COVID-19 has proven to be a highly infectious and rapidly spreading virus. In the interest of protecting our patients and staff we have made the difficult decision to close our office for the rest of the week and probably another 1-3 weeks depending on the spread of this pandemic. We will notify those of you with appointments on a week by week basis as to the status of your appointment. Thank you in advance for understanding. I will be authorizing refill requests and responding to urgent calls through our answering service. If you need to schedule a telemedicine visit via Skype/Facetime you may do so here:
PLEASE RESCHEDULE any other routine or non-urgent (even hair salon!) appointments outside of your home. Many other doctor offices and healthcare facilities are offering tele-visits as well. