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Dr. Anna H Chacon is a board certified dermatologist practicing in Florida. She has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and has been published in JAAD, Archives of Dermatology, British Journal of Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology, Cutis and has presented at the American Academy of Dermatology, where she currently serves on the membership committee. She currently writes board review practice questions for the dermatology boards through the popular study source, Derm-in-Review. She aspires to treat her patients like members of her own family, showing them compassion and respect and helping them to make educated decisions about their skincare that may benefit their overall health and well-being.

Education

  • Fellowship in Dermatologic and Laser surgery - University of Miami

  • Internship in Surgery - Orlando Regional Medical Center

  • Residency in Dermatology - University of Southern California - LAC+USC Medical Center

  • MD - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Areas of Expertise

  • Hansen's Disease & Leprosy

  • Contact Dermatitis & Patch Testing

  • Skin Disease in the setting of HIV

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery

  • Lasers

  • Lights & Cosmetic Dermatology

  • Hair Transplantation

  • Trichoscopy

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Light Therapy

“Light therapy is first-line for moderate to severe psoriasis and can be used in combination with other medications, but it usually involves exposing the skin to small amounts of controlled or artificial light in certain...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Medication

“Medications that can be prescribed to help treat psoriasis. Yes, there are many different treatments that help to treat psoriasis. Certain medications include topical creams that you can apply once a day during flares and...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Injectable Treatment

Injectables, systemic treatments available for psoriasis. Yes, these are called biologics or biosimilars. These drugs are usually given in injectable form and can alter the immune system in a way that disrupts the disease cycle...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Symptoms

What are the symptoms of psoriasis? Psoriasis is accompanied by various symptoms. Psoriasis symptoms include scaly plaques, itching and swelling of associated skin, and inflammation. It usually presents with symmetrically distributed, reddish, and scaly pink...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Recurrence

Is recurrence of psoriasis common? Yes. Recurrence of psoriasis is common. Psoriasis may be recurrent, transient or persistent in nature. It is a dermatological condition that tends to come and go. However, sometimes it stays...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Doctor Visit

When should you see a doctor for psoriasis? If you have psoriasis, it’s always good to see your dermatologist. You have nothing to lose by seeking information, and will emerge hopefully more educated than before....

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Prevalence in Men and Woman

Is psoriasis more prevalent in men or woman? Psoriasis is prevalent in both men and women epidemiologically. It affects two to 4% of both men and women. They can begin at any age, including childhood....

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Oral Medications

What are some oral medications that can work for psoriasis? If you have moderate or severe psoriasis in which other treatments have not worked, including topicals, your dermatologist might actually prescribe an oral medication. Because...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Triggers

What can trigger a flare up of psoriasis? There are many triggers that can trigger a flare of psoriasis. Psoriasis triggers include sun exposure, steroid withdrawal, stress, alcohol, extreme weather changes, very warm or very...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Helpful Tips

“What are some other helpful items that can help prevent psoriasis flares? Avoiding scrapes, cuts, bumps, and infections is also important. It’s really important for people with psoriasis to avoid bumps, cuts and trauma to...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Diagnosis

How is psoriasis diagnosed? Psoriasis is typically diagnosed clinically on exam. Very rarely is a biopsy helpful. However, it can be used when narrowing down a diagnosis in a patient who may otherwise have been...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Curable

Is psoriasis incurable? Are symptoms just managed or cured? The psoriasis cure can be very possible in some cases while not in others. Nowadays, most individuals living with psoriasis can achieve clear and nearly clinic...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Causes

What are some causes of psoriasis? The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. Psoriasis causes include a conglomerate of causes, including genetics, individual risk factors and triggers. Immune mechanisms, lifestyle choices, and environmental influences. There...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Treatment Options

“What treatment options are there for psoriasis? There are many effective psoriasis treatment options. Single therapy options can be considered, or combination therapy as well. Psoriasis treatment includes topical psoriasis creams, such as cleansers and...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for developing psoriasis? Risk factors for developing psoriasis include epidemiological characteristics, such as middle age, fair or Caucasian skin, and family history of similar rashes like psoriasis. Other risk factors...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Lifestyle Recommendations

“Are there any lifestyle recommendations which might be helpful for patients with psoriasis? Yes. There are actually lifestyle recommendations that are useful or helpful for patients with psoriasis, including dietary changes, lifestyle changes such as...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Prevention

