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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani

Dermatology
Indianapolis, IN
20 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

Wednesday: 1:00pm - 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.

Specialties
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Dermatology

Doctor Q&A

336 Answers
414 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Need to be seen!: Best thing to do is to have it checked by a dermatologist. If the small bumps are dome shaped with a central dimple, it could be molluscum contagiosu... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Different cancers: Basal cell carcinomas are slow growing, they rarely spread or metastasize . However if left untreated can cause a lot of tissue damage over time. In c... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Biopsy : Despite the fact that for the trained eye a nodular basal cell carcinoma is easy to identify clinically, all suspicious lesions need to be biopsied an... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Absolutely not!: Dermovate is a medicine which is used in inflammatory skin conditions. It contains Clobetasol Propionate which is a highly potent steroid. It should ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Not likely.: However, a linear distribution usually indicates a possible allergic or irritant contact dermatitis to something that came into contact with the skin ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Folliculitis: Sounds like folliculitis. Which is an infection in the hair follicles. Mild folliculitis usually heals on its own in about 2 weeks. Avoid picking and... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
How can we help you?: All board certified dermatologist have had varying exposure to different subsets and severities of neurofibromatosis (nf). They can help make the diag... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Liver enzyme issue: Gilbert syndrome is typically a harmless mild genetic condition in which the liver doesn't properly process a substance called bilirubin. Often discov... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Education: Pearly penile papules (ppp) are considered a normal variant. They are not contracted or spread through sexual activity. Ppp are seen more frequently i... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Not Messed Up!: The cause of pearly penile papules (ppp) remains unknown. It is reported to occur in 8-48% of men. It is not related to having a circumcision. In fact... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Stress: Unfortunately shingles is caused by a virus (herpes zoster) which we get from chicken pox and it stays with us. The virus is dormant in sensory nerves... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Laser Surgery: Any ablative surgery (like co2) can be used to remove the lesions with minimal to no scarring if done correctly.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Not normal!: Self-injury (cutting or burning) is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, anger and frustration. It is usually done on impulse and may accompa... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
See a dermatologist: There is a skin condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa that most commonly affects areas bearing sweat & sebaceous glands, such as the underarms, ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Bartholin glands: Bartholin's cyst can occur near the entrance of the vagina. Cysts usually occur from blocked ducts causing secretions to build up. Best thing to do is... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Ganglion cyst?: Difficult to say what it could be without seeing, but it could be a ganglion cyst. Thisis a tumor or swelling on top of a joint or the covering of a t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Yes: Hair transplantation is a medical procedure where intact hair follicules are harvested from hair bearing areas on the scalp (donor site) and then the ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Involuntary smoking: You take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do but are exposed to higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body. This ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Avoid the smoke!: The only way is to hold your breath which is obviously not possible. So do not let anyone smoke around you or in your house.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Type not clear: Undifferentiated connective-tissue disease (uctd) is a diagnosis applied to signs and symptoms that are consistent with a connective-tissue disease (c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Reaction to allergen: Patch testing is designed to help identify a potential allergic skin reaction to common suspected allergens. The allergens are applied to the back and... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Yes but...: Nail laceration like any wound will heal. Surgical repair is preferred if the wound is deep. The nail matrix is found under the skin just in front of ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Depends on the spot: Fading dark spots on dark skin is difficult and dependent on what caused the dark spot in the 1st place., how long it has been there, and where in th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
No : However patients with history of asthma, hay fever/seasonal allergies can also have atopic dermatitis also known as eczema. Eczema is a skin disorder ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Not directly: Calciphylaxis can occur in the setting of kidney problems (renal failure), abnormal calcium-phosphate regulation, and hyperparathyroidism, but the act... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Vascular disorders: Vascular problems can be classified into either traumatic, compressive, occlusive, tumors/malformations and vasospastic (spasm of the artery, which re... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Benign condition: A nabothian cyst is a benign mucous filled bump on the surface of the cervix routinely discovered during a routine pelvic exam. It is caused by build ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Start CPR/follow 911: It is important that you remain calm and get help. Usually once the emergency medical services have been activated stay on the line with the 911 opera... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Risks include:: 1) 100% risk of scar; 2) risk of tumor recurrence; 3) risk of bleeding/hematoma formation; 4) risk of infection; 5) risk of dehiscence (wound opens up... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Both are NMSCs: Both are types of non-melanoma skin cancers (nmsc). Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) are the most common types of skin cancers. Bcc occur on sun exposed are... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Yes!: Human papillomavirus (hpv) is a virus from the papillomavirus family that is capable of infecting humans. More than 100 hpv types are known. Flat wart... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
There is change!: Many people have moles. There are also individuals who have many funny looking moles. If you have a family history of melanoma, history of severe sun... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Trauma: What you are describing is a fibro-epithelial polyp. These are thought to be caused by minor trauma from cheek or lip biting. People of varying ages ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Don't take a chance!: If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment. This usually is complete ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Traumatic fibroma: Repeated trauma to the buccal mucosa can result in a reactive change that results in a soft dome shaped tissue mass the same color as the surrounding ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
No: Keratosis pilaris (kp) is an extremely common skin disorder. It usually runs in families and can be associated with eczema. It usually does not requir... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
No: No. However repeated use of Botox to the same muscle will lead to atrophy of the muscle (muscle becomes thin from disuse). Generally this is not a co... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Yes: If you want to look young and minimize the signs of aging it is important to minimize your exposure to sunlight (uva & uvb), eat healthy and exercise,... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Laser: A hypertrophic scar can also be treated with a non-ablative laser. I use the 1064 nm micro pulsed ndyag laser. The laser is non-ablative. It works by ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Yes, not uncommon: What you describe is a melanocytic nevus. A nevus is another name for a mole and they can also occur in the eye. In fact they can occur anywhere where... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Time: The black and blue bruise under the nail has to grow out. Give it time.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
If the sign is there: The skin, nails and hair can exhibit many changes and provide signs and clues to other more systemic health problems. Board certified dermatologist ar... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
See a MOHs Surgeon: If the skin lesion is biopsied as a skin cancer i would recommend seeing a fellowship trained mohs micrographic surgeon (www.Mohscollege.Org). This wi... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Have it checked: What you describe is a condition known as onychocryptosis or ingrown toenail. The symptoms can vary from very mild to severe depending on how long it ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Onycholysis: What you describe is a condition known as onycholysis- which is the separation of the nail plate from the nail bed. This can occur secondary to variou... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Low dose short time: Unless medically prescribed and directed by a dermatologist i would refrain from using it on the face. Short courses are okay, but long term use with ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Yes: The pro-inflammatory nature of psoriasis has been associated with risk for cardiovascular disease. In fact patients with psoriasis are more likely to... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Fellowship training: The acms fellowship (www.Skincancermohssurgery.Org) established by dr. F. Mohs is acknowledged as the benchmark in mohs surgery training. Through an e... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Hyperhidrosis: Is the medical term applied to the condition of excessive sweating. See a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. The condition can be improved ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 20 years experience
Highest cure rate!: Mohs micrographic surgery is the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer today. It offers skin sparing surgery with the highest potentia... 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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