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Dr. Katherine Brown

Dermatology
MA
17 years experience female

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Dermatology

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English

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46 Answers
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments. It is a generally safe medication, although is ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
No: While both conditions can present with pink-red flaky skin, they are quite different diseases. Dandruff is a common benign skin condition thought to ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: Depends on where it is. For most locations, taking weight off the area and using foam cushions/pads help. For sores on the buttocks, air mattresses, f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Keep a diary: Hormonal acne is often associated with acne lesions along the jawline & sides of face, hormonal changes (e.g. Menstrual cycle, abnormal periods, etc),... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Identifying HPV: Vulvar & vaginal warts (hpv) can appear similar to other skin lesions and are contagious via direct skin contact. As such, suspicious skin lesions sh... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See a doctor: As a diabetic, you are more prone to developing certain infections. The lower extremities are a prime site for skin infections, when left untreated, t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin: Solvents like water & soap make dry skin worse. While moisturizers help combat this, minimizing skin exposure to solvents & applying moisturizers imme... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: First, get the eye allergy under control by avoiding allergens & possibly with medication (see your physician). If your eye allergy is due to seasonal... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: Otc antihistamines are helpful for many people with seasonal allergies. If you take multiple medications, a pharmacist can help you find an otc produ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Nostril bump: Generally, pimples inside the nostrils are painful/tender, while allergic reactions are itchy. Most likely, you have a pimple or an inflamed (+/- inf... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Smoking stains: Continued smoking cessation remains the best way to get rid of skin discoloration from smoking cigarettes, as well as improving your overall health. S... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: Determining the appropriate frequency to wash your face depends on many factors, like: 1) the type of skin you have -- is it dry? Oily? Sensitive?; 2)... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Acne Scars: Scarring occurs when there is damage to the deeper layers of the skin. In acne, scarring/dimpling can result from inflammation, cysts, & nodules deep ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Acne & makeup: Yes. Clogged pores contribute to acne. Certain makeups can clog pores. "non-comedogenic" makeups are those lacking ingredients known to clog pores in... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Benzoyl peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide (BP) is an antiseptic for reducing bacterial load & is available in a wash. Unlike antibiotics, bacterial resistance to this antisept... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Cystic Nodular Acne: Cystic nodular acne differs from standard acne by the type of skin lesion that predominates, which is the target for medical treatments. In typical ac... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: False negative & false positive results are testing errors (meaning the test results were wrong). In this case... A "false negative" result means tha... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See a doctor: An overdose on any type of medication warrants stopping the medication and seeing a doctor immediately!
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Acne from cosmetics: Yes. Many factors contribute to acne: hormones, oil production, pore clogging, bacteria, & inflammation. While avoiding poor-clogging comedogenic pro... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
No: Traumatizing acne (via squeezing, etc) can lead to scarring & infection.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: The bacterium staph. Aureus can cause bacterial meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain & spinal cord) and is a common cause o... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
With time: With time (usually months), the lighter patches should gradually improve. Make sure to moisturize regularly with a hypoallergenic frangrance-free prod... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: Acne results from oil overproduction (often due to hormones), clogged pores, p acnes bacteria, & resultant inflammation from your immune system recogn... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Yes: These are very common skin problems for which there are good treatments that a dermatologist can prescribe.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Atopy (see below): Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases. "atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you al... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Psoriatic Arthritis: Low-impact exercises (water therapy) are good for strengthening muscles while minimizing joint trauma that contributes to osteoarthritis ("wear & tear... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depend on skin color: Without knowing your complexion or skin tone, this would be tricky to answer. Fortunately, most makeup counters in malls have makeup artists who can ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: White scar-like lesions around the genitals & anus could represent any number of skin conditions... Molluscum contagiosum, condyloma latum (syphilis),... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin at work: Solvents like water (especially hot) & soap make dry skin worse. While moisturizers help combat this, minimizing skin exposure to solvents & applying ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: It is possible that you have a cyst, acne scarring, abscess, or another type of skin problem. If the bump grows, does not show signs of resolving, bl... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Foot fungus: Topical antifungals (otc or rx) work well. Apply product to entire foot & between toes 2x/day & continue treatment 2 weeks beyond visible clearance o... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: Oils can clog pores and are a favorite food for the acne-related bacteria called p. Acnes.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
No: Acne results from oil overproduction (often due to hormones), clogged pores, p acnes bacteria, & resultant inflammation from your immune system recogn... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Atopy (see below): Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases. "atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you al... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Avoidance: When applying acne cream, avoid applying near/around the eyes, and applying sparingly. Most acne creams only require a pea-sized amount of product for... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Causes of "baldness": Alopecia is commonly known as hair loss, hair thinning, & balding. While genetic causes (like male pattern balding) are common, other causes exist: h... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Oily skin: Clogged pores contribute to whiteheads & blackheads. Over-the-counter products containing salicyclic acid can help unclog pores but can be irritating ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Yes: Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases. "atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you al... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Atopy (see below): Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases. "atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you al... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Probably not: Several rashes can resemble acne (rosacea, contact allergic dermatitis, infections, eczema, etc). Acne & rosacea typically do not itch. You might have... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Different location: Jock itch (groin), athlete's foot, and ringworm (body) are all superficial fungal infections of the skin that differ mostly by location. While there e... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: Eczema or dermatitis are terms for irritated skin. There are multiple reasons someone can get rashes on their hands. The most common cause is from irr... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
"Non-comedogenic": Look for the term "non-comedogenic" -- meaning that the product lacks ingredients known to worsen acne in most people. Key word being "most" people, a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: Depends on what your skin care needs are... Do you have problems with acne? Dry skin? In general, products that are fragrance-free and lack unnecessar... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
See below: Skin ulcers are often staged based on depth (stage 4 = deepest)... Stage 1: reddened skin that does not blanch (doesn't turn white when pressed). Stag... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 17 years experience
Any: Any product applied to acne-prone skin can cause acne... But "non-comedogenic" products are less likely because they lack ingredients known to clog po... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Brown is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Brown is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Sep 20, 2014
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION

Residency

TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER

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