Dr. Emily Altman

Dermatology
Berkeley Heights, NJ
30 years experience female

Locations

Summit Medical Group

Berkeley Heights, NJ

Address

1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ
Directions

Summit Medical Group

Short Hills, NJ

About

Bio

Summit Medical Group dermatologist,<strong> Emily M. Altman, MD, FAAD</strong>, is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. Dr. Altman’s expertise includes state-of-the-art medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatological procedures and techniques. She is affiliated with Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center. Before joining <strong> Summit Medical Group </strong>, Dr. Altman practiced privately with Comprehensive Dermatology and Laser Center. She is former Chief of Dermatology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Altman earned her MD at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School. After graduating, she completed her residency in dermatology at Columbia University School of Medicine and she completed her fellowship in dermatopathology at New York University School of Medicine. Emily M. Altman, MD, FAAD, has expertise in state-of-the-art medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatological procedures and techniques. In her spare time, Dr. Altman enjoys gardening and growing beautiful flowers.

Specialties
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Dermatology

Languages spoken

English, Russian

Doctor Q&A

613 Answers
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Rosacea & eczema: There are several excellent answers on the differences between rosacea and eczema. I would like to add one condition that is rosacea but can look like... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Psoriasis treatments: How psoriasis is treated depends on how severe the psoriasis is. For mild localized disease, topical medications are most often used. For more extens... Read More
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Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
CO2 laser: Co2 laser resurfacing can be ablative removing the surface of the skin to a set depth in a continuous manner in the area treated. There is also fract... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Penile skin cancer: Yes, skin cancers can occur on the genital area. Squamous cell carcinomas make up over 90% of penile skin cancers, are usually on the foreskin or gla... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Poison ivy: It may take 3-10 days to develop a rash from poison ivy/oak/sumac the first time. However with each exposure the reaction becomes faster and stronger ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Poison ivy: Once poison ivy rash gets swollen and weepy, it may need oral medication such as prednisone. Topical prescription cortisone gels will also help. If ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Yeast infection: On the tongue, yeast infections can look like cottage cheese curds. When these are removed or scraped off, the underlying mucous membranes are intens... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Redness on eyebrows: Seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea are two common red rashes that can affect the area around and between eyebrows. Seborrheic dermatitis usually has s... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Minocycline &growth: There is no evidence in the medical literature that Minocycline stunts growth.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Bumps on legs: People with sensitive, dry skin often have dryness in the hair follicles as well. That results in tiny red bumps on backs of arms and on legs that fe... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
PCOS & pregnancy: Pcos is one of leading causes of infertility but it is possible to conceive w/proper treatment. Metformin is one of the medications helpful in treatin... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Vitiligo & eczema: There is some evidence that both vitiligo and eczema may be related to gluten sensitivity or allergy. The data is yet to be completely worked out, bu... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Rash in 14 mo old: Yes, it is best to see a dermatologist or pediatrician to have the rash evaluated and treated properly.
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Bell's palsy: Antiviral meds like Acyclovir usually don't help bell's palsy by themselves, but are given in combination with an anti-inflammatory medication like pr... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Foods and acne: So far two food groups that have been shown to contribute to acne are dairy products and high glycemic index carbs. In men, chocolate has been shown t... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Spreading rash: There are many rashes that can erupt along paths of skin nerves. These paths are called dermatomes. One such rash is shingles (herpes zoster) that h... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Red itchy rash ears: Often ears are first to be affected if there is an allergic reaction to hair dye. Ears are swollen, red & itchy with small vesicles. Ingredient in hai... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Please go to ER: Could be a number of things that need to be evaluated right away. These are very unusual symptoms. Usually redness and pain is present with infection.... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
No, it cannot: Progesterone cream does not address the issues that need to be dealt with in pcos. And also, depending on the progesterone, it may act more like an an... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Could be shingles: Clusters of vesicles on a red patch could be herpes simplex or herpes zoster (shingles). Both start as pain/itching, although shingles is more likely ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Urticaria: Urticaria is resolved when you don't get any more hives on the skin. Most urticaria disappear within 6 weeks. However some people may have them for m... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
