OFF THE RECORD WITH DR. KAPLAN - Real Life Cases From Dr. Kaplan's Per

How A Beach Excursion Turned Into A Skin Nightmare A young woman came to my office for help for a new rash on her foot. Not unusual for Beverly Hills, she carried her dog in a large carry bag. She said the rash began after returning from a vacation in the Caribbean. One doctor diagnosed eczema, while another felt she...

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The Off the Record series features real-life excerpts from Dr. Kaplan's dermatology case files.   When you live in a sunny climate, such as Southern California, the trade off for our beautiful sunny weather is having chronically dry skin and lips. Other factors that can cause chronic dryness include genetics, your skin type, tanning and medications. Dryness is significant on...

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The Off the Record series features real-life excerpts from Dr. Kaplan's dermatology case files. The patient, an elderly female, was brought into my office by her son with pancake-sized patches of dry, scaly skin all over her body. For months the patient, who lived in a Senior Living facility, had been experiencing extreme itching to the point where her skin...

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The Off the Record series features real-life excerpts from Dr. Kaplan's dermatology case files. The patient, an adult male, presented with a rash on the palms of his hands. He said he also felt he had the flu. As soon as I saw the rash, and asked a few questions, I immediately thought of syphilis. I knew that there are...

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, it reminds me of an all too familiar diagnosis in my dermatology practice. While common to me, especially since I am based in sunny SoCal, it is probably a diagnosis few people know can actually happen! Late one Sunday evening, I was paged by a very upset, panicked female patient who requested an emergency appointment....

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The patient, a female, came into my office to treat deep creases on her forehead. She was most concerned with a small vertical crease between her eyebrows. She explained she had been to various spas and cosmetic clinics for Botox and Fillers over the years, but the creases on her forehead kept reappearing even deeper and larger than before. She...

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  The patient, a male, presented with a small, red bump on his forehead that looked like a pimple. He had already seen 2 other doctors who repeatedly treated the bump with cortisone shots, but the bump kept returning. The patient became increasingly concerned, and came to see me when his “super pimple” kept getting bigger and firmer to the...

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The Off the Record series features real-life excerpts from Dr. Kaplan's dermatology case files. The patient, a male, presented with a large brown mole on his back about the size of the dime. His wife had brought the mole to his attention after she realized the mole had recently grown significantly and was concerned it was cancerous. Upon examination, I...

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