avoid with his treatments. Sometimes this is the result of a previous treatment at another provider, but we do offer options to treat this at our clinic and at LovelySkin.com. At LovelySkin.com, you’ll find a wide range of products for treating scars that come personally recommended by Dr. Schlessinger. Visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Scars to learn more about over-the-counter topical care for your post-removal routine.
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When it comes to proper skin care, many people know sunscreen is an essential. However, with myths and other false information floating around, there are still consumers who may not understand the full story on the ways of sun protection. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Joel Schlessinger always wants people to know the truth.
Myths about tanning, skin cancer and UV damage can lead to harmful sun exposure, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.
When looking for a sunscreen, many consumers only look at the SPF, which is not the best way to determine if your sunscreen is adequate. SPF only explains how well a product protects against UVB rays, not UVA. Both types of UV exposure cause skin cancer so you need a product that is designated as broad spectrum such as EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen.
Two common misconceptions include the belief that having a darker skin tone or getting a “base tan” will protect you from sun damage. This is untrue as a base tan is only good for about an SPF of 4! People with dark skin tones are still at risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves with sunscreen. Additionally, tanning isn’t safer than burning as any change in skin tone indicates UV damage.
Many individuals also believe the sun’s rays can’t penetrate through clouds, windows, umbrellas and other objects. Sunscreen is still essential when the sky is overcast, while you’re under a beach umbrella or spending your day at the office. Sun damage can reach through clouds and windows. Additionally, the sun’s rays can reflect off of sand or snow.
It’s important to know the truth behind sunscreen myths, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
There have been several debates about the safety of chemical ingredients in sunscreen, leading people to believe these products can cause allergic reactions or harm the skin. With physical, mineral and chemical formulas to choose from, however, it’s easy for everyone to find a sunscreen that works for their skin type.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other dermatologists recommend applying a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and reapplying every two hours. However, sunscreen is only half of the equation. For optimal sun protection, avoid excessive sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is most intense. It’s also important to protect your skin with proper clothing such as loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and pants, as well as wide-brimmed hats. Heliocare Sun Protection Pills are daily supplements that can provide added UV protection. Read more sun safety tips from Dr. Joel Schlessinger here.
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The type of makeup you choose can have a powerful impact on your complexion. Using the best makeup for your skin type and tone can enhance your natural beauty, improve your skin’s health and even make you appear younger. The wrong kind of makeup can clog pores, cause irritation and undo the results of your skin care regimen.
Though there are countless categories and subcategories for makeup, it is generally divided into just two: mineral and non-mineral.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains titanium dioxide and other mineral ingredients.
True mineral makeup contains natural minerals mined from the earth and little else. Common mineral ingredients include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxide and ultramarine. These minerals can contain antioxidants with anti-aging benefits that help protect the skin against free radical damage.
Titanium dioxide, for example, is a natural sun-deflector, and is often among the active ingredients in physical sunscreens. If you choose a mineral makeup that contains titanium dioxide, you automatically receive a little sun protection, though it’s always best to use additional sunscreen with your mineral makeup regardless of the SPF it boasts.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger encourages patients with sensitive or acne-prone skin to choose mineral makeup.
Mineral makeup is designed to remain on the skin’s surface, creating a natural barrier against environmental stressors. Some argue that this “second skin” effect makes for a beautiful, more natural finish. Because it stays on top of the skin, mineral makeup won’t clog pores, making it a great option for those who are prone to acne. It can come in liquid form, but pressed or loose powders are more common. The powders often provide a matte finish, another attractive aspect for oily skin types.
At LovelySkin, we recommend jane iredale Amazing Base Loose Minerals SPF 20. This loose mineral powder offers a short, skin-health-promoting ingredient list with SPF and anti-aging benefits. It’s a customer favorite for its lightweight coverage and natural finish.
Non-mineral makeup is generally not recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other dermatologists.
Non-mineral makeups may contain a long list of ingredients with harsh chemicals, dyes, fragrance and preservatives. These ingredients are known irritants for many. It usually contains no anti-aging benefits, though some non-mineral foundations offer SPF. Many non-mineral formulas are liquid, and far more likely to soak into the skin, clogging pores and exacerbating acne. They also often contain oil, which can cause a disruption in the skin’s natural balance. Dr. Schlessinger and other dermatologists recommend that patients, especially those with sensitive or acne prone skin, steer clear of non-mineral makeups to avoid irritation and breakouts.
Still, there are liquid foundations on the market that do promote skin health without featuring exclusively mineral ingredients. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation uses advanced technology to provide continuous oxygen to the skin cells, allowing them to breathe, heal and stimulate collagen growth.
There is no product that’s right for everyone, Dr. Joel Schlessinger cautions.
It’s important to note that even though mineral makeup is the preferred choice among dermatologists, there is no makeup formula that is right for everyone. Some patients have found that they have allergic reactions or breakouts in response to minerals just as others have reactions to the chemical ingredients found in non-mineral makeup.
Also, just because a product purports to be mineral-based, doesn’t mean that it is also free of fragrance, chemicals, preservatives or other ingredients you may find unsavory. Always check labels and ingredient lists to be sure you’re using the best products for your needs and skin type.
