The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

Lakshi M. Aldredge, MSN, ANP-BC, DCNP

Lakshi M. Aldredge, MSN, ANP-BC, DCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • VA Portland Health Care System
  • Portland, Oregon
Cutaneous Manifestations of COVID-19

Cutaneous Manifestations of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus has certainly perplexed the medical world with its various clinical presentations, responses to treatment, and the devastating toll it has taken on patients and healthcare workers. The virus can affect nearly every organ in the body, including the largest: the skin.

Since 2019, dermatology providers have tried to categorize the various cutaneous manifestations of COVID-19 to help clinicians more effectively recognize dermatologic features of the virus. The American... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Infectious Diseases

Bringing Awareness to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Bringing Awareness to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Social media has revolutionized the way that humans see themselves. Thanks to filters and Photoshop, we can create and post the perfect image of ourselves, c... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Psychiatry

Documenting Skin Color in Medicine: Are We Unconsciously Racially Profiling?

Documenting Skin Color in Medicine: Are We Unconsciously Racially Profiling?

Practicing medicine in 2020 has certainly been challenging, especially given recent worldwide discussion on race relations. In a recent Dermatology Grand Rou... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Public Health

Sunscreen Updates

Sunscreen Updates

Everyone knows they should protect their skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB exposure. The proper way to do so, however, has been the subject of muc... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Miscellaneous

The Lowdown on Popular Psoriasis Medications

The Lowdown on Popular Psoriasis Medications

These days, it seems that most of us can't avoid seeing a commercial for a psoriasis medication when watching our favorite shows. Most of the ad... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Atopic Dermatitis – It’s Not Just Skin Deep

Atopic Dermatitis – It’s Not Just Skin Deep

Atopic dermatitis (AD), or "eczema," is a common cutaneous disorder that most primary care clinicians see in their practices. Howev... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

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