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Elephant in the Dark

This is a classic poem by Rumi that applies to our experiences of the COVID-19 epidemic. The poem uses analogy to compare the attitude of people who insist that “I am right, and you are wrong,” with people feeling different parts of a whole elephant.  Each person believes they know it all, but in reality, only senses a part of the truth.  Ask yourself, “What is the elephant to me?”  No matter what each of us sees the elephant as, the poem speaks to a greater whole that expands beyond each of our own perspectives, a greater whole that we often ignore because we are so fixated with our own experiences and very difficult problems.  We hope reading this poem helps all of us to humbly reflect, think flexibly, and ponder other points of view during these difficult times. read more…

April is National Poetry Month!

Since this month is National Poetry Month, we thought it would be fun to share an inspirational poem.  This is a classic poem by Emily Dickinson describing hope, and we believe it speaks to many of us during these crazy times.  Dickinson describes hope as “a thing with feathers,” which we can assume to be a bird that is always “perched” in our souls surviving hardships (storms) and confusion (strangest Seas) to provide us comfort.  Even more, the tiniest bit of perseverance, less than a “crumb,” is all that is needed to carry on.  This is an empowering poem that reminds us that even in the toughest times, and no matter what we are going through, we can find hope within ourselves.  We hope you find encouragement while reading this poem! read more…

Now’s the Time to Utilize Telemedicine/Online Visits During the Coronavirus Epidemic

To help protect patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19, we have expanded our hours for online visits with Dr. Burkhart.  Our online visits allow children and teenagers to be evaluated and get their needed prescriptions without leaving their home.  No special equipment, downloads, logins, or training are required for our online visits.  You only need a cellphone or computer with access to FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts.  The team at Burkhart Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology is excited to offer our patients and families this important service.  Call our office to schedule an online appointment at (919) 476-1118 and we will take it from there.

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Are there natural therapies that can clear up Acne quickly?

Natural therapies that work fast

When faced with an outbreak of acne, you can turn to several types of natural therapies to help clear your skin as well as the medications noted in the last post.

There is good evidence that applying alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid) at concentrations above 10% can improve acne lesions within weeks.  These can be applied as daily lotions or as a face peel every 2-4 weeks.  Alpha hydroxy acids are very common additives in natural acne cosmetics.  Glycolic acid is used very commonly in home facial peels and at medical spas.

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Acne Emergency? Remedies that work quickly.

Acne can be embarrassing and frustrating at any age and is an extremely common condition. While we normally think of teenagers getting acne, it can start much younger — up to 50% of 10-year old’s and 90% of 18-year old’s in America currently have, or have dealt with, some level of acne on their face, chest, back, or shoulders.  It can cause individuals to avoid swimsuits or even change their entire wardrobe to hide their disease. And the effects can go more than “skin deep”; severe acne breakouts can lead to social isolation, avoidance of romantic relationships, depression and anxiety.  Acne flares can be a really big problem!

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What is a Pediatric Dermatologist?

A doctor trained to treat the skin of young people

A Pediatric Dermatologist focuses on the skin health of young people.  Becoming a pediatric dermatologist requires special training — in addition to the four-year medical school curriculum and one year of internship, three years of dermatology residency and an additional year of rigorous fellowship training are required. Most pediatric dermatologists also work as attending physicians at teaching hospitals for several years prior to establishing their own community practices.

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“All of my family loves Dr. Burkhart. I have several children and have been to many dermatologists. He is the best and all my kids go to him now. I wish I was able to be his patient too, but he only sees children.”
~ happy parent

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