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What is Alopecia Areata and How to Treat It

By Laura Monaghan, PA, MMS Do you or a loved one suffer from patches of non-scarring hair loss? This type of hair loss, known as alopecia areata (AA), is considered a chronic autoimmune disorder. It affects about 300,000 people in the US annually. AA severity can range from one singular patch of hair loss to […]

How to Protect Yourself from Ticks

By Laura Monaghan, PA, MMS Summer is in full force, which means increased time outdoors and traveling for vacation. Whether this includes more backyard time with the family, hiking in Appalachia, or relaxing outside the lake house, increased outdoor time also means increased exposure to ticks and the diseases they carry. The most common tickborne […]

Skin and the Relation to Bone Density

Do you look in the mirror and see a furrowed brow? Thinking about how to erase those lines that suggest you are worried or angry even when you’re not? You’re likely very aware that Botox does the trick and safely erases “the elevens” between the eyes. But did you ever wonder if forehead lines are […]

Post-COVID Hair Loss

Post-COVID hair loss? It’s very much real. Did you have an uninvited holiday guest named COVID this year? If so, you’re not alone. Given the extraordinarily high levels of the Coronavirus in the Washington, DC area, nearly everyone had COVID or knew someone who did. As our vaccination and booster rate is very high, most […]

Do Personal Care Products Expire?

The life-changing magic of tidying up  We all have too much stuff – in our closets, desks, basements and attics. Nobody wants to throw something away that might come in handy later. I’m no Marie Kondo (just ask anyone who has seen my desk!), but I can tell you that most of us keep personal […]

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common of all types of cancer. Nearly one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, causes nearly 20 Americans to die every day. As May is National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month, it’s important to debunk some common skin cancer misconceptions. Myth: Having […]

Sunburn, Skin Cancer and Supplements

Sunburn and Skin Cancer Sunburn is inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure of ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. Although sunburn often results in short term pain, redness, and dryness, the long term effects of sunburn can lead to serious consequences including skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is considered to be the most […]

PRP Treatment for Hair Loss

“You’re not imagining it: the pandemic is making your hair fall out,” says the NY Times. And in our practice, we can confirm that observation. After covid-19 infection, many patients experience post-viral hair loss known as telogen effluvium, beginning a few months after infection. Telogen effluvium can occur after the body is stressed by a […]

COVID Vaccination Information for Dermatologic Patients

The Covid vaccines are here! As a part of the medical community, our staff has received their first dose. We report varying degrees of arm soreness and are otherwise extremely grateful to have started on the road to immunity.  Through vigilance, we have made it this far without anyone on the team becoming ill. Our […]

End of Year Message From Dr. Maral Skelsey

One of the most extraordinary achievements in medical history is the rapid development of the coronavirus vaccine.  With truly breathtaking speed, a novel technology has been harnessed to create a life-saving intervention. It will be several months, however, before most of us are vaccinated—and even longer before we can resume life as we knew it. […]