“Psoriasis can sometimes be mitigated or prevented by working hard to avoid triggers and by addressing the condition early with targeted therapy. When you have psoriasis, it’s important to follow the advice of your primary...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Laser Treatment

There is a form of laser therapy that can be used to treat psoriasis. This is known as excimer laser. With this form of light therapy, there is a strong UVB light that can target...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Different Types

“There are definitely different types of psoriasis. Variants include chronic plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, linear psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis and pustular psoriasis. Psoriasis vulgaris is another term for plaque psoriasis and is a Latin medical term...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Dermatological Conditions

“Psoriasis is often mistaken for other dermatological conditions, such as dermatitis or rashes, connective tissue disorders, mycosis fungoides, autoimmune conditions, photosensitivity, and contact dermatitis, among other things. They can be narrowed down by response to...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Light Therapy

“Light therapy is first-line for moderate to severe psoriasis and can be used in combination with other medications, but it usually involves exposing the skin to small amounts of controlled or artificial light in certain...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Medication

“Medications that can be prescribed to help treat psoriasis. Yes, there are many different treatments that help to treat psoriasis. Certain medications include topical creams that you can apply once a day during flares and...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Injectable Treatment

Injectables, systemic treatments available for psoriasis. Yes, these are called biologics or biosimilars. These drugs are usually given in injectable form and can alter the immune system in a way that disrupts the disease cycle...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Symptoms

What are the symptoms of psoriasis? Psoriasis is accompanied by various symptoms. Psoriasis symptoms include scaly plaques, itching and swelling of associated skin, and inflammation. It usually presents with symmetrically distributed, reddish, and scaly pink...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Recurrence

Is recurrence of psoriasis common? Yes. Recurrence of psoriasis is common. Psoriasis may be recurrent, transient or persistent in nature. It is a dermatological condition that tends to come and go. However, sometimes it stays...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Doctor Visit

When should you see a doctor for psoriasis? If you have psoriasis, it’s always good to see your dermatologist. You have nothing to lose by seeking information, and will emerge hopefully more educated than before....

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Prevalence in Men and Woman

Is psoriasis more prevalent in men or woman? Psoriasis is prevalent in both men and women epidemiologically. It affects two to 4% of both men and women. They can begin at any age, including childhood....

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Oral Medications

What are some oral medications that can work for psoriasis? If you have moderate or severe psoriasis in which other treatments have not worked, including topicals, your dermatologist might actually prescribe an oral medication. Because...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Triggers

What can trigger a flare up of psoriasis? There are many triggers that can trigger a flare of psoriasis. Psoriasis triggers include sun exposure, steroid withdrawal, stress, alcohol, extreme weather changes, very warm or very...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Helpful Tips

“What are some other helpful items that can help prevent psoriasis flares? Avoiding scrapes, cuts, bumps, and infections is also important. It’s really important for people with psoriasis to avoid bumps, cuts and trauma to...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Diagnosis

How is psoriasis diagnosed? Psoriasis is typically diagnosed clinically on exam. Very rarely is a biopsy helpful. However, it can be used when narrowing down a diagnosis in a patient who may otherwise have been...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Curable

Is psoriasis incurable? Are symptoms just managed or cured? The psoriasis cure can be very possible in some cases while not in others. Nowadays, most individuals living with psoriasis can achieve clear and nearly clinic...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Causes

What are some causes of psoriasis? The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. Psoriasis causes include a conglomerate of causes, including genetics, individual risk factors and triggers. Immune mechanisms, lifestyle choices, and environmental influences. There...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Treatment Options

“What treatment options are there for psoriasis? There are many effective psoriasis treatment options. Single therapy options can be considered, or combination therapy as well. Psoriasis treatment includes topical psoriasis creams, such as cleansers and...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for developing psoriasis? Risk factors for developing psoriasis include epidemiological characteristics, such as middle age, fair or Caucasian skin, and family history of similar rashes like psoriasis. Other risk factors...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Lifestyle Recommendations

“Are there any lifestyle recommendations which might be helpful for patients with psoriasis? Yes. There are actually lifestyle recommendations that are useful or helpful for patients with psoriasis, including dietary changes, lifestyle changes such as...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Prevention

“Psoriasis can sometimes be mitigated or prevented by working hard to avoid triggers and by addressing the condition early with targeted therapy. When you have psoriasis, it’s important to follow the advice of your primary...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Laser Treatment

There is a form of laser therapy that can be used to treat psoriasis. This is known as excimer laser. With this form of light therapy, there is a strong UVB light that can target...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Different Types

“There are definitely different types of psoriasis. Variants include chronic plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, linear psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis and pustular psoriasis. Psoriasis vulgaris is another term for plaque psoriasis and is a Latin medical term...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Dermatological Conditions

“Psoriasis is often mistaken for other dermatological conditions, such as dermatitis or rashes, connective tissue disorders, mycosis fungoides, autoimmune conditions, photosensitivity, and contact dermatitis, among other things. They can be narrowed down by response to...

