View it in your browser JULY Newsletter 2019
Aging, meet your match … with cosmetic services
Aticle Banner Rockville area patients who are interested in learning more about cosmetic dermatology procedures are encouraged to contact the Washington Dermatology Center led by Dr. Prussick. His practice provides a wide selection of treatments to help patients look and feel better. From anti-aging solutions to treatments for conditions such as varicose veins and acne, Dr. Prussick can assist men and women with aesthetic services such as these:


Neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport can assist patients in reducing moderate lines and wrinkles on the upper portion of the face. They work by reducing contractions of muscles, which help in smoothing the skin above.

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Do we ‘shed’ more hair in July?
You may have heard that humans lose more hair during the warm summer months. You may have even discarded this idea as an old wives’ tale. But it’s not entirely fabricated. We are apparently prone to ‘shed’ more hair in the summer and fall months.

According to a study published in the journal, Live Science, people have the highest rates of ‘telogen’ hairs in the summer, and the lowest rates in the winter. It is believed that hair growth occurs in three stages and that hair in the telogen stage, which is the final ‘resting’ stage, are the most likely to fall out.

During more extreme weather, it is believed that up to 70 percent of hair strands can enter this phase prematurely, resulting in heavier hair loss. This phenomenon is quite prominent during July, when the temperature goes up.

Monthly temperature data revealed that higher temperatures may be associated with more hair loss. Other contributory factors include the UV index, which points to the strength of ultraviolet rays outside. UV rays are likely to influence hair loss, which helps explain the relationship between hair loss and the seasons, the study found.

This is generally not a cause for concern as it is a temporary phenomenon, and falling hair is replaced with new growth. A dermatologist should be consulted if you notice a pattern in the hair loss - ex. balding near the crown or temples - or severe thinning or balding.

Did you know that a dermatologist handles conditions with the nails as well as the skin and the hair? Learn more about nail health here:
Avoiding the bugs of summer
Summer is a time of sunshine, warmth and outdoor activities. However, this is also the time when annoying insects become active. Irritating bug bites and the resultant itching, scars and marks, skin infections and worse could take the fun out of summer.

Some of the following preventative strategies may help you beat summer bugs:

Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading various diseases apart from being a nuisance. They are most active during dawn and dusk, and staying indoors during these times is an effective way to avoid being bitten. If you must go out, wear long sleeves and long pants or skirts and use bug repellants.

Despite being a vital part of nature, the sting of bees and wasps could be dangerous, even fatal. Repellents won’t help much, and avoidance is best. Avoid garbage bins where wasps gather. Bee attacks could be minimized by avoiding flowering plants, wearing light colored clothing, and not using scented shampoos or perfume. Avoid sudden movements which may attract their attention.

Black flies are more prevalent from May to August and likelier to attack during morning, late afternoon, and early evening hours. Their presence is heavy just before a storm and in wooded areas. Covering up is the best mode of defense, as is using a repellant. Avoid dark colored clothing.

Apart from causing itching and red marks, ticks can transmit diseases. They are found among tall grassy trails and wooded areas, and can be avoided by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed shoes with no skin exposed. Check yourself and your pets for ticks if you had been outdoors.
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