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Commentary and Observations from
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Kristine Kucera, PA-C, MPAS, DHS

Kristine Kucera, PA-C, MPAS, DHS

  • Associate Professor
  • UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Physician Assistant
  • North Texas Dermatology
  • Richardson, Texas
Using Topical Steroids Safely and Effectively

Using Topical Steroids Safely and Effectively

Since their introduction in early 1950s, topical corticosteroids (TCS) have become the drugs most commonly prescribed by dermatologists for outpatients and are considered the mainstay of treatment for many skin conditions. If used appropriately, they are safe and effective, and side effects are rare. However, long-term use, misuse, and abuse by practitioners and patients can lead to complications.

The mechanism of action of corticosteroids is anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Determining the Cause of Hair Loss

Determining the Cause of Hair Loss

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is one of the of most common disorders that dermatology practitioners diagnose and treat. With so many potential causes, i... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, debilitating, inflammatory disease of the hair follicle that usually develops after puberty. It presents with pai... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Sun Protection

Sun Protection

In the late 1970s, the promotion of sun protection was almost nonexistent, even though Swiss researcher, Franz Greiter, had developed the concept of sun prot... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

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