Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  March 2018


March 2018 Newsletter- nailsNoticing nail changes can keep your nails looking their best

Some nail changes only affect how your nails look, but others can be a warning sign of a health issue. If you see any of these changes to your nails, a dermatologist can help.

Learn about the 12 nail changes a dermatologist should examine.



To cut or not cut your cuticles?

When it comes to nail care, you can get a lot of conflicting advice. Taking this quiz will help you nail down some basic facts, including whether you should cut your cuticles.

Take this quiz: Can you keep your nails looking their best?


Whole-body cryotherapy can mean a whole lot of trouble

Dermatologists often use a treatment called cryotherapy to treat skin conditions. Whole-body cryotherapy is completely different, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants you to know it’s not approved to treat anything. It can even be harmful.

Whole body cryotherapy: A cool trend that lacks evidence, poses risks. Learn more here.


How to get that perfect shave

Men, following these 4 steps can help you get a baby-smooth face.

Tips for men: How to get the best shave. Read more here.



Head lice treatment can fail

In many parts of the United States, head lice treatment isn’t working. Find out why this is happening and what you can do to get rid of head lice.

Head lice: What to do when treatment fails


And the video-contest winners are…  

Bravo! These short, playful videos capture skin care essentials that you’ll find in the AAD’s Good Skin Knowledge lesson plans. Watch and learn.

Good Skin Knowledge video contest

To watch, click on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons (bottom of page).

Hike to create a world without skin cancer

If you’re looking to make a difference, the AAD offers a unique opportunity. Hike remote Alaska with yaks. You’ll have an unforgettable adventure while you help raise awareness of skin cancer.

Hiking remote Alaska with yaks- learn more here.

Office News

DSC is now participating in clinical trials!  This allows us to try new treatments and medications before they are available at the pharmacy.

In general, studies are to learn more about a medication’s role in managing a disease process and to look for potential side effects.

You may or may not get the active drug.  We need a placebo group as well as an active group to truly determine how beneficial the drug is. Often the placebo group gets the drug eventually, usually after 12 weeks.  Your doctor and the staff will not know if you got the active drug or placebo.  We are all “blinded” so my assessments of your improvement are not biased.

There will be required visits and testing (blood work, EKG, etc).  These are done at no cost to you.

Most studies pay you for your time.

You cannot deviate from the study’s instruction.  To do so may make your information invalid.

You can stop at any time, with an exit visit or protocol.

We currently have 2 trials.

1)     A new pill for patients with psoriatic arthritis who have failed a biologic treatment.

2)     Skin wart study with a new topical agent.

Call Lauren at 704-247-9179 ext 202 for more information.




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ULTRA Femme 360 causes no pain or discomfort, requires no anesthesia, and has no downtime.

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  • External treatment is based on your specific needs, and usually takes less than 12 minutes external.
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  • Maximum comfort with uniform distribution of energy

Contact our office for additional information on ULTRA FEMME 360 by BTL!


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