Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  May 2017


May 2017 Newsletter from your Charlotte DermatologistSecrets that prevent bug bites, aging skin

Bug bites: Many can be prevented

Even when dining outdoors or hiking in a densely wooded area, you can prevent bug bites.

This video shows you what you need to know on how to prevent bug bites. Click here to view.



Can your sunscreen prevent skin cancer, aging skin?

Not every sunscreen can.

Find out whether your sunscreen is giving you the protection you need.

Click here to see if you are using the right sunscreen.

Genital herpes: Easier to catch than you think

Anyone who is sexually active can catch this virus. Many people who catch the virus never know they have it because they don’t develop symptoms. They never get painful sores.

Find out what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting Genital Herpes.

Is fake news increasing your risk of skin cancer?

Many skin cancers can be prevented; yet, skin cancer rates are rising. Are you unknowingly increasing your risk?

Doctors will diagnose about 9,500 skin cancers a day in 2017. Many of these could have been prevented.

Take this quiz to find out of misinformation is increasing your risk of getting cancer.

Is that skin cancer on your skin?

More than 9,500 skin cancers are diagnosed every day, according to estimates. Do you think you’d know if you had skin cancer — or a precancerous skin growth?

Drinking may increase women’s risk of getting rosacea

Find out why researchers believe white wine and hard liquor in particular may increase a woman’s risk of getting rosacea.

Read this study about how alcohol consumption increases rosacea risk in women, here.

New Procedures


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Office News


Valerie O’Connell, PA-C - Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte

Valerie O’ Connell, PA-C is a highly trained board certified dermatology physician’s assistant.  Valerie brings a great deal of experience to Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte in pediatric and adult dermatology.

Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. She has over 6 years of experience working with Children’s Dermatology Services in Pittsburgh.  Valerie joined DSC in April of 2017.

Valerie specializes in children and adolescents.  She is also available for same day acute work in appointments as well as other general medical needs for children and adults.

Board Certification

NCCPA ( National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants)

Personal Background
Valerie is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has particular interests with health and wellness along with physical fitness.

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There’s no such thing as a healthy tan. Protect yourself. Protect your friends.

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New research highlights importance of skin cancer prevention, detection

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