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Dr. Norman Levine

Dermatology
Phoenix, AZ
52 years experience

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Dermatology

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United States: Arizona

Languages spoken

English

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A female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Cyst of the neck: This may be an inflamed cyst. This is a bag filled with material. When the bag ruptures, the area becomes inflamed and red.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Accutane dosing: A reduced initial dose of Accutane may reduce the flare that sometimes occurs with Accutane. However, you need a certain total dose of the drug per c... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Accutane: Accutane therapy consists of a full 5-month course of therapy. By missing 5 pills you are simply going to have to take the medication for 5 days long... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Acne: OrthoTriCyclen and Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) are 2 brands that are indicated in acne. Bellara is not particularly useful in this regar... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
ProActiv: Proactive is simply an expensive form of benzoyl peroxide and is hardly the miracle drug that is promoted on tv. If it works at all, it might be 2-3 m... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Dry skin: Dry skin occurs not from too little water intake but rather from loss of water through the skin. The best way to minimize this is to apply moisturizi... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Insect bites: I would recommend that you apply ice directly to the bites and leave the ice in place for up to 30 minutes. Bites often are itchy for up to seven days... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Acne: Do not try to manipulate in any way. This type of activity can cause the blackhead to become inflamed, thus a pimple is born.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Acne: See a dermatologist who will probably prescribe a combination of creams and pills.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Cold water: After a sauna session, you want to cleanse your skin of any chemical in the water. This is best done with water. The exact temperature of the water i... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Metronidazole: There is no real difference between any of the Metronidazole topical products. In my practice, i prescribe the generic form of mitronidazole cream a... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Metoclopramide: Yes, Metoclopramide (reglan) may be associated with hirsutism, which is defined as increased hair in women in the areas normally occurring in men (e.... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Pimple: Very large acne lesions should be handled by your dermatologist. He/she may choose to carefully open and drain the lesion or inject cortisone into it... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Topicort in lupus: Topical corticosteroids such as topicort have very little effectiveness in lupus involving the skin. This form of lupus often needs either injections... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Tacrolimus: Tacrolimus is an agent which suppresses the immune system. It is used in pill form to help prevent organ transplant rejection. In ointment form, it ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Morphea: Thee is no cure for either mophea or scleroderma. Treatments are not very good either.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Aphthous ulcers: Try a product called kanka. A generic version is also available at walgreens. It gives almost instant relief of the pain and lasts for up to an hour... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Retinol: There is very little benefit in using retinol.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Rare skin conditions: A google search is the most efficient means to start researching rare skin disorders.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Minoxidil: Continue to apply the drug twice daily. A break in taking the medication may be a problem in terms of continued effectiveness.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Retin-A for rosacea: Although Metronidazole and azaleic acid are the most commonly used products for rosacea, neither agent is particularly effective. If you wish to try ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Tacrolimus: If you are using the topical form of this medication, it is safe to use for 3 months.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Erythema nodosum: This sounds most like erythema nodosum. This is a hypersensitivity reaction to a number of underlying problems, including certain types of infection,... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Lichen simplex: This problem occurs because of excess scratching and rubbing. Topical corticosteroids such as Hydrocortisone 1% can be helpful. A prescription drug, ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Skin cancer: Skin cancer is very unusual in adolescents. One definite cause is the use of tanning beds which can cause skin cancer, even in young people. Excess ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Warts: Apply a little petroleum jelly (vaseline) around the wart before applying the compound w.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Insect bite: Try applying ice directly onto the bite for 10-15 minutes. This will relieve the discomfort and may reduce the inflammation.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Blister: A blister is a fluid filled bump. If this is what you have, it could be a sign of a fairly serious blistering disorder called pemphigus. Other condi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Skin discoloration: You probably have a condition called melasma, which is sometimes associated with pregnancy and birth control pills. Regardless of the cause, there is... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Pemphigus: The blistered skin can be protected from infection by careful attention to hygiene. Applying vaseline and covering the blisters with a bandage may al... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Acne: Magnesium chloride has no effect on acne.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Acne: Proactiv is an expensive way to get benzoyl peroxide and is not all that effective. If you wish to use benzoyl peroxide, buy it as a generic at a fra... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Chapstick: Chapstick is a moisturizer with a heavy consistency, most appropriate for the lips. It has no lasting effect on the quality of the skin. While using... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Acne: No. These hormones are not associated with acne.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
MRSA: It is a good idea to take antibiotics since the treatment may remove the bacteria from your body so you do not get infections in the future.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Mole: The vast majority of moles are not cancerous and never will become cancerous.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Boil: When a boil turns purple, it may signal extreme inflammation in the lesion. You probably should seek medical attention at this stage.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Boils: Boils are infections that arise from hair follicles. There is usually no obvious cause of a boil although some people are more prone to them.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Poison oak: You will often see a line of blisters on a red base. The lesions are very itchy.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Psoriasis therapy: Fish oil will probably have no beneficial effect in psoriasis.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Spider bite: It is incredibly unusual to have a spider bite on the lip, so I am not at all sure that you have the correct diagnosis. Insect and spider bites can b... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Acne: Shaving over mild acne should cause you no problems.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Testosterone: Women can can increased hair growth in normally male areas if they take testosterone. Estrogen has no effect on hair growth.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Stelara (ustekinumab): Stelara (ustekinumab) is a terrific drug for severe psoriasis and often works when Methotrexate and Humira are ineffective. The beauty of this therap... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Psoriasis : Methotrexate is a terrific therapy for severe psoriasis. It works well, is very inexpensive and is relatively safe when its effects are carefully mon... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Cyst: A cyst represents a bag filled with a cheesy material. The only effective way to permanently remove this is to have your doctor surgically excise it.... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Wart: Warts are caused by a virus which can spread from area to area on your skin. Warts can also pass to other family members, but this is less common.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Vitamin A: Vitamin a and retinol are essentially the same thing, although retinol is a form of vitamin a.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Hair loss: If you have the common type of hair loss that most men and many women have, there is nothing you can do to prevent this, since it is genetically progr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 52 years experience
Aphthous ulcer: There is no cure for aphthous ulcers (canker sores, but a product called kanka can give some relief from the discomfort.

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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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