Dr. Joseph Eastern

Dermatology
Belleville , NJ
46 years experience male

Locations

The Belleville Dermatology Center, PA

Belleville , NJ

Address

36 Newark Avenue, Suite 214, Belleville , NJ
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

9734509395

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Healthnet

Humana

United healthcare

About

Bio

Dr. Joseph Eastern is Clinical Professor at Seton Hall University and former Clinical Asst. Professor at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. He has practiced dermatology in Belleville, NJ for 33 years. He completed his MD at UC San Francisco School of Medicine, internship at Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, and a residency in Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where he was Chief Resident in his final year and was certified by the American Board of Dermatology the following year. Dr. Eastern originated the Office Efficiency course at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, and directed it for many years. He writes monthly columns for Cutis magazine and Skin & Allergy News, and is a 2-time president of the Dermatological Society of NJ.

Specialties
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Dermatology

Licenses

United States: California, New Jersey

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Allergy vs Infection: Poison ivy is an allergy to the urushiol oil in the plant. Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin. Sometimes they occur together - that is, poi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
None...: ...Except in commercials. Moisturizers do only one thing: they moisturize. And some of them aren't even very good at that. Take care of yourself, eat ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
The exact cause...: ...Is unknown; but stress, skin injury, and certain medications (lithium, quinidine, and a few others) are known to trigger it into activity. Although... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
See a doctor: In scalp ringworm the fungus is growing inside the hair follicles, so topical medications are usually ineffective. An oral prescription medication is... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Depends: See http://wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/destinations/list.Htm, for recommendations on drugs and immunizations for each of the countries you plan to visit. For... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Androgens: Many women - especially those with naturally oily or acne-prone skin - develop oilier skin during and/or after pregnancy because of all the hormone ch... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Wrong word: "normal" isn't really the proper descriptor - serious infections are never normal. Mrsa is, however, a *common* problem in nursing homes -- unfortunat... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Keep cool & dry: Jock itch is caused by various skin-dwelling fungus species that love warm, damp areas (like the groin). The secret to getting rid of it and keeping i... Read More
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Not really.: Eyelids usually heal pretty quickly - although you didn't specify the type of surgery you had or how extensive it was. Call your surgeon and relay you... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
It could...: ...But it could be other things, such as a small pool of blood called a "venous lake." remember that not all tumors are dangerous; most are not, actua... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Why?: Why do you want to "pass" as anything? Embrace the skin that you have. Be proud of it.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Most people...: ...Notice superficial redness and peeling almost immediately - often after the very first application. Deeper effects, such as stimulation of new coll... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Depends...: ...On what's causing it. (it's probably not athlete's foot, if that's what you were thinking.) you could be allergic to some component of your shoes o... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Blisters: You can expect blisters to form at the site of each wart. When the blister peels off, the wart should peel off with it.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Sure.: There are two kinds of kaposi's sarcoma - the kind associated with hiv, and the kind that is not. Hiv-associated kaposi's usually responds to HIV trea... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Depends...: ...On many factors. Each individual responds differently to different treatments, so there is no one "most effective" treatment. That's why one-size-f... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
See dermatologist: No one knows exactly what causes keratosis pilaris, but my personal opinion, based on my experience in treating it for 30+ years, is that it is basica... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
NOT surgery: The drug Dapsone is often advocated, but there is no firm evidence that it helps. Nitroglycerine patches may be effective; brown recluse venom constri... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
I'm not aware...: ...Of any evidence that any specific exercise is better than any other exercise in tightening loose skin. Get started on a good exercise regimen (afte... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Oh, well...: None of us has time to be sick, but it happens anyway. Most healthy people will clear the infection without treatment. Numerous antibiotics (most comm... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Clean clothes: Body lice live in the inner seams of clothing, not on the skin; so most of the time, thoroughly washing all clothing will cure the problem. To be cert... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Sea lice actually...: ...Are jellyfish larvae, which sting when they come in contact with the skin during ocean bathing. (real sea lice are fish parasites & do not affect h... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Not really: Some patients report itching or burning, but that's about it.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Antivirals.: If you have active disease you should be on an antiviral (valacyclovir, famciclovir) to control the outbreaks and minimize the chance of transmitting ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Many possibilities.: Sweat can smell like whatever you have been eating. Some vitamins and medications can do it too. Or if you have diabetes, that can do it. Certain type... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Seek treatment.: Pimples cause inflammation in the skin. When the inflammation subsides it often leaves discoloration. The way to prevent this is to seek treatment for... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Probably not.: Yellow urine generally indicates that you ate or drank something yellow. But if you want to be sure, see your doctor and request a urinalysis.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
