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Dr. Tara Passow

Dermatology
Beaver Dam, WI
41 years experience female

Locations

Office

Beaver Dam, WI

Address

700 Hillcrest Ct, Beaver Dam, WI
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fax

9208854419

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dermatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
I'm not sure, but...: The mastoid bones are directly behind the ears and could become inflamed/infected from severe ear infections. Sometimes they even had to be removed, a... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Varies widely: I usually put a patient on Isotretinoin for 5 months. The 'cure' rate is supposed to be about 70%. Some people will never breakout again. Some may hav... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Tretinoin: I find tretinoin (retin-a and others) to be helpful for scaring and reducing pore size. Similar topicals like Adapalene and tazarotene may have simila... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Cold compress: or icepack may help swelling. Anti-inflammatory med like ibuprofen can help. There are prescription oral meds (like valacyclovir & others) and top... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Bruise: Sounds most like a bruise and sometimes they can pop up without being aware of the injury. You can give it a week or 2 to resolve. I would give it up ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Many possibilities: Hard to say what this is. Could be a cyst, lipoma (collection of fat), inflammation, etc.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Unfortunately, no: No guarantee that warts are gone for good when all visible warts clear. Virus can be dormant.
A female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Could be either: In my experience, it takes longer to clear and more medication than you might expect. Often i treat with an oral anti-yeast/anti-fungal pill for at le... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Ice pack: I'd probably try an ice pack to reduce swelling and perhaps an oral anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yeast?: I would wonder about the possibility of a yeast infection. Viral infection would also be possible and wouldn't respond to penicillin. I have seen stap... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Tinea versicolor: Sounds like tinea versicolor, caused by a yeast that is on everyone but causes this type of rash in a few people. It may or may not be itchy. Anti-fun... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yes, yes, yes: Treatment for pityriasis rosea is generally aimed at the symptom of itching. Topical steroids and oral ant-itch meds are usually enough. Sometimes sys... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Not necessarily: The areola, the area around the nipple, has quite a few glands. Sometimes they can become enlarged for no apparent reason.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Certainly possible: Sometimes allergic reactions to medications, especially the penicillins can occur several days (even up to 2 weeks) after finishing the antibiotic. Th... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Depends on method: Moles can be removed by shave or saucerization and the wound is allowed to heal, sort of like a scraped knee. Another method is to cut deeper and then... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Hard to say: Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that can cause scaling on nipples. It's not dangerous, but can be itchy/annoying. Residual soap or dried saliva c... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Cool compress: In addition to cool compresses, aveeno (oatmeal) baths, calamine, hydrocortisone, oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or other anti-histamine could all be... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Anti-histamine: Generally anti-histamines can be used during pregnancy, so i'd think you could use one while nursing also. You baby's pediatrician may have experience... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
It could be: Eczema on the arms and legs is more likely to be on the inside of the elbows and the back of the knees. The face is a common site for eczema in infant... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Dissectingcellulitis: This condition is sometimes bacteria-related, and you probably need to get this cultured.If the culture shows staph or other infection, it may respond... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Possible infection: My concern is that there could be a bacterial infection causing the persistent oozing. You could try a short course of topical antibiotic, like polysp... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Size matters: The size of hair loss patches can determine treatment. Small patches are often treated with injections of cortisone into the skin of the affected area... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Viral?: I would expect the rash is more caused by the virus or bacteria that caused the fever. My worry is that it could represent the rash that can come with... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Crusting: It's not always possible, but a staph infection like MRSA would more likely cause scabs and oozing, sometimes referred to as honey-colored crusts. The... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Irritation vs yeast: The two most likely causes are irritation or yeast infection. A soothing cream or ointment will usually help with irritation. An anti-fungal cream (cl... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Sure: As long as it's not irritating, it should be fine.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Helps boys & girls: While girls have the risk of cervical cancer from certain strains of hpv, boys are not free of problems from it. Genital warts can be disfiguring, pa... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Possible allergy: The inside of the elbow is a common site for an allergic or irritant reaction to chemicals, perfumes or other products.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Sounds serious: There are many possible causes for these symptoms and causes can depend somewhat on your age. I'd recommend medical attention/physical exam/possible l... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Many options: If you want to do it yourself, there are several nonprescription products to try. Most contain salicylic acid and work by slowly 'eating away' the war... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
I'd recommend both: It wouldn't hurt to use both, although the internal could probably be used inside and outside.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Like acne?: Lipomas can be popped out of a surgical opening or incision in the skin, usually followed by stitches. I'd recommend local anesthetic beforehand.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
I don't think so: I would expect any improvement to be permanent, even if the Retin-A is stopped.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Anyone can get: Jock itch is the common name for a fungal infection of the groin or genital area. It's also known as tinea cruris. Anyone can get it. It's thought tha... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
As often as needed: Often you can tell if an application is needed because the area will feel tight, your eyes will burn, or there will be flaking. Sometimes this may hap... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Hatch from nits: Head lice spread from one person to another. The lice attach eggs to the hair. These nits then hatch.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Hard to say: There are lead testing kits that can give you a quick answer, but you'd have to have the pottery in-hand to do the test.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Hands and feet only?: If it's mainly hands and feet you're concerned about, i found the recommendation of a pedicurist works well. Vicks vapo rub applied liberally at bedti... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yes: Even little kids can have this. It's normal. Usually the hairs are short and fine.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
To be expected: Lack of movement can increase the chance of swelling in the legs, especially when sitting. Standing and walking periodically can help prevent this. Lo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Sounds good to me: Using a straw sounds like a good idea to me. I think you'd want to minimize "stress" to the lip and using a straw might help.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Anti-fungal cream: You can try an anti-fungal cream like clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, and others. If that doesn't work, sometimes an oral anti-fungal prescript... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Sounds good: If she'll take the pediasure, it seems like a good idea.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Eyelids more likely: It's more likely that the eyelids would develop cellulitis.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Quite varied: Colonization can result in a wide spectrum of effects, sometimes very mild or unnoticeable.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Plant juice, maybe: There are several things that could cause such a rash, especially if the rash is only on one side, not both sides. Shingles is a possibility. I'd expe... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Sounds like infected: The pain and swelling could be caused by a bacterial or other infection. Those symptoms are not usually caused by the psoriasis. An anti-inflammatory ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Could be infection: My concern in this case would be bacterial infection or activation of a dormant cold sore (herpes simplex infection). It's possible swelling could res... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Haven't heard of it: I'm not aware if this is possible, however, one of the effects of Retin-A is an increase of tiny blood vessels, so it makes me wonder if that would be... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Hard to say: A black spot could mean the skin is dead in that area and there could be some type of infection there. However, it could be a spot where a little blob... Read More

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Jun 15, 2013
Very accurate and useful responses.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Passow is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Passow is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. Passow, thank you for answering my question - she does not have lice. I am waiting for my ped to see her. I can see the scalp is really flacky but clean, and she does drink lots of water
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Thank you, I will go for medical attention in a few days (we have Easter holiday now) , in the meantime I will continue using the Synalar Otic.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! This is a relief and I'm very thankful. But I must ask for a second opinion so that I may sleep better at night.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, WI
Graduated 1981MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Green Bay, WI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Green Bay, WI - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Green Bay, WI - Winter
2013
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