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Dr. Cheryl Levin

Dermatology
Boston, MA
17 years experience female

Locations

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Boston, MA

Address

133 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Blue cross blue shield

United healthcare

Altius Health Plan

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts

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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 female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Folliculitis?: This may be related to an infection of the hair follicles, in which case topical or oral antibiotics are useful.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Don't: Don't cut the cuticles - they serve an important purpose in protecting your nail.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Various: This sounds like an inflammatory acne. The combination of topical and oral anti-inflammatory medications would probably be ideal.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Nails: Nails and hair are made of the same basic protein, called keratin.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Seek other tx: There may be other treatments for your condition, including non-steroid alternatives.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Do: Do not pick at your psoriasis - it will make it worse.
A female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Halo nevus?: This may be something called a halo nevus, which is a mole that is surrounded by an area of no pigmentation. It may be harmless, or can sometimes be a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
? molluscum: There are many possibilities, but one that fits your description might be molluscum contagiosum. This is a viral infection of the skin. You should see... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Sun sensitivity: The contraceptive ethinyl estradiol/norgestrel (low-ogestrel®, lo/ovral®, ovral®) has been reported to cause sun sensitivity. Be sure to apply a broad... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Cryoglobulin: Cryoglobulins are antibodies that separate at low temperatures. In some conditions certain types of abnormal antibodies are produced that basically cl... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Cryoglobulin: Cryoglobulins are antibodies that separate at low temperatures. In some conditions certain types of abnormal antibodies are produced that basically cl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Moisturizer: There are various good moisturizers out there. Most important is an oil-free moisturizer that says "non-comedogenic" or non-acne producing.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Not for certain: 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
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Baldness: Baldness does not necessarily come from your mother's side of the family.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Epidermal cyst?: This could be an epidermal cyst, which is an encapsulated collection of dead skin. Draining it often doesn't get rid of it. Usually, it needs to be su... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Nummular dermatitis?: It is hard to say without taking a look. This may be a form of eczema, called nummular dermatitis, which usually presents as round, scaly patches. How... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Sometimes,: Sometimes, eczema can be associated with your work or environment.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Maybe: Stretch marks are very hard to fade. If they are in the early phase and still red, sometimes a prescription called tretinoin is helpful.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Maybe: This may be hand-foot-mouth disease, which is a viral infection . However, it is hard to say without a proper evaluation, i would definitely have her ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Picture?: Difficult to say without a photo. I would see a physician for evaluation. May be related to a fungal infection, among other things.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Probably: I would mention this to the prescribing physician, who should hopefully suggest an alternative for you.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Various: There are many causes of bumps on the scalp, including infection, acne, and bumps that come from significant scratching of the scalp. If Minocycline i... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Bathing: Bathing followed by moisturization actually helps folks with eczema.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Various: There are several treatments for vitiligo. These include topical creams, light based therapy, and laser treatment. However, it is important to note th... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Various: You can try a silicone gel based treatment and keep it covered and away from the sun.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Possible: Lichen simplex chronicus describes thickening of the skin secondary to scratching. In and of itself it is not contagious. However, if one is scratchin... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Yes: Scabies mites can survive outside the human body for between 24 and 36 hours. You can become infected by coming into contact with contaminated clothe... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
No!!: It is harmful during pregnancy. The fda categorizes Accutane as a pregnancy category x, meaning that serious problems could occur if this medication i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Treatments: If this is truly a spider bite, home remedies include elevating the area above the level of the heart, applying ice and taking tylenol (acetaminophen)... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: I agree with dr westfried. Also, everyone responds differently to bites. It is possible that other family members were exposed but their reaction is n... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: Dry skin and redness is most often caused by lifestyle behaviors, such as frequent hand washing or exposure to harsh chemicals without proper moisturi... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 17 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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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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