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Dr. John Stephens

Dermatology
Indianapolis, IN
19 years experience male

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Indianapolis, IN

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Carmel, IN

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Dermatology

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62 Answers
5 Agrees
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Be evaluated: It sounds like these are very distressing. I would recommend prompt evaluation by a dermatologist. Chronic scalp folliculitis can be very frustratin... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Pretty good: Dove is a good, relatively gentle soap. Cerave and cetaphil are other similarly gentle soaps. Dial is usually more drying, but does have greater ant... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Several possibilites: Contact allergy and fungus are both possible, but usually are itchy. Contact allergy is usually due to nickel if directly under the snap on the front... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Antibiotics: Oral and topical antibiotics can help treat this. See your doctor for an appropriate regimen.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: You may need prescription topical or oral antifungal treatment. Or you may not have ringworm at all.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Psoriasis: Nail pitting is commonly seen in nail psoriasis. A dermatologist should be able to tell you if this is the case.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Many possibilities: Causes of blisters include...Friction, medication reaction, infection, autoimmune bullous disease...Just to name a few.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Many possibilities: I recommend prompt evaluation by a dermatologist or your primary physician. Could be a number of causes. For example, scabies.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: There are several potential causes of these symptoms. Medication reaction, contact allergy, scabies, infection just to name a few. I recommend being... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Sounds like it: Fordyce spots are ectopic sebaceous glands (oil glands) and can appear exactly as you describe. Probably best to just ask your obgyn if you are conce... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Probably not: Topical or oral antifungals would probably work better and faster. Also, less likely to irritate your skin.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Sounds strange: I would recommend prompt evaluation by a dermatologist.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
KP: Hard to say without seeing them but its likely keratosis pilaris. Very common. Usually not symptomatic, just annoys the people who have it.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: Could have a contact allergy to one of the several compounds found in exhaust.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Many possibilities: Verruca plana, or flat warts would be one possibility. I recommend being evaluated by a dermatologist to identify the exact cause.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Topical steroids: Lichen planus and eczema are two different conditions. However, both can be treated with topical or systemic steroids. A dermatologist should be abl... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a doctor: I would see your obgyn. You may need a culture to identify the causative agent. You may still have a yeast infection that is resistant to your initi... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Ok, once dry: Once you have patted your face dry after using your cleanser, it is okay to apply a moisturizer.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Both worked well: Both of these medications have anti-yeast properties and both should help with appropriate use. If one of these is in an ointment form, that is usual... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Treat the scabies: Scabies needs to be appropriately treated by eliminating the mite responsible for the itching. If your itching it not improving, i recommended being ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Get it checked: I recommend having it evaluated. It could be a number of things. Eczema, psoriasis, allergy, fungus, just to name a few.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Dry skin: Probably due to dry skin. If you use a topical retinoid medication or an anti-aging cream at night, consider using a little less as these can be dryi... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Maybe: Use inside the mouth is not recommended. If you are referring to the corners of your lips (oral commissure), then that may be a condition called perl... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: The key word is "fast." it will probably require oral or topical steroids for rapid improvement. To prevent future flares, avoid long, hot showers... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
A week or two: With consistent use, it should help within a week or two. Recurrence is not uncommon.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
No: This is more likely to result in thermal injury to your hands than actually killing all of the scabies mites. Topical Permethrin or oral Ivermectin a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: In office testing can usually identify any residual fungus. If persistent, may need oral antifungal treatment.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Be evaluated: Chronic lip inflammation can be secondary to a variety of bacterial, yeast, or viral infections. Sunburn or windburn can also create chapped lips. Y... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Tough: I recommend seeing a dermatologist. There are some treatments which may help stop progression of lesion, though there is not a treatment that is 100%... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yeast: These medications are for yeast infections.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: Topical hydroquinone and sun protection will both help. I recommend discussing this with a dermatologist first to avoid any complications or adverse ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: Consider over the counter anti-dandruff shampoos such as head&shoulders, selsun, or t-gel. Must let these stay on scalp for several minutes prior to ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Grey Turner?: I would seek out medical attention immediately. This could be grey-turner sign, which can be seen in the setting of pancreatitis.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Should help: Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) can help folliculitis if caused by bacteria or yeast. Pseudofolliculitis barbae is often due to mechanical trauma after sha... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Many possibilities: Eczema, fixed drug reaction, granuloma annulare, and morphea are a few possibilities. I recommend being evaluated by a dermatologist.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Not really: The key to treating scabies is total eradication followed by thorough washing of all sheets, towels, blankets, and clothing that may have been exposed... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Many possibilities: Could be dry skin due to winter weather or excessive washing. May be using a soap that is very drying to wash with. If using any type of anti-aging ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
KP: If mainly on your upper arms, it's possibly keratosis pilaris. May want to consider applying am-lactin, lac-hydrin, or cerave sa a couple times a day... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: Itching and skin inflammation will often be exacerbated by emotional stress. This is a very common reaction.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Get evaluated!: Could be a soft tissue infection within the skin, or could indicate a problem under the skin such as appendicitis or pancreatitis. I recommend prompt... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
May help: Silicone sheeting is particularly helpful in reducing/preventing thick, hypertrophic scars. They are usually cut to the size of the scar and placed o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: Most likely it is just eczema. Though there some other conditions which can cause similar symptoms. For example, dermatitis herpetiformis.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Many possibilities: If this bump seems different from other areas on your skin, i would recommend having it checked by a dermatologist. It may something benign, such as... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a dermatologist: In office testing can usually identify any residual fungus. If persistent, may need oral antifungal treatment.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Probably: They are all topical antibiotics so will all accomplish similar tasks. Bactroban (mupirocin) has superior coverage for staph bacteria.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
No: It could be, but could be a variety of other causes. If its not healing, best to have it checked by a doctor to make sure it is not cancerous.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
1-2 weeks: Assuming you have successfully treated the scabies. It will likely take 1-2 weeks for the redness to subside. Topical steroids may help speed this p... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Many sources: Dry skin is the most common cause, especially in the winter months. Contact allergy, infection, medications, systemic inflammation, stress are all ot... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Possible: It is possible for skin to stay slightly red and itchy as inflammation resolves. That being said, if you haven't noticed much improvement over the co... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 19 years experience
Fungus: It is caused by a fungus that gets into the top layers of skin. It is not a systemic infection, it is just in the skin. The offending types of fungi... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Stephens is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stephens is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Not sure these are the reasons. My life had been stress free basically, and it first showed up the first week in October Southern California
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! And also very quick. I will certainly try this thanks onced again yours sincerely. Mrs J Co
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Thanks for your quick reply! This was an ingrown hair pimple. I did laser hair removal and woke up with the swelling and liquid.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine
Graduated 2007MD

Medical/Graduate school

DePauw University
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

University of Texas Medical Branch

Awards

Most Outstanding Resident, University of Texas Medical Branch
Faculty Award for Excellent Dermatology Service and Leadership, University of Texas Medical Branch
Dermatology Medical Student Award for Resident Teaching, University of Texas Medical Branch

Affiliations

American Academy of Dermatology
American Medical Association
American Board of Dermatology

Publications

Dermatological rituximab dosing: treatment of refractory pemphigus vulgaris in an adolescent male
The dermatology acting internship
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