Dr. Norman Levine

Dermatology
Phoenix, AZ
53 years experience

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Dermatology

Licenses

United States: Arizona

Languages spoken

English

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Paronychia: As a paronychia resolves there is less tenderness, redness and swelling.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Seb. dermatitis: Seborrheic dermatitis is a form of eczema. The description is good for your rash being seborrheic dermatitis.
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A member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Herpetic whitlow: Herpetic whitlow is almost always painful and is always red, at least at its onset. Thee are usually blisters (vesicles) within a few days of the ons... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Cyst: The knot at the base of your neck could be a cyst which has become inflamed. See your doctor for advice as to whether this cyst needs to be removed s... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Purpurin: You might have benign pigmented purpura which is a harmless problem where the small capillaries leak a little blood. No therapy is needed for this ha... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Benzoyl peroxide: Oxy contains benzoyl peroxide which is a helpful product for the treatment of acne. There is no important difference between various oxy products as ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Vitiligo: If you whitish patches are a sign of vitiligo, Hydrocortisone will not work. There are other causes of white spots on the face. Consult a dermatolog... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: High levels of testosterone could be casued by an abnormality in your pituitary gland, your ovaries or your adrenal glands. A workup would be worth d... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Hidradenitis suppura: This is a very difficult chronic condition. The most effective way to treat this problem is surgical excision of the areas involved, particularly earl... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Cortisol: An 8 am cortisol level measures the function of the adrenal gland. It is done at 8 am because the levels are usually higher.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: Cefadroxil is of no use in acne and should not be used for this purpose.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne : Acne usually resolves by the early 20's in men but may last well into the 30's in women.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Psoriasis: While Humira is an excellent therapy for severe psoriasis, there are times when it stops working. Another option for you may be stelara (ustekinumab)... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Cyanosis in nail bed: Yes, cyanosis can occur in the late stages of life and represents a lack of oxygen getting into the blood.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Tumeric powder: There is no value in applying tumeric powder on acne lesions.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Hydrocortisone: There is no meaningful difference. The active agent in both preparations is hydrocortisone.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Phimosis: Topical steroids are probably harmless in the treatment of phimosis but these agents have very little usefulness in this condition.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Anti-DNA antibody: People with lupus develop abnormal substances in their blood called antibodies. These antibodies attack various organs of the body and cause the sign... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Retinol: There is little reason to use retinol cream for any skin problem since it has very little effect.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Eczema: There is no miracle cure for what i think you mean as stasis dermatitis. Topical coticosteroids can give substantial relief. Other helpful preventiv... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Vitiligo: So-called "alternative cures" are of no value in the treatment of vitiligo.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Tinea versicolr: It is never ok to get a tan since this represents skin injury which may someday come back to haunt you. There is nothing special with tinea versicolo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Nail fungus therapy: Naftin (naftifine) is not effective therapy against nail fungus. In fact, no topical creams or lotions have any beneficial effect against this infect... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Methotrexate: The side effects of Methotrexate include liver dysfunction, increased risk of infection, blood count abnormalities, fatigue on the day of treatment an... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Armpit rash: If this is something simple like seborrhea, Hydrocortisone 1% cream should work well.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Rash: Triamcinolone is a mid-potency topical steroid which cannot cause numbness or tingling of the hands even if it is applied directly to the hands.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: It is not true that one gets bacterial meningitis from popping pimples. It is still not a good idea to do this because the spots are far more likely ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Hair restoration: If by this you mean hair transplantation, if done properly, it can improve the appearance of the scalp.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Actinic keratosis: Actinic keratoses represent isolated areas of cellular atypia where the individual cells no longer are under the same degree of control of proliferati... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Human Growth Hormone: Human growth hormone should have no effect on whether you contract skin cancer.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Skin cancer: Prograf suppresses the immune system and does make one more prone to skin cancer. Since the vast majority of skin cancers remain localized, one need ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Skin splitting: Blocked arteries do not cause the skin to split. This usually occurs when one has eczema, which is not a problem of the circulation. If an artery su... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Poison ivy: It often takes 2-3 weeks for the rash to go away. Often there is some residual pigmentation in the skin which may remain for months.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Niltan: Niltan contains no ingredient which would have any positive effect on acne scars.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Ingrown hair: No. An ingrown hair occurs when the end of the hair penetrates back into the skin causing a painful bump in the skin.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Poison ivy: The rash of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are identical.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Hair transplantation: It is quite expensive and almost never covered by medical insurance. It could cost you several thousand dollars.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Mixed CT disease: Mixed connective tissue disease (mctd) is often relatively mild but can be associated with potentially serious internal complications involving the h... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Lupus: There should be no problem having laser hair removal if you have discoid lupus.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: Blackheads are best treated with a prescription, tretinoin (retin-a). These do not represent dirt, so all of the cleansing and scrubbing in the world... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: I would start with a benzoyl peroxide wash, available without a prescription.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Boil: As a boil heals, the area becomes softer, less tender, drains less and becomes less red.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Mole: Most moles with a diameter less than a pencil eraser are harmless. However if there is any concern on your part you should consult with a dermatologi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Keloid: There is no really good therapy for a keloid and certainly no treatment which makes them disappear. A common treatment is the use of injections of cor... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: Tetracycline is fairly effective in acne. However, the drug is in short supply so alternatives such as Doxycycline are usually substituted.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: There are no cures for acne. Treatments can improve the condition but will not make it go away for good.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Melanoma: Melanoma is a potentially serious form of skin cancer. A regular mole is not a skin cancer and rarely regresses into a skin cancer.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Acne: Use a benzoyl peroxide 5-10 percent wash.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is of no value for any skin problem except for relief of minor burns.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 53 years experience
Questran (cholestyramine): Some antibiotics are not well absorbed if taken at the same time as questran (cholestyramine). Try taking the antibiotic at a different time of day t... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Levine is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Levine is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you so much, now i know that i have a good and or bad side to my problem, i either have RMSF (bad), or what you concluded (good)!!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This isn't my first time having a boil on my vaginal area. I never knew what a boil is and how it can appear. You answered all my questions Thank You
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks! My dermatologist has told me to take only one pill (rather than 2) for the first 2 weeks of treatment.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 1970MD

Awards

Top Dermatologist, Second Place, National - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, Third Place, Arizona - Spring
2015
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