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Bed bugs at your hotel? A guide to prevention.

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As we enter the holiday travel season, I would like to educate my Tareen Dermatology patients about bed bugs, and more importantly, how to avoid picking them up at hotels.

Bed Bug bites often occur in a line or pattern.

Bed Bug bites often occur in a line or pattern.

Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius is the most common type of bed bug and the type that causes most human infestations.

Unfortunately, bed bugs can live months (and even YEARS) between blood meals. Bed bugs also lay a great deal of eggs and have many offspring. In addition, bed bugs have evolved to become resistant to many insecticides and can survive weeks at extreme temperatures. Thus, PREVENTING bed bugs infestation is the best strategy.

At hotels:

  1. Look around: Bed bugs like right angles, so they can be found on headboards, bed frames, mattress piping, drawers, and windows. They can also be present on the under surfaces of furniture or in peeling paint.
  2. Check for droppings: Bed bug droppings typically are round brown splotches. Check mattresses and sheets as well as other furniture. If droppings are seen, bed bugs have been there and are probably still there.
  3. Follow the 3 foot rule: Check areas within 3 feet or so of hotel beds for evidence of bed bugs as this is the typical distance that they travel.

If you picked them up at your hotel and are now home:

  1. Utilize high heat: Heavy vacuuming and steaming may kill bed bugs if the temperatures are high enough.
  2. Lose the insecticide and forget cold: Insecticides are rarely effective. Bed bugs can also withstand freezing temperatures. Heat and mattress encasements tend to be most effective.
  3. Call Dr. Tareen: For resistant infestations, there are pills and topicals that can be prescribed.

If infestation with bed bugs does occur, do not worry. Bed bug bites are not dangerous. They are however very itchy and do look bad. So, follow the above tips to prevent these little nuisances from ruining your winter vacation.

 

 

TCL Feature 10/18 at 3pm-Psoriasis: Causes and Treatment

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A real Tareen Dermatology patient before and after 3 months of phototherapy treatment.

A real Tareen Dermatology patient before and after 3 months of phototherapy treatment.

Psoriasis is a chronic (persistent), auto-immune skin disease. It presents as thick patches of skin that can appear anywhere on the body and look red and scaly. Psoriasis occurs when a person’s immune system sends signals to the skin cells, which cause them to grow more quickly than usual. This results in many skin cells piling up on the surface of the skin, which appear as thickened plaques.

There are other conditions associated with psoriasis, including psoriatic arthritis, heart conditions, depression and obesity. Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso but it can appear anywhere on the body. New research shows that almost 5% of the population may be affected by psoriasis.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis. However, there a several methods for controlling and managing the symptoms.

-Topical Medications: Help reduce the inflammation and thickened plaques that result from psoriasis.

-Laser/Phototherapy: Use safe wavelengths of UV light to target specific lesions or to treat the entire body.

-Injectable/Oral Medications: Such medications include Humira ®, Stellara ®, Cosentyx and Otezla. These medications can have serious side effects and should be used under the supervision of a physician.

Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota is proud to offer these safe and effective treatments for psoriasis. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Mohiba Tareen was featured on ABC’s Twin Cities Live, channel 5, discussing psoriasis treatments on Tuesday, October 18th at 3 pm. Check out the video here.

 

 

The Best Way to Shave

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Man shaving

For men who are going for the clean shaved look, it’s important to consider these tips. (Photo courtesy of the GroomingArtist.com)

Many men are prone to ingrown hairs. The scientific term for this condition is called “pseudofolliculitis barbae.”

Ingrown hairs in the beard area result from small, shaved hairs curling back into the skin. The embedded hairs then form a bump. These bumps can get inflamed, infected, and eventually lead to scarring.
The easiest treatment is to stop shaving. According to experts, ingrown hairs spontaneously release after 1 centimeter of growth. Dr. Tareen and her colleagues frequently write letters of medical necessity for patients’ jobs that document their necessity to limit shaving.
Some men may desire or need a clean shaven appearance. Below are great tips to help prevent ingrown hairs:
1. Use a single- blade razor:  Single blade razors shave less closely and prevent small hairs from curling into the skin. Razors should be replaced every five to seven shaves.
2. Use electric clippers: Clippers are another great option. The blade setting that allows 0.5-1mm of stubble tends to be the most effective at limiting ingrowns.
3. Shaving technique is important:  Before shaving, men should wash with a mild cleanser using a gentle circular technique to free any embedded hairs. During shaving, a moisturizing shave cream should be used. Shaving should always be done in the direction of hair growth.
4. Laser hair removal is a great option: Permanent reduction of hair is both cost and time effective when factoring in the cost/ time of shaving.
Gentleman who are still developing ingrown hairs should see Dr. Tareen. Prescription topical washes and creams can be effective at reducing ingrown hairs and scarring.

 

A Natural Option to Treat Warts!

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Warts are growths on the skin caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). Many warts resolve on their own. It may be advisable to seek the help of Dr Tareen and her colleagues if warts are large, painful, rapidly spreading, or causing social stigma.

There are many treatment options for warts. My own 5 year old son had a monster wart on his foot that we attacked with liquid nitrogen, laser, cantharidin (a topically applied medication), as well as home treatment with duct tape. After 6 in office treatments his wart is finally gone! Luckily, I can get most of my patients wart free with less than 6 treatments.
Kashi Tareen Wart Before After

After many years of stubbornness, Kashi’s wart is finally gone!

A recent study highlighted oral zinc supplementation for treatment of pediatric warts. In children who were treated with zinc, 87% of the children cleared the wart in 2 months compared to 0% in the placebo group. The dose of zinc recommended is zinc sulfate 10 mg/ kg/ day (up to 600 mg/day) for up to 2 months. All children in the treatment group reported nausea, but no other side effects. No recurrence of the warts was noted at 6 months.

Thus, zinc, which is safe and natural, can be used for wart treatment (although nausea may be rate limiting). It is always nice to have a natural option!

 

 

A Probiotic A Day To Keep the Dermatologist Away?

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Woman with perfect skin eats yogurt to keep her skin healthy!

Having probiotics even 3 times a week can have many benefits for the skin. Photo Credits: nenetus/Shutterstock.com

Probiotics – helpful bacteria that protect the body from harmful bacteria – are everywhere in the media these days. In addition to yogurt, other sources of probiotics include kimchi and the tea beverage kombucha.  For skin health, several studies have shown that probiotics may be beneficial for acne/rosacea, eczema, infections, and even anti-aging.

Acne/Rosacea:

Probiotics have been shown to reduce inflammation (by preventing the body’s immune response to surface bacteria), thus reducing redness and lesion counts in these conditions.

Eczema:

Probiotics may help reduce the number of infections, particularly with MRSA (a harmful bacteria that lives on the skin) in people with eczema. Probiotics may also help increase the health of the skin barrier and reduce inflammation.

Chronic Wounds:

Studies are underway utilizing topical probiotics to help heal wounds. One study currently shows that a probiotic based gel is more effective than the current standard of care silver based dressing.

Anti-aging:

Ingestion of probiotics may help protect the skin against sun damage. A study found that mice supplemented with probiotics three times a week experienced less UV damage, and more hydrated skin than those who were not supplemented. Furthermore, the mice that were supplemented had more thick and lustrous fur.

For all of these conditions, the optimal doses of probiotics have not been defined. At our Minneapolis dermatology clinic, I counsel my patients: “A probiotic a day may help keep the dermatologist away!”

 

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