Patient Education

Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

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Our N.Easton Office
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Patient Privacy
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Amy S. Chang, MD
...Formerly a member of the Association of Professors of Dermatology and American Contact Dermatitis Society, Dr...

Your Visit
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New SSDP Dermatologist Looks Forward To Providing Lifelong Care For Patients
...Loo, MD,Tarana Mohammadi, MD, Viraj Shroff-Mehta, MD, Christine Urman, MD, or Kerri Liska, MS, PA-C, by phoning (508) 535-3376, or visiting the Contact page on the SSDP website...

First SSDP Physician Assistant Aims For Clinical Excellence In Her New Position
...Loo, MD,Tarana Mohammadi, MD, Viraj Shroff-Mehta, MD, Christine Urman, MD, or Kerri Liska, MS, PA-C, by phoning (508) 535-3376, or visiting the Contact page on the SSDP website...

Well-known dermatology educator joins SSDP team
...Chang, MD, Lindsay Eminger, MD, Viraj Shroff-Mehta, MD, and Christine Urman, MD, visit the Contact Us page on the SSDP website or phone (508) 535-3376...

Clearing the air on sun protection
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Dermatology Professor Assumes New Role at SSDP
...Chang, MD, Lindsay Eminger, MD, or Viraj Shroff-Mehta, MD, visit the Contact Us page on the SSDP website or phone (508) 535-3376...

Shower yourself with cosmetic savings in April
... Book your next Sculptra treatment by phoning (508) 535-3376, Option 7, or emailing from the Contact Us page on the SSDP website...

New electronic medical records debut at South Shore Derm
..."One of the biggest challenges we faced in implementing EMR was that all of the doctors were very committed to maintaining eye contact with our patients during the skin exam and wanted the fewest disruptions to the doctor-patient interaction," explains Dr...

Preventing the itch of poison ivy
...According to the Centers for Disease Control, contact with as little as 50 micrograms of urushiol (less than one grain of table salt) will cause an allergic reaction in 80 – 90 percent of adults...

The Basics of Wart Treatment
...Sharing towels and clothing, or even just coming in contact with their wart can cause the virus to spread...

What are Hives?
...This variety of hives usually appears within an hour after contact with one of these elements...

Rosacea
...Surveys and studies report that living with rosacea can cause:   Feelings of frustration and embarrassment: In surveys conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 41 percent said their rosacea caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements...

Back acne: How to see clearer skin
...8% emollient foam on reduction of Propionibacterium acnes on the back using a short contact therapy approach...

Are your hair care products causing breakouts?
...Be sure to wash everything your head touched, including: Pillow cases and sheets Caps Hats Headbands Visors When a dermatologist can help This type of acne tends to clear on its own once the product(s) causing the problem stops coming into contact with your skin...

Genital warts
... Genital contact (people's genitals touch)...

Head Lice
...Most people get head lice when they have head-to-head contact with someone who has head lice...

Herpes simplex
...The first time sores appear, they will show up between 2 and 20 days after a person has contact with an infected person...

Impetigo
... Most people get impetigo through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it...

Molluscum contagiosum
...Skin-to-skin contact also spreads the virus...

Nail fungus
... Many people pick up the fungi when they have skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a fungal infection like athlete’s foot or ringworm on their hands...

Ringworm
...Most men get it when they have contact with infected animal, which may explain why farmers and ranchers seem to develop it more often...

Scabies
...Most people get scabies from direct, skin-to-skin contact...

Warts
...Warts can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart...

Cold sores
... Avoid other intimate contact...

Genital herpes
...Be sure your partner knows that the following can reduce this risk: Skipping sex when you have sores: To avoid giving your partner genital herpes, it’s recommended that you skip all sexual contact while you have sores and for 1 or 2 days after the sores clear...

Botulinum toxin therapy
...You should contact your insurance company to find out what your policy covers...

Chemical peels
... If your skin burns, itches, or swells, contact your dermatologist...

Alopecia areata
...A dermatologist may call this short-contact therapy...

Hives
... Contact with chemicals...

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
... The itchy, blistering rash often does not start until 12 to 72 hours after you come into contact with the oil...

Psoriatic arthritis
...To find out whether such classes are available in your area, contact your local hospital, YMCA, fitness center, community center, and park district...

Actinic keratosis
...If you notice a growth on your skin that has any of the following traits, contact your dermatologist right away: Starts to itch or bleed...

Psoriatic arthritis
...To find out whether such classes are available in your area, contact your local hospital, YMCA, fitness center, community center, and park district...

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)
... When examining your skin, you should immediately contact your dermatologist if you: Find any new growth or rough patch on your skin Feel a change in your lymph nodes Think about joining a support group...

Imiquimod: A treatment for some skin cancers, genital warts
...If the intensity becomes too much, you should contact your dermatologist...

Melanoma
... Ask whom you can contact if you have questions later...

Skin reactions from targeted therapy deserve attention
... At the first sign of a skin reaction, contact your doctor...

7 ways to find peace of mind after a melanoma diagnosis
... Contact the Cancer Support Community’s Helpline...

