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Q&A with Dr. Simon

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.

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Psoriasis Tips for Summer

Psoriasis impacts about 7.5 million Americans. Did you know that no cases of psoriasis are exactly alike? Triggers for flare ups can vary greatly from patient to patient. Some patients will find that the increased sunlight and humidity levels will help keep their flare ups at bay. While others, might be hypersensitive to ultraviolet radiation.

As a dermatology practice that specializes in treating psoriasis, we wanted to provide as many tips as possible to assuage a surprise inflammation.

Protect your skin in the sun. Is your psoriasis sensitive to sun? If so, phototherapy is a treatment that is used in more severe cases. It is crucial that you constantly apply sunscreen when outside. A small sunburn can lead to a psoriasis flare up.

Sweat can be a trigger. Excessively sweating during the summer can be a trigger on your scalp and face. However, cold air from air conditioners can also impact your psoriasis. One way to solve this problem is by purchasing a humidifier.

Avoid spending too much time in the pool. As we mentioned above, each patients’ psoriasis is vastly different. Some may find that swimming in the pool irritates their skin, while others see that the water helps soften the skin that is impacted by build-ups of plaque. Either way, you should avoid spending too much time in the pool.

Watch out for bug bites. It is very important that you protect your skin and watch out for bug bites in the summer. A flare up can occur in response to a bug bite on the skin. You should purchase an insect repellent with low levels of DEET.

Enjoy the weather and relax. It is finally warm outside! Take some time to relax and destress. Psoriasis flare ups can occur due to anxiety and stress. So, go on a relaxing vacation or sit outside in your garden.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Windsor Dermatology Shares How to Reduce Hyperhidrosis

Sweating is a normal bodily function, however, about 8 million Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis. If you are one of the 8 million, you might be wondering how you can reduce hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating. Windsor Dermatology would like to provide you with some tips to help.

Put deodorant on in the afternoon. Did you know that sweat production is at its lowest at night? Applying deodorant in the late afternoon will give your body an increased chance to absorb the active ingredients and block sweat in the morning. As long as the antiperspirant has absorbed into your skin, you won’t have to worry about it washing away in the shower.

Use deodorant in other areas, besides your armpits. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you know that sweating in your armpits is only one of the locations where you excessively perspire. Consider spraying deodorant on your hands, feet, and chest to reduce the sweating.

Purchase extra strength deodorant. Consider purchasing extra strength deodorant to limit your sweating. Many brands offer clinical strength formulas, without a prescription, that work effectively to keep sweat at bay.

Stay away from spicy food and caffeine. Although you may enjoy spicy foods and a strong coffee, it is best to stay away from them. If you are trying to reduce sweating, those foods will stimulate your sweat glands, leading to an increased amount of sweat.

See a board-certified dermatologist. If nothing is working to minimize sweating, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist at Windsor Dermatology. The doctors can talk to you about prescription medication to help reduce sweating.

Think about long-lasting treatments. If you have tried your best to minimize sweating by staying away from spicy food and caffeine and wearing an extra strength deodorant, but have not noticed a change in your sweating, it might be time to think about longer-lasting treatments. This can include receiving Botox injections.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Summer Wart Prevention Tips

The summer brings warm days, walking around barefoot, community pool visits, and sometimes warts. We have experience treating warts and want to provide you with tips on how to prevent warts this summer.

Before providing tips on how to prevent warts, you need to understand what causes them and how to remove them.

What is the cause of warts on my feet?

Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV. The warts are tender and can sometimes make it hard to walk. The virus enters the skin through small cuts or breaks. HPV is prevalent in warm conditions, which is why swimming pools in the summer are common spots for exposure.

What are the treatment options for warts?

There are a variety of treatment options available for wart removal. At Windsor Dermatology, we can apply topical treatments, cryotherapy (freezing the wart), surgical removal, and laser treatments.

How can I prevent warts?

There are a few things that you can do to prevent warts. This includes:

  • Don’t walk barefoot. It seems simple, but one way you can avoid warts is to keep flip flops on when walking outside, especially on damp surfaces.
  • Wash your hands and feet frequently. After touching anything in public places, wash your hands and feet. We recommend to take extra care in washing these areas after visiting a public pool or gym.
  • Check your feet daily. During the summer months, you should check your feet regularly for any changes in your skin.
  • Go to the doctor. If you notice a lesion that has not been there before, you should immediately make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. Treating warts is easier when in the earlier stages.
  • Use a separate nail clipper. If you have a wart, or are being treated for warts, you should use a separate nail clipper for the area surrounding the wart.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Clinical Trial Tips

Windsor Dermatology is proud to participate in high-quality clinical trials for over 25 years. We are committed to these clinical trials to advance medical dermatology research and treatment. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, we thought it would be best to share the following tips with you:

Understand everything about your diagnosis. Prior to participating in a clinical trial, it is crucial that you understand as much as you can about your diagnosis. The reason being, it will help you determine what treatment is available and applicable to you. Clinical trials could be helpful to you if standard treatments did not work. You should understand the objectives of those trials to see if it will be a good fit.

