Dr. Cheryl Levin

Dermatology
Boston, MA
18 years experience female

Locations

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Boston, MA

Address

133 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Blue cross blue shield

United healthcare

Altius Health Plan

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts

Harvard Pilgim Health Care

MassHealth

Medicare

Medicaid

TUFTS Health Plan

About

Bio

Dr Cheryl Levin grew up in Minneapolis, MN and Cincinnati, OH. She is a graduate of Stanford University's School of Medicine. While at Stanford, she was the recipient of two Medical Student Scholar Awards, which allowed her to pursue medical research in the field of Dermatology. She also served on Stanford's Medical School Admission Committee. She went back to Minnesota for her Dermatology residency training at the University of Minnesota. While in residency, she was the elected representative of the Graduate Medical Education Committee as well as the Elected Chief of Dermatopathology. Dr Levin is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters within the field of Dermatology. She was recently appointed to the Education Committee and Editorial and Publications Committee of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, helping to further our knowledge of skin reactions to chemical sensitivities. Dr Levin is board certified in Dermatology and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Specialties
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Dermatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

85 Answers
18 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Depends on Severity: A first degree burn (without blistering) can be treated with cool compresses, aloe vera, vitamin c, e, and sometimes steroid creams. Second degree bur... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Side effect: Liopodissolve treatment solution uses phosphatidylcholine to dissolve fat deposits. The solution also contains other ingredients that may lead to the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Hard bumps: There are a variety of causes of hard bumps under the skin, including cysts, acne, harmless or potentially harmful tumors. Please see your healthcare ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various causes: There are several causes for redness on the back of your hands. These include a sun sensitivity due to an internal medication or topical creams, lime ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various: The most common side effect of benzoyl peroxide is dryness. The dryness is usually mild, and may be countered with application of an oil-free moistur... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Seek a Dermatologist: A dermatologist can evaluate your hair loss, determine possible causes, and try to initiate new hair growth by prescribing a combination of topical an... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Erythema ab igne?: There is a condition called erythema ab igne, which causes a rash secondary to intense heat. Common causes include a hot water bottle, heating pad or ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Not necessarily: Moles sometimes do come back after they have been removed, and this, in and of itself, is not necessarily of concern. However, i would certainly go to... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Folliculitis?: This may be related to an infection of the hair follicles, in which case topical or oral antibiotics are useful.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Do: Do not pick at your psoriasis - it will make it worse.
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A female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Intertrigo?: One common cause of redness and peeling is a condition called intertrigo, which is an inflammation of the body folds, in warm, moist areas. The main t... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Nails: Nails and hair are made of the same basic protein, called keratin.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Melasma?: There are various causes, the most common of which is melanoma, caused by excessive production of the pigment producing cells of the skin (melanocytes... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various: This sounds like an inflammatory acne. The combination of topical and oral anti-inflammatory medications would probably be ideal.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various: It may be ringworm that is just not sensitive to the Griseofulvin treatment, or it may be a thick dandruff of the skin, psoriasis, or other condition... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of an armpit rash. These include a fungal infection, an allergic reaction and an infection of the hair follicle.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Seek other tx: There may be other treatments for your condition, including non-steroid alternatives.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Maybe PCOS?: If you don't have regular menstrual periods and you have severe acne, you may have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is a condition... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Yes: Pedispin can work for calluses however, importantly you should evaluate your footwear for maximum improvement. There are also some other prescription ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Sometimes: There are some treatments, which vary depending upon the underlying cause of twenty nail dystrophy (as it can be associated with skin conditions, such... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Don't: Don't cut the cuticles - they serve an important purpose in protecting your nail.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
No: The dandruff itself can cause hair loss if not treated. Minoxidil is one of the only treatments that has been proven to increase hair growth in female... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
