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  • Eczema: An Itchy Nuisance Part 3

    By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP Last month, we discussed basic skin care and some of the over the counter treatments available for the eczema patient. In this blog I will discuss more treatments available as well as topical treatments, which can be helpful getting a more severe condition under control. Wet Wrap Therapy A patient with a ...
    Posted to Dermatology Education & Practice from NADNP (Weblog) on February 29, 2016
  • Visual Dermatology Clinic: Nation's Largest Free Health Clinic Pt. II

    Two weeks ago, dermatologist and PA Amy Gouley participated in her fourth CareHarborLA event. The CareHarbor free clinic is held annually in the fall at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. This four day event is offered to the uninsured, underinsured and at risk populations in need of medical care. Medical consultations and exams, specialty care, ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on October 3, 2014
  • Visual Dermatology Clinic: Nation's Largest Free Health Clinic

    Last week I was fortunate enough to participate in my fourth CareHarborLA event. The CareHarbor free clinic is held annually in the fall at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. This four day event is offered to the uninsured, underinsured and at risk populations in need of medical care. Medical consultations and exams, specialty care, mammograms, ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on September 19, 2014
  • Visual Dermatology Clinic: Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    These photos belong to an 80-year-old female who presented to our clinic for a total body skin screening. She has a history of Basal Cell Carcinoma on her forehead that was treated with MOHS in 2011.All of these photos shown are positive for Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Additionally, this patient has two more SCC's not shown. (Hover your ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 24, 2014
  • An Effective Option for Melasma

    Frequently, women present to our clinic with melasma. Patches of dark pigmentation that often present symmetrically on the cheeks, upper lip and/or forehead characterize melasma. Excessive melanin production is stimulated by excessive sun exposure, heat or hormonal changes. The onset of melasma is often associated with hormonal shifts such as use ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 4, 2014
  • A Sample Dermatology Protocol

      Many nurse practitioners have asked me about dermatology protocols. They are no different from other protocols and should be an outline of your practice agreement with your supervising or collaborating physician. These protocols should remain broad and general, but list important and specific aspects of your practice like prescribing ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • The Don’ts of Cryosurgery

    Cryosurgery is a process where liquid nitrogen is applied to a lesion to induce cell death. It is a procedure done every day in dermatology offices and is now done routinely in primary care offices as well. It is a relatively low-risk procedure, causes minimal scarring and can be used for a multitude of conditions, including actinic ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 9, 2013
  • Treating Acne: The Basics

    As the summer comes to a close and students and parents begin to plan for the next school year, inevitably there is a mad dash to the dermatology office to treat acne. Freshmen want to be clear to start high school, seniors want to be pimple-free for senior pictures. The problem is that they like to wait until 2 weeks before the start of school to ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 12, 2013
  • My Four Favorite Derm Cases

      1. A patient presents with a new spot on the nose for 3 months. No history of skin cancer. I believe it's a BCC and path proves it's a SCC, WOW! 2. Ceruloderma, a drug-induced pigmentation secondary to Lupus medication.   3. ''Show and Tell:'' I love a zip lock bag attached to the chart on the door. This patient was proud of the ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on November 15, 2012
  • Treatment of Ochronosis

    A patient presents with discrete patches of hyperpigmentation on the face, particularly involving the cheeks and upper lip. She denies recent sun exposure or use of oral contraception pills. She was diagnosed a year ago with melasma and given hydroquinone, which she used as directed in the evening for three months. She now ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on October 23, 2012
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