News & Events October 2019
National Eczema
Awareness Month

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a chronic skin condition which causes itchy, red skin. It can affect both children and adults. Often times patients with eczema also have a history of asthma and allergies. Eczema patients have a defect in their skin barrier function making their skin irritated by certain triggers including soap, weather, and temperature. The mainstay treatment for eczema is topical steroids and proper bathing instructions such as using gentle cleansers, avoiding fragranced products, and moisturizing daily. However, there are other treatment options available including Dupixent which is used to treat moderate to severe eczema. Dupixent is a biological medication that is injected. It works by blocking interleukins which are thought to trigger eczema Eucrisa is a topical treatment for eczema. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, topical ointment which decreases the symptoms of atopic dermatitis such as itchy, redness, and thick skin. Skin center also offers UVB phototherapy to treat atopic dermatitis.
Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling is a procedure where tiny injuries are made in your skin using a small handheld device with numerous small short needles. This procedure couples microneedling with platelet-rich protein (PRP) derived from the serum portion of your own blood. A small sample of blood is taken from the individuals arm and spun to separate the PRP from the blood. This serum is high in platelets, the cells in the blood which help heal and grow new cells. When coupled with microneedling it promotes new collagen growth and tissue rejuvenation to tighten and smooth skin. The first step of the procedure is the application of the PRP directly to the face. The second step of the procedure is microneedling, where a small hand held device that contains tiny micro-needles is passed over the skin to create tiny wounds on the skin. These controlled injures stimulate your body to produce more collagen and elastin which is lost as we age. This treatment can be used on all skin types to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles while improving the overall texture and tone of the skin. Microneedling can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars. The procedure is quick, usually 30 minutes, with minimal downtime. Afterwards skin may appear red or flaky which will subside in 1 week. Products can be used with microneedling to decrease the downtime and improve the overall result. This non-invasive procedure gives you a brighter more youthful appearance while improving fines lines, scars, texture and tone of skin by harnessing the healing and restorative properties of one’s own cells.
Anti Oxidant & Brightening Pads

These skin pads use natural brighteners including Kojic Acid, Arbutin and Bearberry to promote even tone. They also contain antioxidants to soothe the skin including vitamin C.
They can be used daily on all skin types.

Ask Dr. G

For the past few months I have discussed airline ticketing and a few of the nuances of booking and selecting seats as well as tracking costs (all of them) associated with air travel. 
It seems that the patients in this practice really love to travel and had similar questions about cruising (on ships, not down the road).
There are 2 sites that I use to track cruise prices.

The first is

This website will track a cruise by date, price, and stateroom category, all you need to do is register, and if you don't mind checking the site regularly, it is a free service. CruiseFish is happy to send you the updated information, but that will require registration and a nominal fee per booking.
The second option, an app for your smart phone, is called Cruise Ship Mate, which is a free service. Below are links to the app for Apple and Android phones.
On this app you enter the cruise you are following or booked and set the app to alert you for price changes. 

To do so:
  1. Start Cruise Ship Mate by pressing on its icon
  2. Click My Cruises
  3. Press the Plus Sign (+)
  4. Enter the cruise details
  5. You will be shown a list of cruises you are “following”
  6. Select the cruise you want to track
  7. Press "Price Alert" to start price tracking and the program will send you updates automatically.
Once you see the price drop call your travel agent or the cruise-line to have your account adjusted or to book your trip.
And don’t be scared of the app, there is plenty of other valuable information in it.
Until next time, Bon Voyage,
Dr G
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