Importance of the Second Opinion: Editorial with Illustrative Cases

When I worked as a Dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, we encountered many patients    who were either referred by an outside Dermatologist, or self-referred, for a second opinion on their diagnosis or treatment or both.  Most patients would bring copies of their records for us to review, and invariably, … Continue reading

Scabies and Poison Ivy Confusion

You might reasonably ask, how could one confuse these two distinct entities?  Scabies is an infestation of the skin caused by the sarcoptes mite and poison ivy is an allergic contact dermatitis caused by a resin in the plant.  Confusion does indeed exist with the layperson and the inexperienced health … Continue reading