Watch and Share
Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Complications

Are there are any complications which can occur as a result of having psoriasis? Yes. There are definitely complications that can occur due to having psoriasis, particularly if it is untreated. Living with chronic inflammation...

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Anna Chacon, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Psoriasis – Alternative Treatments

“There are definitely alternative treatments for psoriasis, however, there are ongoing investigations looking into potential benefits and drawbacks of complementary and alternative medicine in this field. The use of natural treatment options can be effective...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Symptoms

“The symptoms of eczema are key and very important in making a clinical diagnosis. Most types of eczema have the following symptoms: itching, scaling, and flaking of the skin, puritis, excoriation from scratching and lichenification,...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Causes

“There are numerous causes of eczema so it is difficult to pinpoint one exact cause. Some causes of eczema include the following: genetic risk factors, family or personal predisposition to the disease, environmental influences and...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Allergies

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is related to allergies actually. Several allergies that can be associated with this condition include environmental or seasonal allergies and allergic rhinitis. Sometimes patients with a predisposition to atopic dermatitis also...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Contagious and Occurrence

I’m going to answer this question that many people have: is atopic dermatitis or eczema contagious? No, atopic dermatitis is not contagious. We do not know why it appears, although there’s been newer and more...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis – Medications

Topicals begin with a course of topical steroids, but also include options for nonsteroidal agents, such as pimecrolimus or tacrolimus ointments and creams. Topical crisaborole can also be used for mild to moderate eczema in...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

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Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis – Appointment

When should you see a doctor with if you have eczema or atopic dermatitis? I’m a very big advocate and believer in seeing a physician, dermatologist or other specialist when the condition is new, just...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

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Eczema – Product Aggravation

“So, are there certain products such as detergents, soaps, or perfumes that can cause or aggravate eczema? Yes. There are definitely certain products or personal care items which can make eczema worse. Some of these...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Prevention

While you sometimes may not fully be able to prevent eczema, you can make a lot of progress by practicing the basics of gentle skincare and keeping your skin adequately moisturized and not dry. Dry...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Overview

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a chronic inflammatory dermatologic condition characterized by dry and sometimes scaly patches that are itchy and can occur anywhere on the body. It is frequently associated with the atopic triad...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Lifestyle Modifications

Any lifestyle recommendations you would give to patients with atopic dermatitis and eczema? Yes. Some lifestyle recommendations include the use of gentle skincare products, such as Vaseline petrolatum and other soothing emollients to moisturize and...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Genetics

Eczema does sometimes have a strong genetic influence if your family members, such as parents or siblings, suffer from eczema or atopic dermatitis, it is very likely that you will also have it, at least...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Associated Conditions

Is eczema related to other conditions? Yes, eczema is associated and related to the atopic triad. This also includes asthma and allergic rhinitis. It may also be related to other conditions depending on individual patient...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Diagnosis

Eczema is typically diagnosed clinically by correlating the patient’s history, symptoms, and physical findings together with other causes of atopic dermatitis that you may have seen. In scenarios where the diagnosis is unclear or where...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Atopic Dermatitis – Treatment

“What else is included in the treatment of atopic dermatitis? Topical anti-inflammatory agents should be considered for mild to moderate disease, including a topical steroid of appropriate scent. High potency can be used for thickened...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Atopic Dermatitis – Complications

Complications that can develop due to eczema or atopic dermatitis include an impaired skin barrier, a modified immune system, which predisposes these patients to other skin infections. Affected skin in eczema is usually colonized by...

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Eczema – Incurable

Atopic dermatitis can be curable and can go away completely with adequate treatment. The sooner you get medical attention and begin your treatment plan, the greater the chance you have to make it go away....

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Anna Chacon, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Atopic Dermatitis – Treatment Options

“What treatment options are there for atopic dermatitis or eczema? The treatment options include topical medications, oral medications, and injectable therapies. There are also over the counter management recommendations, including regular use of emollients and...

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