Dr. Ally-Khan Somani

Dermatology
Indianapolis, IN
21 years experience male

Locations

Office

Indianapolis, IN

Address

Department of Dermatology, Indiana university Hospital, 550 North. University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Ally-Khan Somani , BSc, MD, PhD, FAAD is a board certified dermatologist and physician-surgeon/scientist. He is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and the Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology in the Department of Dermatology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His clinical practice is focused on treating skin cancers using Mohs micrographic surgery followed by reconstructive surgery. He also performs cosmetic procedures including laser surgery. His research is focused on skin cancers, wound healing and aging. He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several scientific and dermatology journals including Dermatologic Surgery, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the Archives of Dermatology, and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Dermatology

Doctor Q&A

336 Answers
414 Agrees
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Lichen nitidus: Very difficult to say without seeing. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. There is a rare skin condition characterized by tiny, skin-colored, ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Need more info: There are many types of lesions and rashes that can occur on the penis. Very difficult to say what they are without a better description or seeing the... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Urticaria : Nettle rash (also known as urticaria) is composed of reddish itchy weals or swellings in the skin similar to those resulting from contact with stingin... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
See a dermatologist: Decrease stress. Eat a healthy balance diet which includes protein. Have thyroid levels and iron stores checked. See a dermatologist for evaluation an... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes. Avoid Friction: What you describe is a frictional blister. Best way to heal this is to avoid direct friction or rubbing of the area. Protecting the area with a band-A... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Seb derm: Seborrheic dermatitis (seb derm) is a chronic intermittent rash typically affecting the face, ears, scalp, & trunk. This condition is believed to ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
See a dermatologist: Decrease stress. Eat a healthy balance diet which includes protein. Have thyroid levels and iron stores checked. See a dermatologist for evaluation an... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
No!: Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is a type of skin cancer involving the basal layer of the upper layer of skin. It is the most common type of skin cancer. I... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
From another person!: As humans we are the host for 3 different kinds of lice: head lice, body lice, and pubic lice. Lice are wingless, bloodsucking insects. They are diff... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Stasis Dermatitis: When there is excessive swelling/edema in the lower legs from venous insufficiency (especially over time) the overlying skin becomes deprived of oxyge... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Have it checked!: If you are worried have it checked. See a board certified dermatologist and get it looked at. Most moles evolve (in color and size) and this can occ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Depends: Cracked skin on fingertips and heels that form fissures can be sealed with super glue. Also cracked nails. There is a product called dermabond designe... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Photosensitivity: When drugs advise against being in direct sunlight they are warning against developing a photosensitive reaction. There are two types - phototoxic & ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Have it checked!: A board certified dermatologist will be able to best assess your rash and provide appropriate treatment.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
It depends: What you describe is a black toenail or subungal hematoma. This can be extremely painful and there can be pressure under the nail from continued bleed... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Normal process: You have at least a 2nd degree burn. This also leads to damage of superficial vessels in the 2nd layer of skin resulting in fluid (plasma) leaking out... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Normal exudate: It is the normal exudate or drainage that occurs in healing wounds. The fluid is called serous fluid (resembles serum) and is a clear watery drainage ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Very difficult: The redness is usually due to underlying inflammation and increased blood flow to the areas. It takes 16-18 months for this to improve on its own. A... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Petechiae: What you describe sounds like petechiae which is the red pinpoint spots (1-2 mm) that results from intradermal hemorrage (bleeding under the skin) fro... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Sun exposure plus ..: Although everyone is at some risk for melanoma, several factors such as: sun exposure, number of moles on the skin, your skin type and family history ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Genetic Condition : Basal cell nevus syndrome (bccns) also known as gorlin syndrome is a condition characterized by multiple basal cell carcinomas (bcc), jaw cysts, other... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Not directly: Basal cell carcinoma ;#40;bcc;#41; is the most common type of sun induced skin cancer. Melanoma is a distinct type of skin cancer, but both are relate... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
There are many.: The most common types include: basal cell carcinoma (bcc), squamous cell carcinoma (scc) and melanoma.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