Ask plenty of questions. You should never be afraid to ask any and all questions that come to mind when deciding if you will participate in a clinical trial. This will be beneficial to you in the long run as you will understand every aspect of the trial.

Be proactive. Once your questions have been answered be sure to be proactive about enrolling. Clinical trials have limited positions and you won’t want to miss your opportunity.

Jot down how you are feeling. The clinical trial staff will want to know every detail of how you have been feeling throughout the trial. It is easier to remember if you write them down.

Monitor your condition. Patients should keep an eye on their condition and pay attention to see if they get better or worse.

Plan fun activities during your treatment. To take your mind off of the treatment, plan some fun activities with loved ones.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Prom Skin Care Tips

It is officially prom season! It is crucial that you begin or continue with your skincare regimen to prepare your face for the photos and fun night ahead. As a dermatology practice with six board-certified dermatologists, we wanted to share skin care tips for prom to help your skin glow.

  • Eat healthy. Have you ever heard the saying, you are what you eat? Well, it is true. If you are filling your body with harmful sugars and processed foods, you will be more prone to breakouts. Instead, eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Some of our favorite foods to eat for clear skin are almonds, sweet potatoes, avocado, broccoli, dark berries, and tomatoes.
  • Visit a board-certified dermatologist for a consultation. Schedule a visit with your local board-certified dermatologist for a consultation. The doctor will be able to work with you to pinpoint the problem areas of your skin and offer a treatment plan.
  • Schedule a facial with an aesthetician. A few months before prom, schedule a facial with an aesthetician. Our aesthetician, Lena, can customize a facial to treat your skin. These treatments can include deep cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, peels, and microdermabrasion.
  • Keep your skin clear the morning of prom. Let your skin breathe during the morning of prom. If you are heading to school, don’t put any make up on. Once you start getting ready later on in the day, put on a moisturizer before putting any make up on.
  • Remove all makeup before going to sleep. Once the night is over, make sure that you remove all of your makeup before going to sleep. You don’t want to leave any residue behind as that could lead to a breakout.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Dermatology Clinical Trials for Psoriasis & Atopic Dermatitis

Windsor Dermatology is very proud to have been participating in high-quality clinical trials with leading-edge pharmaceutical companies for over twenty-five years. Our hope is to advance medical dermatology research and treatment to benefit both our patients and physicians. We are currently conducting clinical trials in psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

Prior to participating in a clinical trial, it is crucial that you understand what they are, the benefits, and eligibility requirements. In the hopes of increasing awareness to our clinical trial facility, we want to provide you with all of the necessary information.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are medical research studies that evaluate the effectiveness and safety of new treatment options. This allows our team of board certified dermatologists to get a first-hand look at how new medicines work in treating diseases, which will ultimately lead them to potentially discovering a cure.

What should I expect during a clinical trial?

There are many clinical trials available including, psoriasis, eczema, hair loss, acne, skin infections, and skin cancer. During a clinical trial, you will receive study visits conducted by a trained and dedicated research team. One of our board certified dermatologists will also evaluate you throughout the process.

Throughout the clinical trial procedure, patients will receive access to the latest medical innovations at no cost. By contributing to furthering medical research, there is the opportunity for potential financial compensation for time and travel.

What are the benefits of clinical trials?

There are many benefits from participating in a clinical trial, including:

  • Cutting-edge, new treatments. The diseases studied in a clinical trial do not have a cure. This might mean that you have undergone numerous treatment options to no avail. Participating in a clinical trial gives you the opportunity to try new treatment options not available to the public. This could prove to be more effective than any other treatment previously used.
  • Free or low cost treatment. As the side effects and ultimate results from the treatment is not known, you will be receiving it at a free or low cost.
  • Assist in reaching a cure. After receiving your diagnosis and finding out that there is no cure, only treatment options available, you most likely want to find a cure. Your participation in a clinical trial will help the medical field reach a cure quicker.

What are the eligibility requirements to participate in a clinical trial?

Windsor Dermatology is looking for patients to participate in a clinical trial that meet the following general criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Previously diagnosed with psoriasis or atopic dermatitis
  • Insurance is not needed to participate
  • Willing to be compliant with the guidelines of the study
  • Excited to participate!

 

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Dermatologist Shares Eczema Tips for Children

Has your child been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis/eczema? The diagnosis does not have a distinct cause and can be treated with good skin care. As eczema causes itchy, dry skin, oftentimes the skin will crack which enables germs to cause skin infections. It is crucial that you help your child take care of their skin if they have eczema.

