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Dr. Robert Hartman

Dermatology
Encino, CA
40 years experience male

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Robert Hartman MD

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UCLA M.A. Biology UCLA M.D. University of Utah Internal Medicine internship Yale University Dermatology residency and Chief Resident Clinical Professor of Dermatology USC School of Medicine Attending Pediatric Dermatolgy Clinic CHLA Board certified in Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology

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Dermatology

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Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

94 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Folliculitis vs.acne: The pigment cell in your skin will make more pigment when it is insulted by any inflammation. The red bumps could be acne or a localized staph infecti... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Balanced diet: Smooth skin is not a function of diet. Keep the face and chest out of the sun and use a good moisturizing cream.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Joga: Psych medicines such as Lexapro (escitalopram) are very useful. Joga and meditation are also helpful.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Both are possible: Impetigo herpetiformis or pustular psoriasis of pregnancy can be associated with calcium changes in the blood tests. Usually there is an elevated seru... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Dry skin: All itching is worse at night because our minds are not engaged with the usual daytime actions. Dry skin is itchy skin. Use a mild bar soap to gath su... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
No: Spider angiomas or telangiectasis is often seen after trauma, high estrogen states like pregnancy and in alcoholics. The is a laser that can remove th... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Mildly: No answer to male pattern baldness or you would see no man with this genetic condition. It is a fact that many of us we become hairing impaired with ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Seb derm: No cure but many treatments that can contol the problem. Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo, tar and zinc shampoos are helpful. Hydrocortisone cream 1% fo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
No and no: Lysine does not help cold sores and there is no scientific evidence to support this approach. It will no alter bcp effectiveness.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
HS symptom: Painful boils or swelling under the arms or groin is likely hidradenitis suppurativa. This condition is an inflammation of the apocrine glands. Derma... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
No breathing problem: Allergic reactions only are serious if you have difficulty breathing or have swelling of the tongue. Take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and repeat in ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Nope: These are very different and are used differently in medicine. Acne BP wounds hp.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Thyroid check: Hyperthyroid can cause all the symptoms you have mentioned. Sensitive TSH and a thyroid panel would be advised.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Wart : The pathology report is suggestive of a wart. There should be some kiolocytosis in the wart . Hyperkeratosis from chronic rubbing can produce a simil... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Bar soap vaseline: Stop using liquid soaps as they are removing all your natural barriers. Mild bar soap like dove or aveeno (oatmeal) bars are best. Antibacterial soaps... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Yes: Medicines can be swallowed if you put you head down to your neck and this technique prevents choking. Putting you head back, opens the windpipe and ca... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Why do you ask?: There has to be some symptoms to worry about this problem. Short answer is MRI exam.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Lamisil (terbinafine) cream: If you have tinea , i would use Lamisil (terbinafine) cream nightly for several weeks.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Not fungus: No everything that is round or annular is ringworm or fungus. If the eruption does not itch, then you can't call it fungus. Annular erythemas often ar... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Be natural: No need in pregnancy to exposure yourself to any chemical needlessly. Be natural and avoid what you really don't need anyway.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Bad news bears: Tanning beds cause premature aging and increased skin cancer risks. Avoid this extra form of radiation.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Over cleaning maybe: If you have no pain, then it is not infected. Over cleaning can dry the skin out and make it itch. Massage pure vaseline to the site daily and hold ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Ezema: I do not think fungus would explain this rash. Infantile atopic or seborrheic dermatitis would be more like. A pediatric dermatologist consult would b... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Vitamin A daily: Protopic ointment nightly and vitamin a orally 10, 000 iu daily for 3 months will help alot.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Yes: Sugar water and moisture are the breeding grounds for yeast growth. It could happen but i would hope you would wash off the kool-aid.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Yes: Certain forms of psoriasis can result in a very high white count. Erythrodermic psoriasis and pustular psoriasis are notorious for this effect.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
No : It is a folk lore that drinking lots of water cleanses your body. It will just make you pee alot.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Physical urticaria!: There are a host of physical hives that are very unusual. Aquagenic urticaria is one such condition. Check for iron deficiency and polycthemia vera a... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Don't pick: Pigment is increased by any inflammation and takes time to fade. The least amount of trauma the less pigment production.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Stress medicines: A telogen effluvium is when excess hair is shedding. It is reversible. The common causes are medicines, recent illness, high fever, severe emotional ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Really?: First you have to make the diagnosis. Koh exam involves gently scrapping the skin and examine the scales under the microscopic by an md. Ringworm is a... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Less is best: The key to applying ointments after bathing is to use a very small amount and massage it into the skin. Albolene or white vaseline can be massaged spa... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Pimples!: A folliculitis and an acne like eruption is very common with testosterone treatments.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Check it out: Anything that is new or changing should be checked out by a derm.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Keratin plug: A black keratin plug is from an underlying epidermal cyst and is not serious. It can be easily removed surgically.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Drug or herbal: A fixed drug reaction always appears at the same site and can present with blisters. Herpes is painful and appears less suddenly. Otc and herbal drug... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Folliculitis: Itch and painful pimples in the scalp are usually an a sign of a staph infection. See you doctor for an antibiotic.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Vitamin A orally: Keratosis pilaris is a marker of the atopic gene. You can not wash it away or apply a cream that will result in any significant improvement. Oral vit... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
No: Pregnancy causes permanent hyperpigmentation on certain parts of the body like the nipples and external vulva. After pregnancy there will be some fadi... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Zinc shampoos: Seborrheic dermatitis is best treated with a zinc shampoo like dhs zinc shampoo. Topical tar shampoo is smelly but also works.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Vitiligo: Depigmented skin with loss of all pigment is an auto-immune disease known as vitiligo. See your internist for screening blood test for anemia and thy... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
No not likely: If there is a suppressed immune system, there are reports of eruption of multiple moles.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Pure vaseline: Pure vaseline is best and has little chance of an allergic reaction.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Home free: After one week with no symptoms, i think you will be in the clear. Herpes in the eye feels like someone kicked sand in you eye. Hair alone would not b... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Days: Poison ivy dermatitis should respond in a few days to your regimen. I like to start open wet dressings with a thin cotton sheet for 10 minutes followe... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Not likely: The calf is where the most common site for blood clots and meralgia is most common on the thigh. The two entities are not usually connected.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Cyst : A painless bump on the labia is most likely a cyst. Your obgyn doctor can be very helpful.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Sun and dryness: Accutane makes you more sun sensitive and causes you face to dry out. Sunscreens and a good moisturizing cream would help.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Take a break: Hold on there partner. All cortisone creams lose their effectiveness after 2 weeks. Take a 1 week break between the 2 weeks so it will not thin the sk... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 40 years experience
Pulps are cracked?: The tips of the fingers can develop painful cracks from many causes. Use a mild bar soap such as dove and massage pure vaseline into the skin.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hartman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hartman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for that ill sure buy that shampoo. Aparntly i have psoriasis on my head and when itching it bleeds. I Hope this shampoo works.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Can u plz email me so I can send u pic of my foot and results. My foot doesn't have warts so I'm confused. Keri.kobe@yahoo.com.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I will try these supplements and see if it helps, thank you!

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