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Welcome to Dr. Sommerville's Blog!

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June 7, 2013

Welcome to my blog! Within this regularly updated feature of my website, I will provide visitors with practice news and specials, as well as information regarding the most recent technological advances and new treatments in Dermatology. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to visit my new blog. Please check back often to learn about...  read more


Understanding allergic contact dermatitis

June 15, 2022
Dermatitis on skin, ill allergic rash dermatitis eczema

The development of a rash, along with itching and redness, may be an indication of an allergic reaction. A common type of rash is known as allergic contact dermatitis and may require the assistance of a medical professional such as a dermatologist to resolve. Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team in Chevy Chase, MD can...  read more


What is hyperhidrosis?

May 15, 2022
injections of botulinum toxin on the palms of a woman against hyperhidrosis.

If you have been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you know how difficult and embarrassing it can be. Many patients find that the excessive sweating cannot be controlled with antiperspirants alone. They may find themselves wearing darker clothing or layering to avoid the noticeable "pit stains" associated with this condition. With proper diagnosis and treatment, many patients...  read more


What is vitiligo and how can it be addressed?

April 15, 2022
Vitiligo on the hands

Chevy Chase, MD is home to many dermatologists, and it is not uncommon for them to interact with patients who are dealing with certain conditions such as vitiligo. Dr. Margaret Summerville is a dermatologist in the community who can help patients get a definitive diagnosis of their medical dermatology concern, as well as assistance with...  read more


What types of birthmarks are seen by dermatologists?

March 15, 2022
female with large brown spot on face under eye looking at mirror reflection

Birthmarks are a unique trait to many patients. When you are born, you may have had a mark on the skin. This mark can develop anywhere and may look different depending on the type of birthmark. At Chevy Chase Dermatology, Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team can evaluate a patient to determine the type of...  read more


Does chocolate cause acne?

February 14, 2022
Young woman with problem skin holding chocolate bar

There are many misconceptions about acne. Many think that acne is just a problem for hormonal teenagers. However, patients of all ages can get acne, even babies! And what about the myths regarding fried foods and chocolate. Do they really cause acne? Dr. Margaret Summerville and her team at Chevy Chase Dermatology in Chevy Chase,...  read more


Why patients choose laser hair removal

January 15, 2022

Do you find yourself spending time and money removing unwanted hair on a regular basis? Do you want a more permanent way to reduce or eliminate hair in a targeted area? If you are ready to work with a team of professionals to learn about the ways to address unwanted hair in a permanent way,...  read more


How to reduce excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis

December 15, 2021
Young woman with sweat stain on her clothes against grey background

Patients who have hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating that can not only be uncomfortable, but embarrassing. In fact, many patients who deal with this condition are often seeking solutions. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology is committed to providing patients with option to help, allowing individuals to improve their self-confidence with lasting treatments. Understanding hyperhidrosis...  read more


What is a ringworm?

November 15, 2021

When you hear of “ringworm,” you may believe that there is an actual worm in your skin. However, this is actually not the case. Instead, this is just the name of a fungal infection that affects the skin and can be easily treated after a proper diagnosis. At Chevy Chase Dermatology, we see patients regularly...  read more


Facial redness correction with Dr. Margaret Summerville

October 15, 2021

There are many reasons why a patient might be dealing with facial redness. This may include sun damaged skin, hormonal changes, rosacea, or contact dermatitis. Regardless, patients who are unable to reduce redness on their own with cosmetics or topical products available over-the-counter might consider reaching out to a dermatologist. A dermatologist is a medical...  read more


Warts 101: What you need to know about warts and wart removal

September 15, 2021

Patients with fleshy bumps that develop on the skin may be unsure as to what these growths are. In many cases, with a proper evaluation and diagnosis from Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology, patients will find that these bumps are actually warts. While the idea of a wart sounds scary, there are ways...  read more