Interview with Jane S. Bellet, MD
Temple University Hospital
Department of Dermatology
In this episode of Under Your Skin, Dr. Nick Brownstone sits down with Dr. Jane Bellet to hear about a common misperception she hears from her patients, her best tip for treating hemangiomas in pediatric patients, and her opinion on what condition we need better treatments for in dermatology.
What is the most common misperception you hear from your patients?
The most common misperception Dr. Bellet hears from her patients is that they shouldn’t apply sunscreen to babies under 6 months of age. She advises her patients that while babies should still be shaded and wear protective clothing outside, it’s essential to use a physical blocker with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to prevent sunburn.
What is your best tip for treating pediatric patients with hemangiomas?
Dr Bellet advises that the most important thing to do when treating a hemangioma in pediatric patients is to treat early. She emphasizes that doctors should not delay referring patients to a pediatric dermatologist as young as possible since treatments for hemangiomas work better when the patients are younger.
Which conditions do we need better therapies for in dermatology?
In Dr. Bellet’s opinion, dermatology needs better therapies for nail lichen planus. Dermatologists often struggle to treat it, and she hopes that in the future, better treatment options will develop.