January 2015 Newsletter for Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte

Diaper Rash

If you have a child in diapers, you’ll want to watch this month’s video. Diaper rash is so common that most parents treat it at least once. In this video, you’ll find dermatologists’ tips that can help you treat diaper rash like a pro. You’ll also learn a few simple tips that can help you prevent diaper rash.

Diaper rash: How to treat (1:53)

What Dermatologists Tell their Patients

If your child gets diaper rash frequently, the cause is likely persistent wet, soiled diapers.

Other Common Baby Rashes

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Office News

Our New Physician Assistant

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University. She completed her Physician Assistant studies at Anne Arundel Community College and her Master of Medical Science at Saint Francis University. She completed her clinical and surgical dermatology clerkship in Annapolis, MD.
Lauren specializes in child and adolescent skin needs.  She will focus on acne, warts, eczema, rashes and other pediatric skin disorders.  She is also available for same day acute work in appointments.Board Certification

  • NCCPA ( National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants)

Personal Background
Lauren is from Mooresville, NC. She lives in Charlotte with her husband.

Dermatology in the News

Can sunscreen cause fertility problems in men?
While a recent study suggests that it may take longer for a couple to get pregnant when a man is exposed to an ingredient found in certain sunscreens, the bottom line is this:

More research is needed…

The researchers who conducted this study caution that the study has limitations. One cannot say for sure that certain types of benzophenone (BP) ultraviolet (UV) filters found in some sunscreens and other personal care products really caused the delay.
What is certain is that sun protection helps keep our skin healthy, and sunscreen plays an important role. Certain sunscreens can reduce our risk of sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging. Men should protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
If you are concerned about the BP-type filters, a dermatologist can help you find a sunscreen that does not contain one. You can learn more about the findings from this study at NIH study links ultraviolet filters to pregnancy delays.

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Why do kids with eczema develop a peanut allergy?
Many kids with eczema have food allergies. A peanut allergy is especially common. A recent study may explain what increases the risk of a child with eczema developing a peanut allergy.
To learn more, visit Infants with eczema may be more prone to peanut allergy: Study.

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Dermatologists winterize their own skin care routines
Dermatologists say they use humidifiers, avoid hand sanitizers, substitute facial cleansers for body cleansers and exfoliate more in the winter. Other tips from dermatologists for avoiding dry winter skin include wearing softer fabrics and applying skin ointments and balms. Dermatologic surgeon Noelle Sherber says exercising in warm, humid air helps moisturize her skin, and dermatologic surgeon Jeanine Downie says she uses a humidifier in her home from October to May. Yahoo (12/9)


Study: Tanning beds send 3,200 Americans to emergency departments each year
About 3,200 Americans each year seek emergency care for fainting or serious burns sustained after indoor tanning sessions, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found. Tanning beds can cause first- and second-degree burns and injure the eyes, and some of the injuries suggest that safety timers were improperly used or overridden, said lead researcher Gery Guy Jr. of the CDC. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (12/15)


Study: Airplane Windshields Do Not Completely Block UV-A Rays
US News & World Report (12/18, Leonard) reports that research published “in JAMA Dermatology found that windshields used in airplanes are not strong enough to protect the inside of a plane from UV radiation.” The article points out that “the incidence of melanoma has continued to increase during the last four decades, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, though it is curable when it is detected early.”
HealthDay (12/18, Preidt) reports that the study found that “airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed.”


Study: Physician TV Personality Delivering Medical Advice Lacking Scientific Basis
The Los Angeles Times (12/20, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog asked, “What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on ‘The Dr. Oz Show?’” According to a research published in the British Medical Journal, “less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.”

The Hill (12/19, Ferris) reported that Mehmet Oz, MD, the television “personality who describes himself as ‘America’s doctor’ has been widely delivering medical advice with zero scientific basis.” After investigating 80 claims made on the show in addition to 80 recommendations made on a British medical TV program, researchers found that approximately “half of recommendations from” Dr. Oz “have ‘no evidence’ or are flat-out contradictory to medical research.”

TIME (12/20, Park) reported that the experts who conducted this study “aren’t the first to cast doubt on the quality of advice given on the” show. This past “June, a Senate subcommittee heard testimony from Oz on false advertising of weight loss claims and Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO] queried the doctor about the statements he made on the show.” The Oregonian (12/19, Terry) and the New York Post (12/20, O’Neill) also covered the story.

Skin Cancer Among Patients Of Color Less Frequent, But Often More Damaging
In Dermatology World (12/1, Bowers), contributor Jan Bowers discusses the risk of skin cancer for patients of color, who despite popular belief, “can and do get skin cancer, albeit at lower rates than Caucasian patients, and frequently present with disease at more advanced stages than their white counterparts.” The article cites research on various types of skin cancer and their prevalence among patients of color, and notes dermatologists’ efforts to raise their patients’ awareness of the risks. “The first thing I ask my patients of color is whether they know who Bob Marley was, and remind them that he died of melanoma,” said Dr. Brooke Jackson of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Medicine.


Review Welcomes FDA Tanning Bed Regulations
Reuters (11/28, Nelson) reported that a review published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology affirms the FDA’s decision earlier this year to classify tanning lamps as “moderately harmful” medical devices and to issue a “black box warning label” against use by anyone under 18. Senior author Dr. Henry Lim of the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit predicted that more states might now pass laws regulating tanning beds, and he hoped that pediatricians would use his team’s work to advise parents and patients about the dangers.


Many People May Be Unfamiliar With Common Cancer Symptoms
Fox News (12/2) reports on its website that research published in PLOS ONE suggests that “many people in mid- and late life may be unfamiliar with common cancer symptoms such as unexplained coughing, bleeding, and persistent changes in bowel or bladder habits.” Researchers found that “in a questionnaire that asked about symptoms and their corresponding ailments,” approximately “53 percent of 1,700 people surveyed reported that they had at least one red-flag cancer symptom during the previous three months— but only 2 percent said they thought cancer was a possible cause.”

HealthDay (12/3, Preidt) reports that “in many cases, people attributed potential signs of cancer to reasons such as age, infection, arthritis, cysts and hemorrhoids.”

The Guardian (UK) (12/2) reports, “This lack of knowledge among patients could mean they do not go and see a doctor, and thus do not have their cancer diagnosed until later than it might otherwise have been…warned” the researchers.


Yale Scientist Stresses Obesity’s Role In Cancer
The Hartford (CT) Courant (12/26, Frank) reported that “Yale cancer scientist Melinda Irwin says that the connection between obesity and cancer are so strong…that pharmaceutical companies should be required to include these two lifestyle components in drug trials.” Irwin’s “comments echo those by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which has issued a new position paper calling obesity ‘a major unrecognized risk factor for cancer.’” The Courant added, “‘As many as 84,000 cancer diagnoses each year are attributed to obesity, and overweight and obesity are implicated in 15 percent to 20 percent of total cancer-related mortality,’ the group says in its position paper published in the online version of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.”


Parents Can Take Steps To Prevent Diaper Rash From Worsening
HealthDay (1/1, Preidt) reported that while “diaper rash is a common problem for babies…parents can take steps that help keep skin from getting red and inflamed.” In an American Academy of Dermatology news release, Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield, chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at the University of California, San Diego, said, “The best way to prevent and treat diaper rash is to keep your baby’s skin as dry and clean as possible.” Dr. Eichenfield said, “With the right care, diaper rash should clear in about three to four days.”

 

 

 

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