Many People Think Tanning Beds Are Safe But They’re Wrong

Did you know that tanning beds emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation which is a significant risk factor for skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer? And that people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%? Don’t be fooled, get the facts in this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group. Continue reading

6 Myths About Acne That Just Aren’t True

Contrary to popular belief, neither fatty foods nor chocolate causes acne. Primarily, hormones (male androgens or related compounds) cause acne, which is why so many young people get pimples during puberty, or for girls, right before their period starts. To debunk these and other acne myths, we recommend this blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
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Best Ways To Prevent Eczema Flare-Ups

Here at Westchester Health, we see a fair amount of eczema. Fortunately, it’s not contagious, but it does tend to run in families with a history of eczema or other conditions such as hay fever and asthma. Different triggers can make it worse, such as stress, allergies and sweating, which can cause itchy, painful flare-ups.

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10 Tips for Dealing With Your Child’s Acne

At Westchester Health, we pay a good deal of attention to how acne is affecting our patients on the inside. A recent study has shown that even having mild acne can bring on feelings of low self-esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts in adolescents and teenagers. Coming at the same time as puberty only adds to the feelings of uncertainty about body image, self-esteem and other emotional issues that young people experience. To alert parents to the potentially damaging psychological effects of acne, Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written an excellent blog.

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How To Treat The 10 Most Common Kids’ Skin Rashes

Your child comes home from school covered in little red dots. Is it chicken pox? Heat rash? Is it contagious? So that you can correctly identify your child’s rash and whether or not you should take him/her to a doctor, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has listed the 10 most common kids’ skin rashes and what to do about them.

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How You Can Help Your Child Avoid Eczema

Know it or not, eczema is the most common skin problem treated by pediatricians. In our all of our different offices, our physicians see a lot of eczema, especially our pediatricians. Wondering if there’s anything you can do to keep your child from developing it? Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written an excellent blog specifically for parents of children with eczema, or who are at risk of developing it.

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Acne Doesn’t Have To Ruin Your Life.

Oh dear, puberty! That exciting time when a young person leaves the world of childhood and develops into a young adult. Unavoidably, hormones cause many changes during this period, the most emotionally-laden often being pimples or acne.

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Indoor Tanning Is A Risky Way To Get A Tan

For people who want a golden (or darker) glow, indoor tanning beds are NOT a safe alternative to the sun. In fact, they are quite harmful, explains Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, in his recent blog.

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Best Ways To Protect Your Baby’s Skin

A common worry for most parents of newborns, especially new parents, is the condition of their baby’s skin. Is it too damp, too dry, is that a rash? To set your mind at ease, here’s what you need to need to know in an easy-to-follow blog from our Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatrician Dr. Pete Richel.

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Even Though Summer Is Over, Your Skin Still Needs Protection From The Sun

Goodbye summer, hello fall, and all too soon, winter. Even though you’re no longer basking on the beach (at least in New York State), the sun is still out and can cause significant damage to your skin. First or second degree burns, dark spots, wrinkles, and an increased risk for cancer, or carcinoma, are all possible at any time of year and should be protected against.

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