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The FDA Approved COVID Vaccines Are Safe And Effective

January 8, 2021

Dr. Weiss received COVID-19 vaccine

We are at war with the COVID-19 virus. Approximately 350,000 Americans have died as a result of illness from this scourge since the pandemic began. By comparison, approximately 420,000 servicemen and women lost their lives during WWII and 58,000 during the Vietnam War. Data strongly supports simple protective measures including wearing masks/face coverings in public, avoiding crowds, frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers. Itís a remarkable feat of science and technology that 9 months since the pandemic began, 2 safe and effective FDA approved vaccines (Pizer/Biontec and Moderna) are being disseminated and several million Americans have received their first doses. Unfortunately, surveys have indicated that a significant percentage of the population is unwilling to take the vaccine. For those with safety concerns, please check the CDCís website www.cdc.gov for detailed information that addresses this issue. I also suggest reading a short editorial by Kerry Kennedy Meltzer, M.D., an internal medicine resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital that was published last week: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/30/opinion/covid-vaccine-bobby-kennedy.html

 

Recent reports of rare, facial/lip swelling (3 out of 15,184 participants) noted in the Moderna vaccine trial in participants who previously received fillers should not be a contraindication to vaccination. It appears the virus will be around for a while but we can defeat it. THE COVID VACCINES ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. UNLESS YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATION, PLEASE GET VACCINATED AS SOON AS ONE BECOMES AVAILABLE TO YOU.


Stay Connected with Telemedicine

December 10, 2020

Telemedicine

Interactions with physicians via video conferencing and by phone with evaluation of photos have been gaining momentum for years. These type of virtual visits, known as telemedicine, have grown significantly during the pandemic. They allow people with concerns about going out in public and those with underlying conditions that put them at high risk for serious illness if they became infected with COVID, to be evaluated by their physician. It also allows for more regular follow up, eliminates the time for driving round trip to the office, parking cost, and wait time to see your doctor. There are, however, limitations to the kind of issues that can be addressed. Procedures such as biopsies, surgeries, freezing of skin lesions, (at least for now) require an office visit. In dermatology, telemedicine works best for following chronic skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. While individual skin lesions can be evaluated, a full skin exam requires an office visit.

To schedule a telemedicine appointment with your dermatologist please call 310-274-9954 or initiate your telemedicine consultation through your patient portal derm90210.ema.md. If you donít have access to your portal please call the phone number listed above for assistance.


Dry Skin From Hand Washing

April 9, 2020

Dry skin from Handwashing

Now that frequent hand washing has become the new norm, many patients are complaining about dry, red, burning skin. This condition, irritation dermatitis, is treated with regular applications of moisturizers such as Aveeno Eczema Therapy Balm, Vanicreme, and Cerave Cream among others. More severe cases require a prescription topical steroid cream or ointment.

 

On the subject of hands, the long-standing custom of hand shaking may become a thing of the past even after the pandemic ends. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious disease recently stated, “I don’t think we should ever shake hands ever again, to be honest with you,” he added later. “Not only would it be good to prevent coronavirus disease; it probably would decrease instances of influenza dramatically in this country.”

 

Our office remains open for urgent dermatologic conditions, and we also offer telemedicine appointments. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 310-274-9954 or email us: damg@derm90210.com



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