White spots in mouth: A few things can cause white spots in the mouth. Lichen planus can be lacy thin white lines on the inside of the cheeks and/or white patches. Candid... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Nailfold capillaries: Hemorrhage into the cuticle can happen from a number of causes including trauma. Nailfold capillaries can be increased in number and show a character... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Sun and laser tx: Any sun exposure after any type of laser resurfacing can result in blotchy pigmentation. Sun exposure must be avoided after laser resurfacing for at ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Dandruff treatment: Dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) is a chronic skin condition that can be treated but not cured. It tends to flare with season changes and when a pers... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Rash on joints: Please see your dermatologist. There are many conditions that can have a rash on joints, including psoriasis, eczema, granuloma annulare and some inf... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Axillary mass: Please see your doctor as soon as possible. That mass needs a diagnosis. There are many things it could be, some not dangerous and some that are.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Henoch Schoenlein: Not very common. In the us about 15 people in 100, 000 develop henoch schoenlein purpura, but it varies in different countries. In england it's 20 pe... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Depends: Whether hair can be regrown depends on what caused the bald area and how long hair has been gone. For non scarring alopecia, there is a chance.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Please see Dr ASAP: All these symptoms require an evaluation and possibly a chest x-ray and bloodwork. Please see your doctor as soon as possible.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Please see your Dr.: Allergic reactions to laundry detergent can involve the outer labia that come into contact with the allergen. Usually the inner labia are not involved... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Bruising all over: Please see your doctor as soon as possible. Bruising can be from trauma or from taking medications that thin the blood like aspirin, nsaids (ibuprofe... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Can't really tell: Some sexually transmitted diseases don't itch or burn. And even the ones that do take time to develop before symptoms come, weeks or months. You both... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Traction alopecia: Tractional alopecia is an inflammatory hair loss that ultimately results in scarring of follicles after repeated damage. Whether it is reversible or n... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
HSV infections: The initial infection with a herpes virus can potentially be accompanied by fever and body aches, similar to the flu. Recurrences of hsv usually don'... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Mosquito bites: Calamine lotion helps dry mosquito bites and decrease the itching.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Rash along diaper: If the rash is where the elastic of the diaper is, it could be contact dermatitis to the elastic. Yeast infections with candida can also cause a rash... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Facial wrinkles: Facial wrinkles form due to sun damage and volume loss in the soft tissues and bones of the face, so the skin is losing its support structure. Smokin... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Recurrent cold sores: Sometimes cold sores (herpes simplex infections) break through antiviral medication treatments like acyclovir. That can happen because Acyclovir may ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Treatment for sweat: There are treatments available for both localized sweating (underarms, palms, soles) or generalized (all over) sweating, however, if sweating is all o... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Tinea versicolor: Nutrition and clothing have a limited effect on tinea versicolor (tv). True, if one wears heavy clothing and gets hot and sweats underneath, tv is mo... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Itchy sun rash: Sun exposure rashes could mean a reaction to your sunscreen or a "sun allergy" like polymorphous light reaction (pmle). 90% of sun rashes are due to p... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Accutane & supplemts: The one supplement/vitamin that you should not take when on Accutane is vitamin a. Accutane is a relative of vitamin a and taking extra vitamin a may ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Breaking fingernails: There are many causes of breaking/brittle nails, including dryness of the nails, chemical exposure, trauma, fungal infections, endocrine/hormonal diso... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Staph infections: Staph infections are transmitted by contact with someone who has the infection or is colonized with staph. Staph can potentially be left on surfaces ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Sunblock for babies: There are sunblocks that do not have any chemical sunscreens but only have physical ones, like very tiny particles of zinc or titanium. Sunscreens wi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Cortisone face rash: Applying cortisone creams to the face to treat redness can worsen both pityrosporum folliculitis and rosacea. Things may look better when using corti... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Numbness: Numbness usually means some process involving a nerve. It could be something like having worn tight-at the waist clothing that caused some compressio... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Skin infection: Metronidazole solution is not effective against bacterial skin infections. Bacterial skin infections are most commonly caused by staph or strep. Eve... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 30 years experience
Nipple/areola rash: Nipples can get dry and irritated easily, especially in winter. This is particularly true when a woman is breastfeeding because saliva and stretching... Read More
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May 11, 2013
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May 11, 2013
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Apr 14, 2013
Her opinions are accurate and timely. Very helpful.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Is there a way of dealing with this cyst at home. I can't afford to go to a dermatologist ? Thankyou for responding to my previous question.
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This saved my life. Thank You! I'm diagnois with hytimoto thyroids 6/18/2013 so that's the cause of my hair loss how can I regrow it back....should I go back to dermatolog
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have to go abroad to be treated for this. Here in norway i have only got 14 days with Doxy for the lyme. They wont give me more medication

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School, NJ
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

NYU HOSPITALS CENTER

Residency

NorthwesterN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Residency

New York-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL

Awards

New Jersey Magazine Top Doctor
RealSelf Top Doctor
Alpha Omega Alpha

Affiliations

American Academy of Dermatology
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Society of Dermatopathology

Publications

Paraneoplastic vasculitis: T-cell lymphocytic vasculitis in a patient with recurrent B-cell lymphoma (abstract)
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