As board-certified dermatologists, we have seen our fair share of eczema cases and know some helpful tips for parents to follow when taking care of their children with eczema.

Frequent baths. We mentioned above that it is important to take care of your child’s skin. One way that this can be accomplished is through frequent baths. You should never bathe your child in hot water, as it could further dry out the skin. Opt for shorter, warm baths.

If your child has eczema, you need to be extra cautious about the soap you use during the bath. Select a mild, fragrance-free soap for your child. After your child gets out of the bath, pat their skin dry and apply any medicine that has been prescribed. Finally, apply a moisturizer to seal everything in.

Sensitive moisturizer and fabric softener. Atopic dermatitis causes extremely dry skin. Your child’s skin will be sensitive, so you might need to test out a few different moisturizers to determine the best fit. We recommend moisturizers to be very thick and fragrance-free. An option you can select is petroleum jelly, it matches both of the above criteria.

In addition to being careful with the moisturizer you put on your child’s skin, you should also pay attention to the type of laundry detergent you are using. Try to find a detergent that is made for sensitive skin and avoid scented fabric softener and dryer sheets.

Skin care regimen. To improve your child’s skin condition, you should establish and stick to a skin care regimen. The first thing you will need to do is apply moisturizer twice a day. To prevent your child from puncturing their skin when scratching, keep their nails short and smooth. You should also keep the temperature level in your house comfortable. If it is too cold or warm, it might trigger a reaction.

 

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Dermatologist Provides Hair Loss Treatment for Women

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40% of women start to have visible hair loss by the time they are 40. Unfortunately, this can be very upsetting to women’s overall confidence and self-esteem levels. As board-certified dermatologists, we understand and recognize the importance of providing knowledge and treatment options for hair loss.

The Most Common Forms of Female Hair Loss

To begin our guide to women’s hair loss, we must first delve deeper into the most common form of hair loss. Typically, female-pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia is genetic and can be inherited from either parent. Signs of hair loss can appear as early as the late teenage years. If it begins that early, the impact will be more severe.

Another form of hair loss that women can experience is alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune skin disease that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and body. In all forms of alopecia areata, the hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal.

Women and men alike experience hair loss, however, their experiences are vastly different. Instead of a receding hairline or balding spot, women encounter visible thinning. Women will begin to notice that their hair is thinning if their part is wider than normal or their ponytail is smaller.

Are There Treatment Options Available for Female Hair Loss?

Treatment options for female hair loss vary based off of the progression of the condition. One option that can be prescribed is Minoxidil 5%. It is FDA approved to treat female-pattern hair loss. Of the patients that use Minoxidil, 81% have positive results and see regrown hair.

For patients that have alopecia areata, treatment options are available for mild, patchy alopecia areata. However, there is no acceptable treatment that works in all cases currently.

How Long Will It Be Before I Notice Results from Treatment?

It is important to remain patient when undergoing treatment for hair loss. Hair takes a while to grow, so it will take time to see results.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will work to solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that take pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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Skin Care Tips from Lena the Aesthetician

Our wonderful aesthetician Lena joined the team at Windsor Dermatology in 2015 from Manhattan, New York. She is extremely knowledgeable about skincare and is able to customize her treatments to match your specific needs. Her primary focus is on the medical treatment of underlying skin problems to help her patients feel empowered.

We sat down with Lena to ask her some questions regarding skin care tips.

How does your aesthetic process work?

Before any patient undergoes aesthetic services, they need to come in for a consultation appointment with me. From that consultation, I help them determine what aesthetic treatment works best for their skin type. Some patients require chemical peels, while others undergo microdermabrasion.

What are some of the procedures you commonly do?

All of our patients have different skin care needs, so there really is a service for everyone. Here at Windsor Dermatology, we offer microdermabrasion, acne treatments, skin rejuvenation peels, deep cleaning peels, waxing services, collagen treatments, and custom facials.

How should people be taking care of their skin with the change in weather/season?

The first thing people should do before heading out for the day is apply SPF cream in the morning. In the winter, it should be a hydrating cream because dry skin is a common skin ailment in colder weather.

During the spring and summer, patients should stick to their daily regimens and use a lighter SPF cream. Oily skin is a skin care issue in the summer. If your skin is oily it still needs to be moisturized with a special cream that can control the oil.

Lena is available Tuesday-Friday and three Saturdays a month. She provides microdermabrasion, salicylic peels, glycolic peels, phyto-pumpkin enzyme peels, facial waxing, collagen treatments, and custom facials to our patients. Please contact the office to schedule an appointment with her.

No matter your skin care needs; Windsor Dermatology will solve your problem. We have an excellent team of six board certified dermatologists that takes pride in their work and strives for the highest quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the services we offer.

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