Oral Contraceptives for Acne?

Many people do not realize the benefits in using oral contraceptives to control acne in females. We call this "hormonal therapy" and it is FDA-approved for treating acne. There are increased risks for blood clots with these hormones so anyone with a personal or family history of blood clots should consider other forms of treatment for acne. This article describes how oral contracept...
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Tanning and Vitamin D

We often get questions about tanning and vitamin D levels. We have always discouraged tanning as a means for increasing vitamin D because of the increased risk for skin cancer. Furthermore, vitamin D can be easily obtained from dietary supplements. Now this article exposes how one tanning bed user actually developed toxic levels of Vitamin D: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellnes...
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Increased Risk for Melanoma with Viagra Use

In case you have not heard, use of Viagra raises the risk for developing melanoma. In fact the risk for melanoma almost doubles compared with those who do not use Viagra. This should prompt a yearly skin exam by a dermatologist. Those with a personal or family history of melanoma might even consider discontinuing the medication. You can read more about this increased risk here: http://www....
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Avoid the Burn!

As you get ready to take a beach or other outdoor vacation this summer, please remember to protect yourself and your children from sunburns! This article from the Huffington Post reminds us that just 5 sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 increases your risk of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma by 68%. Risk of melanoma increases by 80%! Don't take a chance! A sunburn does ...
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For Men Over Age 50

The American Academy of Dermatology is encouraging all men over the age of 50 to check for suspicious moles. A few minutes, once a month, could save your life. For more information: http://www.pwrnewmedia.com/2014/aad/lawn/index.html
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Sun Protection Time!!!

Great suggestions to avoid sunburn from the American Academy of Dermatology: Seek shade when appropriate. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade. Wear protective clothing. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses wherever possible. Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunsc...
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Time to schedule your skin exam!

Did you know that getting a skin check will boost your chances of surviving melanoma? I know that sounds intuitive but yet so many people do not have regular skin exams. Do not wait -- schedule an appointment to see us today!
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Sun Protection at Schools

In the Huffington Post (5/2, Solomon) opinion piece, Kate Solomon questions why most schools do not educate their young students about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. Given the serious threat of skin cancer, Solomon calls on both schools and parents to keep their children informed. Check out the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-solomon/sun-safety-education-need_b_5...
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Skin Infections in Ichthyosis

Because patients with ichthyosis have an impaired or abnormal skin barrier, they are at higher risk for certain types of infection. In particular certain fungal infections can often hide out from the immune system while infecting areas of thickened scale in the skin. This has been reported most frequently in cases of ichthyosis vulgaris, lamellar ichthyosis, and keratitis, ichthyosis and deafness...
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After Hours Dermatology Clinic!

We are now open until 8 pm on Wednesdays! If you or your family member needs to be seen, Dr. Simon Ritchie is available. Dr. Ritchie is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and went to medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed his dermatology residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident...
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