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Dr. Linda Spencer

Dermatology
Crawfordsville, IN
37 years experience female

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Crawfordsville, IN

Address

1601 Lafayette Rd, Crawfordsville IN 47933
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Dermatology

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86 Answers
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
See dermatologist: There are several possible causes for hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) and vitamins (especially biotin 3 mg daily) are a good start, but you should see... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Antibiotic ointment: Many patients on Accutane develop chapped lips, and often the inflamed skin develops a secondary bacterial infection. Try Bacitracin or polysporin (ba... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Highest potency: Retin-a belongs to the "retinoid" family of medications, which might help improve the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating new collagen synthesi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Probably: Mupirocin ointment can be an effective method for eliminated MRSA colonization from nasal passages and skin fold areas. Abscesses need to be drained, ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Pale itchy patches: Lichen sclerosus appears as itchy, pale, fragile patches of skin usually involving the external genitalia and perianal areas, but occasionally seen on... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Accutane caused: Most patients on Accutane develop some dryness of their lips. Dry eyes and nasal tissues can also develop, along with skin that takes longer to heal f... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Depends: There are several different shampoos made by suave. You would need to check the ingredient listings for each different shampoo.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Virus vs. bacterium: Herpes infections are caused by a virus, while carbuncles are caused by bacteria. Herpes infections appear as tiny, clear, painful blisters, while car... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Yes: Most yeast infections cause burning and itching. Sometimes a yeast infection doesn't cause much discomfort.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Redness and swelling: Cellulitis causes redness, swelling, and pain. It is a clinical diagnosis, and treated with antibiotics.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Yes: Yes, as long as you are careful not to rub the razor bumps.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Possibly: Most patients with shingles do not contract other infections despite the immune alteration that led to developing shingles. Rarely, shingles lesions m... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Vaseline: The best treatment is Vaseline petroleum jelly applied multiple times per day, to keep the area from drying out. If you notice any evidence of seconda... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Avoid fragrances: Gnats might be attracted to traces of fragrances on your body from personal care products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, and antiperspirant. Eve... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Yes: The skin product companies have dermatologists evaluate and approve the products. It doesn't mean that all dermatologists recommend the products, it j... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Sunblock?: You might be using a facial product or makeup that contains sunscreen. This is good - tanning leads to wrinkles, dark spots and cancer.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
No: This is not expected, and may indicate a reaction to a component of the medication your are applying (such as a preservative). It could also indicate... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
All sorts!: There are all sorts of fungus that can grow on the skin. A fungal culture can help identify a specific type on a patient's skin.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
No: Longstanding gall bladder problems do not cause dark vertical lines in your fingernails. The dark vertical lines could be pigmentary (usually genetic... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
It depends: It depends on what type of spider and how sensitive you are to the venom. Most minor insect bite reactions should be fully resolved within a few week... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
No: Raw egg yolks are rich in biotin, a b vitamin that in high doses might help some cases of hair loss. However, the egg white contains a protein that ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Could be Staph: Staph aureus infections could cause this. Another possibility is an inflammatory condition called hidradenitis suppurativa. You should see a dermato... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Doubtful: There are multiple possibilities for what you're describing as moles. You should see a dermatologist for a more accurate diagnosis and answer to your... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Heat initially: If this frostbite injury just happened, reheat the skin by immersing in warm water. If this happened more than a few hours ago, protect the skin from ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Seborrheic derm: Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Self tanner, time: Try using a self-tanner on the pale areas of skin to reduce the color difference. Prevent worsening by protecting all areas of your skin from the sun ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Hydrocortisone cream: It sounds like you're describing a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Use a dandruff shampoo, even on balding areas, and apply Hydrocortisone cre... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Cyst: Painless bumps within the scrotum are most commonly cysts, which can be annoying but are harmless. They are easily removed by a dermatologist.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Yes: Sharing a drink with someone who has an active herpes infection on their lips isn't wise. The virus could be transferred from the cold sore to the can... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Misdiagnosis?: What do you mean precisely by "candida overgrowth"? How was this diagnosed? Four years of prescription antifungal agents is far longer than should be ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Gloves or sunscreen: Wrinkles on the backs of the hands are caused from long-term sun exposure. Protecting the skin from additional sun exposure (gloves or ample sunblock... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Not causing soreness: You are describing normal genitalia. If you have soreness, you probably have another cause, such as a yeast infection. You should be seen by your gy... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Venous lakes: Blue spots on the lips are usually caused by dilated small veins.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Lotrimin/Bacitracin: Angular cheilitis can be helped by applying clotrimazole cream, then bacitracin ointment, 2-3 x per day. Both of these are over-the-counter.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Shingles?: There isn't enough information to answer your question, but if this has been a problem for just a day or two, and you have had no injury to the area o... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Possibly: There is always a possibility of recurrence of fungal infections due to re-exposure and possibly an innate susceptibility. There is no need to scrub y... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Yes: A warm bath can be soothing to a fussy baby. The water vapor can help ease the discomfort of irritated nasal passages. Make sure the room air is comfo... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Brown warty bumps: Common harmless growths that can appear anywhere on the skin, primarily in older adults. Usually a tan to dark brown color with a warty surface, may b... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Severe, scarring: Acne cysts are large nodules developing deep within the dermis, or second layer of skin. They are painful, disfiguring, and may cause deep scars. Ther... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Sunscreen, retinoid: Use a moisturizing broad spectrum sunscreen every single day, and ask your doctor for a prescription for a topically applied retinoid cream such as re... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
BMI calculator: A relatively simple method would be to calculate your body mass index. This will let you know if your weight is within normal range. One such calculat... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Xerosis: Skin lacking adequate moisture feels tight and uncomfortable. This can result from impaired lipid production within the skin leading to water loss. Pa... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Normal: Yes, it is normal to develop more of these benign, harmless nodules.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Sun protection: Prevent hyperpigmentation by consistently using a broad spectrum sunblock (protecting against uva and uvb wavelengths) every day. Wear protective clot... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
None: Androgenetic alopecia, the hair loss experienced by most adults as they age, can be helped by taking a vitamin called biotin, 3,000-5,000 mcg/day, and... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
No: This is false. Your skin would be dirty, not rotten.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
About a week or two: Any scab will take 1-2 weeks before they fall off. Keep the scabs softened with moisturizer or petroleum jelly to reduce the chance for scarring.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Bacterial infection: These locations are typical for staph aureus colonization. Another common location is the insides of the nostrils. Try applying an otc topical antib... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Adult acne: Most people with acne during their teenage years find that the acne goes away during their twenties, but some people have acne well into their thirtie... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
Cause of scars?: It depends on what caused the scars, how large they are, and how long you've had the scars. If they are acne scars, it's important to treat the acne t... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Spencer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Spencer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, i will try cutting out fabric dryer sheets. I was orginally tested for allgeries to my medications with no avail. Thank you again
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks! I usually wear sunblock, but happened to not have any this time around.
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Thanks for your quick reply! NOW I KNOW MY FIENCE HAS IT IN SCALP THANKS

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

Top Dermatologist , Second Place, Indiana - Winter
2013
Top Dermatologist , Second Place, Indiana - Summer
2013
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