They can change!: Melanoma is a skin cancer that involves the cells which produce pigment. Moles on our skin also contain the same cells so when they change and appear ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Stinging/itching: Permethrin (nix, elimite, (permethrin) acticin) is associated with mild and short lasting burning and stinging sensation as well as itching.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes: Melanoma occurs when melanocytes (the pigment producing cells) found in the body become damaged and start to divide out of control becoming cancer. M... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes & No: All cancers occur because of damage to the dna causing mutations in important cellular genes. Genes that regulate the growth of the cells. Environment... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Surgically: When a mole is clinically suspicious of being worrisome for melanoma it is biopsied. The biopsy will usually provide a precise diagnosis and will hel... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
No need to do this!: Steroids come in different classes ranging from super to low potency and within each class there are different percentages. So a super potent steroid... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Let it heal!: I would recommend a thin layer of white petrolatum (vaseline) for another week until skin has healed over the areas where the sutures were removed. T... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Have it checked: Lumps & bumps in the armpit (axilla) can be from many different things (cysts, lipomas, folliculitis, enlarged lymph nodes). Having an associated itch... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Chopsavers lip balm: Chopsaver lip balm was invented by a professional trumpet player to address the lip care needs of brass and woodwind players. Works great for chapped,... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
See a Dermatologist: What you describe is a vesicle and together with the itch may indicate that you may have an allergic reaction to one of the colors in your tattoo. It ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Nothing unless....: A skin tag medically known as an acrochordon is a benign skin lesion that occurs usually around the neck, armpits, groin, eyelids or any skin with cre... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes: Smoking speeds up the normal aging process leading to wrinkles. This occurs as early as 5-10 years after starting smoking & the effects are magnified ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Could be shingles: Agree with having it checked. It may be even be the early signs of shingles (herpes zoster). If it is shingles the overlying skin will develop small... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Can be controlled: What you have is a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis a common, harmless, scaling rash affecting the face, scalp and other areas. It occurs most... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Anagen effluvium: Hair loss usually begins 7-14 days after a single pulse of chemo. The hair loss is most obvious after 1-2 months. The reason why this occurs is the c... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Antifungals: The cause is secondary to overgrowth of microorganisms at the corners of the mouth (usually the yeast candida albicans). The treatment is to treat the... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Worrisome see a doc: What you describe is worrisome for dermatomyositis. However, without being clinically evaluated it is difficult to diagnose. I recommend you see a boa... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is the term used to describe hair loss from repeated and compulsive urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks or falls out. Th... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes in time: The entire growth cycle duration for the eyelashes is 4 months.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
A few clues: There a different types of skin cancers some are easy to diagnose by their clinical appearance, others require a trained eye (dermatologist). Regardle... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Need to see: See your doctor or better yet a dermatologist. Many skin lesions can be white and be normal. A dermatologist can check your skin and help diagnose a... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Latisse (bimatoprost): Latisse (bimatoprost) is prescribed drug used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for hav... Read More
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Have it checked!: If your wife had (from birth/or very young age) a mole in the exact area and then the mole changed after puberty becoming more raised and brain like t... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Aquagenic Pruritus: Your wife's itch could be due to a condition known as aquagenic pruritus. Also there are some diseases in which bathing itch may be the presenting sym... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Likely a cyst : It is possible that you have a small sebaceous cyst. These usually are asymptomatic unless they become infected or become really large. Also bartholin... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Finger or toe?: Nails take time to grow out. Toenails grow out slower than fingernails. Average toenail growth rate is about 1.5 mm/month compared to fingernail growt... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 21 years experience
Time & less is more: Avoid all cosmetics, and know allergens. See a dermatologist to find out what you are allergic to and what to avoid in personal products that come int... Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks I never knew that my sister told me certain types of skin cancer was contagious through physical contact sexual or non sexual but I was always
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This week my son had pink eye and after to drops of oflaxin and ten minutes....hives! This one seemed to be a direct result of the antibiotic drops. Would love your thoughts

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, ON
Graduated 2002MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, ON
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Awards

Listed in "America's Top Dermatologists" by the Consumers Research Council of America (CRCA) (2009)
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in America (2012-present).
Richard B. Stoughton Memorial Fellowship (2006)

Affiliations

Indiana University Health Physicians
Indiana University Health Dermatology
Indiana University Health
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