No: I find that scalp folliculitis is treated best with a topical prescription antibiotic such as Clindamycin solution. Sometimes, an oral antibiotic is n... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Vast Majority: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer, but it accounts for less than 0.1% of patient deaths due to cancer. However, you want to treat it... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Depends: There are several possibilities, including cysts or severe eczema, among others. You should see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatme... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Sometimes: Eczema is probably the most common cause of skin peeling. Other conditions, such as psoriasis, contact dermatitis (sensitivity to chemicals on skin), ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Depends: There are many reasons that your hair may not be growing well. Products that you are currently or have used on your hair are certainly one possibility... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
2.5 hours: There are multiple protocols for photodynamic therapy. Depending upon the indication and the site of application, it can take anywhere from one to two... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Don't do it!: Nail biting can cause disruption of the cuticle, and lead to bacterial, yeast and other infections. It may also cause gingival damage.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various: Red palms are seen in two-thirds of pregnancies during the first trimester and resolves postpartum. Palmar erythema is also seen in other conditions s... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various Treatments: There have been many new developments in the understanding of and treatments for psoriasis in the past decade. These include some creams as well as s... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Seek care!: It sounds as though you may have inflammatory bowel disease (such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis). You should speak with your primary care physician... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Different: Common over the counter treatments for insect bites include ice application, washing the area thoroughly (and trying to avoid scratching) to prevent i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various: Red palms are seen in two-thirds of pregnancies during the first trimester and resolves postpartum. Palmar erythema is also seen in other conditions s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Varioius causes: Palmar erythema is seen in two-thirds of pregnancies during the first trimester and resolves postpartum. It is also seen in conditions such as lupus e... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Hard bump: This may be as harmless as a blocked hair follicle, but may be a more serious infection, harmless or harmful tumor. Please get it checked by a healthc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Melasma?: I assume you mean 28 weeks pregnant? This may be due to melanoma, which is sometimes known as the "mask of pregnancy". It is important to apply broad ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Yes: Benzoyl peroxide is a wonderful treatment for mild acne. It works by killing p. Acnes, the bacteria involved in the formation of acne. It needs to be... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Tnf blocker: Tumor necrosis factor (tnf) promotes the inflammatory response and is increased in autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spond... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Many reasons: Skin color changes can occur for a variety of reasons. A person may look yellow because of liver problems, bruised because of blood disorders, or red ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Adults: Adults can get acne in their 30's and 40's even if they never had acne as teenagers.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Yes - they can: Swiss kris's laxatives are an herbal remedy that, in addition to dried senna leaves (a known laxative), also contain many other ingredients, such as p... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Benzoyl: Benzoyl peroxide is a great and inexpensive treatment for mild acne.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
No: And epidermal cyst is a cyst filled with keratin a protein of the skin. In and of itself it does not cause infertility.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Depends: I would discuss with your prescriber. But, i typically would recommend neostrata with Clindamycin in the morning and differin (adapalene) gel in the e... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Not necessarily: There are many different skin conditions that may occur in that area, including psoriasis, allergic reactions, eczema, and some infections, among othe... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Bathe and moisturize: For the itchy skin, i would soak in warm water, pat dry, and then moisturize, preferably with an ointment or cream, rather than a lotion. If you conti... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Nails: Nails grow at a rate of about 0.1mm per day.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Sounds appropriate: Typically, triamcinolone cream is safe to use on all parts of the body, other than the face, under the arms and the genital region. You may use it up ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Various: My treatment of eczema is three-fold. 1. Moisturization is most important with a thick ointment or cream-based moisturizer. 2. Prescription medication... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
HealthTap member
May 25, 2013
hi.. i have a pain in my right hand index finger nail.. when ever i hit or my kids catches that finger it pains soo badly like anything from inside that nails..why is it like that?
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Levin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Levin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Is there any surgeries to look into? Any over the counter items that can maybe bleach the color back?
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I didn't know that! I thought it would be good for it. I thought wrong. Thank you!!!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I really appreciate your response

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

University of Minnesota MEDICAL CENTER, FAIRVIEW

Awards

Top Dermatologist , Second Place, Massachusetts - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Harvard Medical School
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
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