Contact dermatitis
  Contact dermatitis: Many health care workers develop an allergy to latex, as did this nurse...

Dyshidrotic eczema
... The people most likely to get dyshidrotic eczema (DE) are adults aged 20 to 40, who often have one or more of the following: Certain medical condition: You have a higher risk of developing DE if you have any of the following: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) or blood relatives who have eczema Contact dermatitis, especially an allergy to nickel Dyshidrotic eczema in your family Hay fever Sweaty or moist hands: Some people have flares every spring or summer when the temperature rises...

Neurodermatitis
... Medical history: You have a personal or family history of one or more of the following: Eczema (atopic dermatitis) Psoriasis Contact dermatitis An anxiety disorder, especially  obsessive-compulsive disorder Researchers have discovered that a trigger can increase the risk of developing neurodermatitis...

Nummular dermatitis
... Injured your skin (insect bite, contact with chemicals, or abrasion)...

Stasis dermatitis
...Two common conditions are: Contact dermatitis (skin becomes very sensitive to almost everything that touches it, including medicines and ingredients in moisturizers, such as lanolin) Cellulitis (a serious infection that extends deep into the skin)   Image #1 used with permission of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: 2009; 61:1028-32...

How to Treat Boils and Styes
...If you have a stye, avoid wearing eye makeup or contact lenses until the stye heals...

How to Treat Shingles
... If you suspect you have shingles, avoid contact with women who are pregnant and anyone who has not had chickenpox or has not been vaccinated, and see a board-certified dermatologist right away...

How to Treat Cold Sores
...If you have a cold sore, dermatologists recommend avoiding intimate contact – such as kissing – and sharing cups, towels, razors, toothbrushes and any other objects that may have come in contact with your cold sores...

Tips for treating poison ivy
...Thoroughly wash all of the clothes you were wearing when you came into contact with the poisonous plant...

Do you have to treat rosacea?
...  Some people say they try to avoid contact with other people as much as possible because they feel ashamed...

Rosacea treatment: Eye problems
...In fact, many people mistakenly believe that something else, such as allergies or contact lenses, is causing their eye problems...

Stubborn acne? Hormonal therapy may help
... When taking hormonal therapy for acne, it’s helps to: Give the medication time to work Take the medication at the same time every day Use everything on your acne treatment plan Keep all follow-up appointments with your dermatologist Contact your dermatologist’s office right away if you experience signs of a serious side effect, such as cramping in your leg or arm Hormonal therapy is an option for many women with stubborn acne, but it’s not always the only option...

Is that stubborn acne really acne?
... The signs and symptoms usually develop 2 to 4 weeks after you’ve come into contact with toxic chemicals found in insecticides, herbicides, or wood preservatives...

Allergic Contact Rashes
An allergic contact rash (also called allergic contact dermatitis) is a skin reaction that occurs when allergy-causing substances (allergens) touch your skin...

Bullous Disease
...Your dermatologist may be able to provide you with contact information for a support group in your area...

Cosmeceuticals and Your Skin
... Allergic contact dermatitis HOW CAN I TELL IF A COSMECEUTICAL WILL WORK...

Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris
...If the dryness worsens, contact your dermatologist...

Eczema Treatment: Topical Corticosteroids for Children
... If you notice any of the following on your child’s skin, contact your child’s dermatologist: Bruising Visible blood vessels Stretch marks Breakouts that look like acne Dark spots on the skin Most side effects that develop on the skin will go away when you stop applying the medicine...

Fungal Infections of the Skin
... Many people get a fungal infection through close personal contact with someone who has a fungal infection, for example, sharing an infected object such as a towel or comb...

Genital Warts
... People get genital warts through sexual contact...

Hand Rashes
... Many people get a hand rash from substances they come into contact with at work...

Herpes Simplex
...In women, sores can develop inside the body on the Burning sensation while urinating Flu-like symptoms: Fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph glands Sores may develop between 2 to 20 days after sexual contact with an infected person...

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
...You also should avoid contact with those for whom catching the virus could be dangerous, including pregnant women and babies less than 12 months old...

Mohs Surgery: Patient Care Tips
...You may see blood at the edge of your If you notice that blood is seeping through your bandage and it does not subside with constant firm pressure (applied consistently for at least 20 minutes), contact your Mohs surgeon or go to the emergency room...

Moles
... If you see a mole or another spot reappear after a biopsy, contact your dermatologist...

Molluscum Contagiosum
...You can catch this virus through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching an infected object...

Pityriasis Rosea
... If a woman develops pityriasis rosea during pregnancy, she should contact her obstetrician...

Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac
...In most people, this oil causes an allergic reaction when it comes into contact with the skin, resulting in an itchy rash...

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
...If you experience this, contact your dermatologist right away...

Scabies
...People get the mites on their skin through direct skin-to-skin contact...

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases, as they used to be called, spread from one person to another during sexual contact...

Skin of Color
... Close contact also spreads scalp ringworm...

Warts
... Many people get a wart when they have skin-to-skin contact with someone else who has a wart...

Your Dermatologist and Insurance
... Contact your insurance company and ask them if an appointment with a dermatologist or a specific treatment will be covered...