Dr. Antonio Cruz

Dermatology
Providence, RI
17 years experience male

Locations

Office

Providence, RI

Address

1287 North Main Street, PROVIDENCE RI, Providence
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Office

Providence, RI

About

Bio

Antonio Cruz, MD graduated from Boston College. He completed medical school at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an Internal Medicine Internship at The Roger Williams Medical Center. He completed a Residency in Dermatology, a Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, and Cutaneous Oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His practice focuses on Mohs micrographic surgery as well as dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He supervises the Dermatologic Surgery clinics for the senior Dermatology residents of Alpert Medical School and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology. His additional office location is in the SKINPros building located on 1287 North Main Street.

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Dermatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

79 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Potentially: Long term use of topical steroids can cause atrophy or thinning of the skin - and also dilated vessels and possibly scarring. You need to speak to yo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Barrier: Think about how much sun damage and how much thinner the skin is on an elderly person. Your skin is your barrier. As you age, the barrier weakens, i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
In situ/lm: There is pretty good data on using mohs for melanoma in situ and lentigo maligna. We recently reviewed this: the operative management of melanoma: wh... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends on size: It depends what type of skin cancer and the extent of it. Some tend to be quite superficial and just need minimal reconstruction. Neglected skin canc... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dermatologist +: You should have a dermatologist that is able to track and screen you and decide which are indicated for simple excision vs mohs micrographic surgery v... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Your : Your doctor was absolutely correct - you start to see changes in 2-4 months. That's when you know whether or not your topical or oral treatment for r... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Don't flake: Could be seborrheic dermatitis vs psoriasis vs something else. Once a diagnosis is made, a range of treatments are available depending on the severit... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Piece of cake: Could be seborrheic dermatitis vs psoriasis vs something else. Once a diagnosis is made, a range of treatments are available depending on the severit... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Hair removal: The definitive treatment is laser hair removal. Your treatment needs to be individualized based on your skin type. Unfortunately, it is regarded as ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Possible infection: If it is in fact a "boil" it could either just be inflamed but since it is painful i would worry about the possibility of an infection - expecially if... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Bruises heal: Bruises typically heal and disappear over time unless you keep re-injuring the same area over and over again. Mother nature did a good job with this.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Common being common: The most common scalp lesions that we see in the office are pilar cysts - but without examining you, it would be tough to provide you with a diagnosis... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Need consultation: There are several types of scars - each of them may need to be treated differently - laser vs surgery vs peels etc etc. I would recommend seeking the... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Half life: The half life (per epocrates) is 15.3 hours and 31 hours for its metabolite.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Don't sweat it: I would touch base with your local dermatologist who may consider prescribing aluminum chloride solution for this - if you are in fact experiencing to... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Recurrence: I don't like hearing of thrush recurring in adults. I would encourage you to seek medial attention to make sure that it is in fact thrush and that th... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Possibly EN: Could be erythema nodosum. The fact that they are symptomatic and spreading merits your thorough evaluation by a dermatologist. Best of luck!
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Relatively safe: Cortisone creams can be used to treat the inflammation associated with facial eczema in a baby. Problems arise (scarring, atrophy , telangiectasia, e... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get checked: If you have symptoms and are concerned, your best bet is to be evaluated by a dermatologist when you are experiencing this symptoms. They would be ab... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Hmm: If your skin is too dry, consider the use of a bland emollient after a shower. There are certain conditions associated with dry skin. If you are sym... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Greasy: I would suggest using something simple - like vaseline or aquaphor to promote healing.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Protect your skin: Your cornerstone facial skin enhancement is to protect your skin from ultraviolet damage. This starts with an spf 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen. As f... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Doubt it: I don't think you necessarily need to soak them if you want to clean them. I think they can be wiped or cleaned gently. Let them dry thoroughly. Un... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Give it some time: Give it a month sometimes even two. However - be aware that there are skin cancers including melanoma that can affect the nail. If not better after ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Scars: There are several types of scars. In order to best address your concern, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon would have to take a look. This would... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Use sunscreen!: The fda has made our jobs easier when it comes to sunscreen labels. I would go with a broad spectrum sunscreen that is spf 30+. There are several fo... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get evaluated: It could be any number of things. The fact that it is spreading towards your back worries me. I would get evaluated as soon as possible to rule out ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get checked out: You could potentially have a dermatitis around the eyes, however your best bet would be to be evaluated by your ophthalmologist to determine what exac... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Different scar types: It all depends what type of scar you have. If it is symptomatic or increasing in size, have your dermatologist or plastic surgeon take a look. There... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Not likely: Lack of sleep has its health implications but tough to say that red spots you have are a direct result of a lack of sleep.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Laser: There are various laser treatments that can offer improvement to the stretch marks. The veins or telangiectasias can be addressed with laser as well.... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Infection: If it is in fact infected you may need a course of oral antibiotics. I would visit your pcp or dermatologist for evaluation.
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A male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Try it: It may be a bit much and excessively drying to use that combination. If you tolerate it and it does not dry your skin out too much, go for it as we l... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
No Tanss!: There is no such thing as a healthy tan - unless you are born with it. Sunburns and tans are thought of as damaging to dna - damaging dna can lead to... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Careful!: I wouldn't turn to lemon juice! talk to your dermatologist about lightening creams that may help with your condition.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Careful: Clobetasol is an ultrapotent topical steroid with a long list of potential side effects. It is prescription only and should only be used as directed ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Multifactorial: There are long lists of what can cause hyper or hypopigmentation. It depends exactly what the presentation is.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Sure: You can wear a durag with seborrheic dermatitis. Please make sure that it is stylish of course.
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Tough: Without really looking at the skin for lesions and getting a thorough medical history it is difficult to determine what it actually is and of course, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: I think you need to discuss this with your doctor. Did it have a positive deep margin or are you dealing with something completely different?
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Stubborn corns: These can be pretty stubborn however, once the skin is white and soft, it can be gently pared with either a pumice stone or something that can remove ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Skin Cancer subtypes: Skin cancer falls into two categories - melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Depending on the type - some just appear to grow and change and not l... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Watch for infection: It doesn't hurt to apply cold and wet to a burn - it may actually provide some pain relief. I would then recommend applying plain petroleum jelly sev... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Unrelated: The tests are likely unrelated to your symptoms. Take testicular pain seriously and get evaluated by your primary care doctor as soon as possible.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin: Dry skin is also known as xerosis. Check out the american academy of dermatology website for additional information: http://www.Aad.Org/skin-conditio... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Wait for results: Your doctor gave you antibiotics to cover the most likely offending organisms. If the culture highlights somethign out of the norm or resistanat to t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: Depending on your needs, there are lasers and other technologies available that can offer you individualized treatments based on your goals, skin type... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
When : When winter comes you have this cold dry air that helps draw out all of the moisture from your skin. Additionally, if you take hot showers and use a ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin?: There are several good moisturizers out there. The best time to apply your moisturizer is immediately after a bath or shower. For the cold dry air i... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin: You have a few options - i like using the cetaphil products. There are generic store brands that are quite similar and possibly more cost effective. ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Aug 10, 2013
I previously recommended Dr. Cruz when we both were active on AVVO.Com. Now that we are both providing a public service on Healthtap, I wish to again recommend him without reservation. Dr. Cruz is cl...Read More
I highly recommend Dr. Cruz. Dr. Cruz is an outstanding dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. He is extremely competent on skin surgery and challenging cosmetic procedures. Dr. Cruz is very involved in teac...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Cruz consistently provides exceptional medical information and guidance as a public service via AVVO.Com. I enjoy and learn from the entries he provides.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Please let me know if you can recommend Enbrel istead of Humira... or others that you have seen greater improvements on the scalp. Thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank You. Very Helpful!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'very, very grateful

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston College
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, RI
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

Brown University Affiliated Hospitals

Residency

Roger Williams Hospital

Awards

AAD Skin Cancer Screening Participant, American Academy of Dermatology
Top Doctor, Second Place, Providence, RI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Providence, RI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Academy of Dermatology
American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology

Publications

Surgical Pearl: Percutaneous Suspension Suture
The Appearance of Pili Annulati following Alopecia Areata
Paclitaxel-induced Neutrophilic Adverse Reaction and Acral Erythema
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