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Is Earlobe Repair Right For You?

While pierced ears may have started the trend, body piercings are almost as common as tattoos these days. Nose, eyebrow, tongue, lip, or otherwise, almost any body part can be used for ornamentation. Regardless of location, any body piercing can have unpleasant outcomes, including keloids, infections, and allergic reactions, among others. One of the most…

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Treating Dry Winter Skin

Dry skin is part and parcel of our frosty winter months. When we’re outdoors, the cold air has far less humidity than warm air; when we’re indoors, we heat our homes and offices with warm, dry air. Between the two, our skin takes a beating. To combat dry winter skin, try the following tips: Bathing…

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Tracy Campbell, MD

To say that Derick Dermatology is honored to have had this month’s Doctor on board for over four years is an understatement. Board-Certified Dr. Tracy Campbell joined our practice in 2012 and has been an asset ever since. For her undergraduate degree, Dr. Campbell attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated summa cum…

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How to Prevent Frostbite

Chicago area winters are brutal. Between the seasonal drop in temperature and the winds that blow off of Lake Michigan, we have more than our share of below zero days. Those frigid days and nights come with a number of unpleasant dermatological conditions including dry skin and hair, chapped lips, and the possibility of frostbite,…

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Michelle Bate, FNP

At Derick Dermatology, we strive to staff our practice with people who believe in continual growth as medical practitioners and are passionate about patient care. Michelle Bate, FNP, is one such person. Michelle joined our practice in February of 2012 and has been a favorite of both coworkers and patients ever since. Michelle is deeply…

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When to Worry About a Mole

Mole, beauty mark, or freckle – whatever you might call these dark spots on your skin, it’s often hard to tell if they are simple irregularities or potentially cancerous spots. According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are multiple forms of skin cancer: Basal…

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FAQ’s From Our Younger Patients

You can always count on children to stump you with their questions. Sometimes you are stumped because you don’t know the answer, but other times you are stumped because you never dreamed that they would ask such a thing and you have no idea how to respond. Too much information can confuse them (or open…

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Caring for Hair During the Winter Months

Due to the weather patterns created by La Nina, this winter is predicted to produce cooler temperatures and more snow than the Chicago area is used to. Whatever the cause of our bone-chilling winters, our nails, skin, and hair are moisture-starved and prone to damage. Since a vacation to a humidity-rich tropical island isn’t feasible…

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How to Remove a Splinter?

A typical hazard of childhood (and adulthood) is the common splinter. Those who had parents with skilled hands were lucky; the splinter would be removed within seconds – no harm, no foul – and play could quickly resume. Those whose parents were not so deft had a completely different experience: first came the digging and…