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Monkey Pox Virus Broward County

With the first confirmed case of Monkey Pox in the state of Florida being traced to Broward County, back in May, you would think more people would be talking about it locally. The conversation IS robust; however, this seems to be limited to our local gay and bisexual community, particularly men who have sex with men.   That is because one of the major modes of transmission is through skin to skin contact which is typical of sexual encounters; and immunocompromised adults are at a greater risk of increased severity of the virus. Nonetheless, there are other modes of transmission that…

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“Maskne”: It’s Not Just for Teens

Just over a month ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended everyone wear a mask while in public to prevent the spread of covid-19.  These masks and face coverings provide a layer of protection; however, we are also observing a direct relationship with irritated the skin, clogged pores, and acne flares – even in patients who have never experienced acne in the past. P. acnes is not the only culprit when it comes to the cause of acne blemishes.  Many patients traditionally present with “pimples” assuming they’re hormonal or from oil or bacteria on the skin; when in fact,…

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The Skin Signs of Covid-19

Your skin is your first line defense system.  The barrier between you and your external environment is known to have a slightly acidic pH, host a variety of normal, even protective microbial life, possess waterproofing qualities and protection from environmental exposures, regulate body temperature, and respond to external stimulation.  But did you know that your skin can also share clues about your internal status?  Dermatologists are able to suspect and workup endocrine (hormonal) disorders such as Diabetes, Adrenal Tumors, or thyroid dysfunction. They can also recognize specific warning signs encoded in the skin that signal autoimmune imbalance, certain kinds of…

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