Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  September 2015

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We have extended hours to 5 pm  Monday-Thursday. This allows students and teachers to schedule follow up appointments with our physician assistants.

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Could You Have Female Pattern Hair Loss?

August is Hair Loss Awareness Month

Is your part widening? Have you noticed that your ponytail is thinner? These are signs of female pattern hair loss (FPHL), a condition that affects millions of women.

The good news is that treatment can help you regrow hair loss caused by FPHL. You’ll find out how dermatologists treat this condition and what you should know about at-home treatments like lasers and hair loss shampoos at:

Thinning hair and hair loss: Could it be female pattern hair loss?

Each August, the Academy raises awareness of key facts about hair loss because too many people suffer in silence with hair loss. They never see a dermatologist to find out why they are losing their hair. Rather than talking with a dermatologist about treatment, they continue to live with worsening hair loss.

If hair loss bothers you, here are key facts you should know:

  • Millions of people experience hair loss.
  • Treatment can help many people regrow their hair.
  • The key to effective treatment is to get an accurate diagnosis, i.e., find out what is causing the hair loss.
  • Dermatologists have expertise in finding the cause of hair loss.

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Dr. Google:   Online symptom checkers often wrong

The next time you look up your symptoms on the internet, or rely on an online symptom checker to diagnose your illness, you may want to confirm the result with your doctor. In testing 23 online symptom checkers, researchers found the first possible diagnosis was the right diagnosis about 33% of the time.dr. google

These devices also failed to tell some people when emergency care was recommended.

If you ever find yourself using a symptom checker to figure out what could be causing a problem with your skin, hair, or nails, be sure to follow up with your dermatologist. An accurate diagnosis can help you get effective treatment and prevent complications.

Read more about this study
Online symptom checkers can’t replace the real-life doc just yet

Is indoor tanning addictive?spot skin cancer

A survey of 1,850 high school students in New Jersey suggests that some people may indeed become addicted to indoor tanning. About one-third of the students who tanned frequently said it would be hard for them to stop indoor tanning.

This survey was conducted before New Jersey banned indoor tanning for anyone under 17.

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