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With summer just around the corner in Seattle, this is a great time of the year to start thinking about sun protection. Everyone knows that you should go to the tanning parlor and get a good base tan before you go on vacation to someplace sunny, because then you won't get burned on vacation. And everyone knows that it's OK to tan as much as you want, even every day, just as long as you don't get burned. And of course, tanning is by far the most effective way to get Vitamin D. With all of this good news about...

Ever wonder if you should worry about skin cancer since it rains in Seattle all the time? Have you heard that tanning beds are a safe, effective way to get Vitamin D? Procrastinating about having a funny spot checked out because it can always be cut off at any time anyway? Still using Coppertone SPF8? Common skin cancer myths are dispelled, giving you information that can help save you from getting basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma....

Eyelid Dermatitis is a condition that causes red, dry and itchy eyelids. More often than not it is seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff which likes to affect the scalp, but also likes the eyelids, eyebrows, and creases on the face. But another possibility is a developed an allergy to something you are coming into contact with. Most contact allergies come from continuous or repetitive exposure to the same thing for long periods of time. The longer you have been using something, the more likely allergy is to develop. Using chamber patch testing and a proper dermatology...

Dermatologists have a few tools in their medical bag when it comes to solving the mystery of  lesions on the body.  Sometimes there is confusion as to why one type of biopsy is used over another.  (In fact, today's post was inspired by to a curious patient!)   So, what's the deal with biopsies? There are two ways to biopsy lesions to ensure that they are not melanoma- excisional biopsy and incisional biopsy. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), British Association of Dermatologist, and many other professional groups have stated that the...

When the sun comes out in the Seattle area, it does not disappoint.  We often use the reprieve from drizzle to go for a leisurely walk or finally tackle the overgrown yard.  It's warm.  It's pleasant.  Summer has finally arrived.  So what do you do when your bliss is rudely interrupted by pesky bees and mosquitos?  First step - don't panic.  Unless you carry an epi-pen for severe insect allergy reaction, there several things you can do from home that will make you feel better, faster. Pest #1:  Bees I grew up terrified of bees.  Or rather bee stings.  I never actually...

A doctor should always be focused on health, right? Unfortunately, thinking about mine took back burner for a little while as Miller Family Derm got off its feet.  Things in the clinic must be settling in because after a 1 year hiatus, I'm finally able to find time to go the gym.  You can take the doctor out of the clinic but it is is harder to take the clinic out of the doctor.  As I sweat my way to better health - or more specifically when my mind starts to wander while doing reps of whatever - I end...

1. Tanning is ok if I don’t get burned. Myth Blistering sunburns are a well-known melanoma risk factor.  Somehow, this has led to claims that tanning without burning is safe. But just like unicorns, "safe" tanning is a myth.  Cumulative sun exposure, whether a burn develops or not, is also a melanoma risk factor, as well as a risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancers. 2. Tanning is a natural defense that will protect me from further burns. Part Fact, mostly Myth The base than hypothesis. The first part of this is true.  Tanning is a defensive response.  The stimulus for tanning is mutation of your body’s...

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