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Dr. John Despain

Dermatology
Columbia, MO
38 years experience male

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Office

Columbia, MO

Address

2011 Corona Road, Suite 207, Columbia, MO
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About

Bio

Medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology; private practice; work with another dermatologist and a team of estheticians, nurses, and skilled assistants; dermatopathlogist

Specialties
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Dermatology

Doctor Q&A

175 Answers
76 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Scabies: You are probably right. Get a skin scrape by a derm and a prescription and you'll recover quickly.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Steroids can hurt: Just like oral steroids, creams with steroids can be wonderfully helpful in some cases yet hazardous in others. Strong steroids on thin skin can cause... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Great question: Unless you are malnourished, what you eat has little to do with nail health. I have seen nails get harder with oral biotin (2.5 gm daily). Don't fal... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Dermatitis/ringworm?: Either eczema (dermatitis) or a skin infection such as ringworm.Start by applying a topical antifungal; if not improved then try Hydrocortisone prior ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Beaus lines: Interruptions in the nail growth plates cause these horizontal ridges. Usually due to severe illness a few months ago.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
No risk: This is one of the most common misconceptions about psoriasis. No more risk of infection than of ' normal ' skin.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Yes: It's safe. But acne meds like that are bet applied to the areas acne breaks out on a daily basis and not spot treatments.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Psoriasis: Silvery scale on red base? Likely psoriasis. Some over the counter meds help but a derm can diagnose and treat efficiently.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Rogaine (minoxidil): Keep the Minoxidil on the scalp and oils on your hair and you can use them concurrently. Good luck!
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Options: There are now many new and effective options to treat psoriasis, so much better than the old options of chasing spots with creams! i suggest seeing a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Ointments: For the money, although messy, an ointment such as petrolatum is best. Then i'd suggest a good cream; don't use a lotion as they contain alcohols that... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Mrsa: Getting rid of MRSA requires long course of the correct antibiotic, muni ricin ointment to tip of nose for weeks, dilute bleach baths, and incision/dr... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Likely 'baby acne': If the rash is restricted to the face/neck its likely a variant of acne and will not harm the child. In rare cases it can be severe enough to merit m... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Very unusual: Moveable subcutaneous bumps that can be moved over the entire back would be very unusual but possibly related to the injury. There are movable types o... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Antifungals: Despite the name, its not due to a worm, but due to a fungus that grows in the outer layer of the epidermis that creates an expanding ring of scale an... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Keratosis pilaris: This is a sign you are irritating or over drying your skin. You may need a prescription but most of my pts with this do better if they use gentler pr... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Painful: Painful, risky, and complications abound.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
DEET: Deet remains your best bet, just use it sparingly and around the neck/wrists/ankles only. Other options may actually attract insects!
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Yes: Yes, generally excellent.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Depends upon cause: Address what's causing the disocoloration first. If its acne, address that. Short term use of hydroquinone (prescription) may help even skin color, bu... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Cyst: Could be a milia, hydrocystoma, or other benign growths vs basal cell. See a derm who may be able to tell without removing it.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Irritating: Effective for hpv but harsh, use only as the md advises.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Varies: This question is so open ended. Hours, days, weeks, months, years- depends upon the cause. Lets get a diagnosis!
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Tetracycline: Your question sounds like you'd rather take oral meds than apply topicals like benzoyl peroxide ( which is economical and somewhat effective). Oral te... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Possibly: Thie cream you are used to is a combo of a strong steroid ( anti inflammatory) and anti biotic. Cloderm is only a steroid. However Cloderm can be used... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Contact: Although not usually transmitted by sex, yeast (candida) can be spread by close/intimate contact, be it sexual or just skin to skin in other ways.
A member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Bruise: If not painful or rapidly expanding a post phlebotomy bruise is harmless. If it is problematic have the facility that pork your blood look at it.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Many things: Where to begin. Many possibilities. You really ought to see a derm.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Debate: Clindamycin should be fine. Differin, (adapalene) a retinoid, is not advised. There is some debate but you should avoid retinoids.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Skin is thick: Two issues: the disorder is caused by skin thickening, not pigment, so prescription creams that thin the thickened stratum corneum are generally help... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Basic care: Good question. Use a gentle liquid cleanser twice daily. If acne an issue at least once a day use one with salicylic acid ( clarifying). Consider a cl... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
One side?: Generally speaking if this does not resolve after using Hydrocortisone cream for a week or two you ought to see your primary care md or gyn for evalua... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Drug induced acne: Over the counter BP products may help but likely an rx for an antibiotic such as tetracycline is in order here.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
See an MD: Get urine tested for blood, if present will need some attention. Topical nitroglycerine paste (rx also) may reduce necrosis. Get some help w/wound car... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Is it really yeast: Well, could be yeast (candida) or something else. Where is it? And what is canastan?
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Vitamin C: Assuming you don't have a bleeding disorder or issue w/your blood count/platelets, you are dealing with easy brusing on the arms/hands we call solar p... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Not curable: Its controllable, not curable. Cause is unknown but is is aggrevated by a yeast that lives in the skin. Treatments are medications that inhhibit the y... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Cyst: If its been there for a while and asymptomatic it may be simply a benign common cyst. However if it grows or multiplies it may be a sexually transmitt... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Leave it on: Its helpful as a cleanser but moreso if left on the skin. Watch for dryness or irritation however.
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
No: No, i don't know of any way hq could address the acne itself; of course it might help the pigmentation resulting from inflammatory acne outbreaks.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Get checked: Bruises on legs without trauma merit evaluation. Considering your age it's likely nothing serious but it may be. Get to a derm.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Koebner: Some skin diseases, psoriasis being a good example, follow trauma- hence the distribution to elbows, knees, hands, feet. This is called the koebner ph... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
No but it can't hurt: Usually we do annual skin checks on folks with a past medical history, or immediate family history of skin cancer.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Angiofibromas: Common harmless growths of collagen and tiny blood vessels.
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Shingles?: Suspect it's shingles or some sort of infection, suggest seeing a derm.
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Lichen planus: Is usually diagnosed visually by derm or a dentist, but in some cases a biopsy is taken, as the skin exam may show confirmatory findings as well, a de... Read More

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HealthTap member
Nov 22, 2012
Answered quickly and it was in his field of expertise and I feel he gave great advice to try instead of just referring me to my own doc.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Despain is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Despain is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have one line on each of my finger nails. It looks as if a new thicker nail started growing there (its about midway through now) I hate to look at doctor Google but I...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you I'm Joan lee from hongkong , I have a topical psoriasis,, it spread every where , little by little
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful and the quick reply was fantastic. Going to my Dr today and will ask about these.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri - Columbia, MO
Graduated 1984MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Columbia Region - Summer
2014
Top Dermatologist , First Place, Missouri - Summer
2014
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Columbia Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

DeSpain Cayce Dermatology
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