The biotin will help a little, if there is a sufficiently high dosage, but oral collagen is useless for hair and nails. Get your money back and buy p... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
I don't believe Calmoseptine is recommended for use in babies. Plain zinc oxide ointment (the #1 ingredient in Calmoseptine) should work just as well... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Waxing is just massive hair plucking -- and when the hair shafts start to grow back, they will ingrown even more than after a close shave. Better to ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
There is increasing evidence that mixing vaccines is not harmful, and might even confer greater immunity in some cases. Whether or not your state wil... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
You can use them together, but it might cause some irritation. Try using the cleanser during the day and Differin at bedtime.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
If it is just a superficial scrape, the disinfectant cream and sanitizer are all you need. Just keep it clean and let it heal.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes and maybe.: Guttate psoriasis is usually triggered by an underlying infection, so either that the infection that originally caused it has returned, or a new infec... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Usually, it fades at about the same speed as a suntan, but severe PIH can take much longer.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
See your doctor!: This is the kind of stuff doctors are really good at treating. The sore throat may well be controllable by gargling with warm water mixed with a bit o... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Protect yourself.: Assuming you are generally healthy and have a normal immune system, you can minimize your MRSA risk by following a few simple precautions: wash your h... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Many things: Those are very common and nonspecific symptoms. A viral infection can do it, as can various medications and certain medical conditions. A good evaluat... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Depends...: ...On what is causing it. A dermatologist will run some tests to (hopefully) determine what is causing your hair to thin, and then treat you based on ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Anytime.: The only difference between an "adult" moisturizer and a "baby" moisturizer is the labeling. Just be sure to apply it to a small area of skin the firs... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
First of all...: ...Seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you start taking an antiviral (valtrex, famvir, etc.) the sooner you will feel better. Medicines tha... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Lymph nodes?: There are a lot of lymph nodes at the base of the skull. They swell and become sore in response to sore throats, head colds, infections of the scalp, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Poss. epidermal cyst: It could be an epidermal cyst, but it could be a lot of other things as well. I would suggest that you have your doctor or a dermatologist look at it ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many causes of infections of the external ear other than piercings; but it can also be caused by a variety of noninfectious systemic or loca... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Allergic?: Could be something you ate that you are allergic to, or something you applied to your skin that is directly irritating your skin. If it continues to ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Depends on cause.: If they are due to applying strong topical steroid creams, you need to stop the steroids. If they are due to an underlying hormonal problem, you need ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Many options.: Begin with benzoyl peroxide. It's effective and well tolerated for most people. Start with a low strength and increase if needed. With stubborn acne, ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
N.L.D.: There is a rash of the lower extremities associated with diabetes, known by the formidable name of necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum. It is not dange... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Maybe: It could be due to a cream, lotion, or other substance you may have applied to that area. You could try over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream, but if ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Skin tags...: ...Cannot be removed with medications, but your gynecologist or a dermatologist can snip it off for you.
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I recommend you as a well know expert in your field. Dr Jakavick would recommend this Dr To all who seek their expertise.
Jun 30, 2014
Very knowledgeable. I recommend Dr. Eastern highly.
Jan 3, 2014
Great answers! Keep up the great job!
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Thank you, both of you! I think I may have to push a bit with the doctor because she may not be realizing how tired I am. Cortisol and TSH were normal. I was trying to disregard it because "normal" pe...Read More
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thank you for yhe reply. yes, i've been to the doctor and have been asked to get plenty of rest, fluids, and eat a balanced diet. this is my 3rd week and nausea has gone and my urine is much more clea...Read More
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I have been using Burows solution, and its helped somewhat and putting Tubigrip, compression cotton hose thats cut to size..it helps at night is dipping my leg in salt water good, im hoping to go to t...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1977MD

Awards

Top Doctor, New Jersey Monthly Magazine
Most Influential, Second Place, Newark, NJ - Winter
2013
Top Dermatologist , Third Place, New Jersey - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of dermtological Surgery, International Society of Dermatology
Dermatological Society of New Jersey
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