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Perlane is an injectable filler made from FDA-approved hyaluronic acid. It is injected beneath the skin’s surface to treat wrinkles and folds and to add youthful volume. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses Perlane and similar fillers like Restylane, Belotero, JUVEDERM XC and JUVEDERM VOLUMA.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains hyaluronic acid and its importance for skin health.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. It is found in the joints, eyes and other areas, but the skin cells account for fifty percent of the body’s supply. In the skin, it allows the complexion’s collagen to remain hydrated and nourished. With a sufficient supply of hyaluronic acid, skin stays firm and moisturized.
As we age, we gradually lose the amount of hyaluronic acid our skin needs to maintain its structure and elasticity. Our complexion grows dry and deflated, and fine lines and wrinkles become more visible. By introducing a hyaluronic acid filler like Perlane under the skin, you can replenish some of the hyaluronic acid you need to regain elasticity and fill in folds and creases.
Results will vary depending on the individual, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Perlane and other fillers can be used to treat most areas of the face. Perlane in particular nicely fills in lines on the upper and lower lip. It performs well on even deep creases and it can be used in place of collagen implants to volumize the lips.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his staff at Skin Specialists of Omaha will help you decide on a course of treatment based on your personal goals. The course of treatment may involve just one filler injection, a series of injections or combining fillers with other procedures such as Botox. It’s important to remember that filler results will not appear overnight.
Call Dr. Joel Schlessinger at Skin Specialist’s of Omaha about your Perlane procedure.
Always choose a physician who puts your personal needs and safety first. Dr. Schlessinger is an expert when it comes to fillers such as Perlane, and he performs all of his own injections. His proven track record for success and patient satisfaction rate have consistently earned him Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Fireworks are a highlight of summer. Without proper safety precautions, however, fireworks can cause some serious damage. Last year, 62 percent of all firework-related injuries were burns, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. To avoid injury, follow these safety tips:
- Wear protective eyewear and never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Never allow children to play with fireworks without adult supervision.
- Avoid standing directly over fireworks when lighting the fuse and back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the device.
- Do not pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully and only light one item at a time.
- Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or injury.
- Do not ignite fireworks while holding them in your hand.
- Douse used fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding them.
Following these tips will help prevent burns and other injuries.
Keep a first aid kit on hand in case of burns, says Joel Schlessinger MD.
A minor burn is red, painful and sometimes can result in a blister. To treat a minor burn, hold the affected area under cold, running water for at least 10 minutes. Once it is cool, cover the burn with a sterile bandage.
If you suffer from a large or severe burn, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Severe burns are deep and don’t hurt as much as minor burns due to damaged nerves. Immediately treat severe burns by holding the affected area under cold, running water for at least 10 minutes, then seek medical attention.
Joel Schlessinger MD recommends skin care products to help the healing process.
After seeking medical treatment, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using advanced skin care products to aid in the healing process.
FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone is designed to soothe, moisturize and heal compromised skin. The hydrocortisone in this balm will treat inflammation while shea butter and cocoa butter provide much-needed hydration. To prevent scarring, apply an ointment that will keep the area hydrated. Elta Hydrovase Wound Dressing Gel is ideal for keeping wounds moist to speed up the healing process. Its hydrating formula also prevents tissue buildup that can cause scarring, itching and irritation. For those with sensitive skin, Vaniply Ointment prevents water loss with a gentle formula that is free of harsh ingredients. If scarring occurs, apply a treatment gel like SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ to soften and smooth these marks.
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CO2 Laser resurfacing treatments have been available for decades now, but recent advancements have vastly improved patient experience, and most importantly, patient results. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses one such advanced laser treatment, Fraxel, a semi-ablative procedure based on the skin’s own healing response.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Fraxel for any patient who would like to have smoother, tighter skin.
held scanner. Fraxel light energy stimulates collagen and resurfaces the top layer of skin so its natural rejuvenation process can repair and restore the complexion. This practice is actually very similar to aerating a lawn! A variety of different skin concerns can be addressed with Fraxel. Among these issues are fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone, large pores and acne scarring. Almost any area of the body can be treated, but patients most often choose to treat the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and legs. The procedure can be used to delay more invasive surgery like a facelift.
Anyone who would like to achieve smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin without invasive surgery or an extended period of downtime is a great candidate for Fraxel.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the differences between regular CO2 laser treatments and the Fraxel procedure.
The first CO2 treatments required anesthesia and the laser removed the entire top layer of skin. This resulted in a larger wound to heal and a much longer recovery time for patients. Risks for scarring, infection and changes in skin pigment were also increased.
With the Fraxel treatment, only topical anesthetic is required and patients receive microscopic wounds in their skin via high precision laser energy. The procedure itself is not painful. Rather than the weeks it takes to heal the whole top layer of skin, the recovery time for microscopic Fraxel wounds typically lasts just 5-7 days on average. Side effects are manageable and include moderate redness and swelling. Much better results are achieved over time and long-term risks are minimal.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his staff would be happy to consult with you about your Fraxel treatment.
To ensure you’re receiving the best care during your Fraxel experience, choose a qualified expert. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon voted one of America’s Top Docs and one of the Best Doctors in America. He and his staff at Skin Specialists P.C. in Omaha would be happy to meet with you about your Fraxel procedure and help you decide on the best course of treatment for you and your needs.
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