Dr. Jessica Simon is one of six board certified dermatologists at Windsor Dermatology. She is double board certified in dermatology as well as pediatric dermatology. Dr. Simon is an active member of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the Society of Pediatric Dermatology. In her free time, Dr. Simon enjoys running, singing, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
We sat down with Dr. Simon to ask her some questions regarding her experience as a dermatologist.
What is your favorite thing about working at Windsor Dermatology?
Most importantly, Windsor Dermatology provides a warm and supportive environment to work in and my colleagues and staff members have become like a second family. This practice also emphasizes quality patient care, which has always been my top priority. Finally, every dermatologist here has developed their own niche within the field of dermatology, which compliments the others very nicely.
How has the practice changed since you have started working here?
We have become more pediatric centric having a pediatric dermatologist on board. We also have started to become involved with more pediatric clinical trials.
How do you recommend children stay safe this summer?
I cannot emphasize the importance of sun protection. This not only includes use of sunscreen, but also wide-brim hats, sunglasses, long-sleeve shirts and pants and UV protective clothing, and staying under the shade when possible. Avoid activities outside when the sun is the strongest between the hours of 10am to 2pm. In terms of sunscreen, use a broad spectrum sunblock with spf 30 or greater and reapply every 2 hours.
What are your tips for treating poison ivy?
Those who are exposed should wash thoroughly with soap and water and as rapidly as possible, preferably between 5-10 mins of exposure. If the poison ivy oil is not removed shortly after exposure, it may be transmitted by fingers to other parts of the body. We also recommend to change clothing and to wash contaminated shoes and clothing with soap and water. Treatment of mild poison ivy dermatitis can be achieved with calamine lotion and cool compresses. If severe or persistent, go to a local dermatologist or pediatrician for a topical steroid, and antihistamines by mouth may also be prescribed. In most severe conditions or if involves the entire body, then oral steroids may be prescribed.
What is the latest update in pediatric dermatology?
There are many updates! One that I find particularly interesting is the utility of melatonin in facilitating sleep in children with atopic dermatitis. In recent studies, melatonin has been shown to have sleep-inducing and anti-inflammatory properties. One of parents’ most common complaints is that their child (and as a result their parents) are not getting enough sleep at night. Aside from topical steroids, our first line treatment for this is anti-histamines. Many parents, however, are reluctant to use anti-histamines, and melatonin may be used as a safe alternative.