Skin Tags

Skin tags are small, soft growths of skin commonly found on the eyelids, neck, armpits, under the breasts in women, and the groin. They are not cancerous or pre-cancerous.  They are not contagious. They are not warts.   Everyone gets them, but they seem to be more common in obese people and in pregnant women. …

We are a sanctuary medical office

Goldin Skin Dermatology is a “sanctuary medical office.”    We do not ask patients about their immigration status, and we welcome refugees and asylum seekers. “Sanctuary cities” are cities that do not use their resources (e.g. police, fire, administrative services) to enforce national immigration policy.  Current sanctuary cities in Illinois are:  Chicago, Champaign, Urbana, Cicero,…

High cost of medication

I am often shocked when patients tell me how much they paid (or were asked to pay) for a medication I prescribed.  I am especially surprised, because I make a point of writing for generic medication, rather than more expensive brand medication.   Generic medications are versions of a brand drug which the Federal Drug Administration…

Our new Physician Assistant Patrick Rice.

I am very happy to announce that Patrick Rice has joined GoldinSkin Dermatology as our new Physician Assistant. Patrick recently completed his Physician Assistant training with a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. A Physician Assistant is a nationally certified and state licensed medical…

Which sunscreen is best?

This month, my dermatology colleagues at Northwestern University published an article in JAMA Dermatology (JAMA Dermatol. Published online July 06, 2016. doi:.10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.2344) in which they looked at the most popular sunscreens purchased on Amazon.  They found that 40% did not meet the minimal standards set by the American Academy of Dermatology.  Prices varied 3000% ($0.68 an…

Dr. LaBarbera’s maternity leave

Dr. LaBarbera has started her maternity leave.  She plans to be gone for 3 months and will return the middle of October 2016. I plan to add Wednesdays to my schedule and limit the number of new patients so that our current patients can be adequately serviced during her absence. Please be patient with us…

Indoor Tanning

This month’s JAMA Dermatology (JAMA Dermatol. 2016; 152(3):268-275) features an article which tries to explain why the incidence of melanoma is increasing faster in women under 50 years of age compared to men under 50.  The authors conclude that this difference is most likely due to the higher rates of indoor tanning by younger women.   They…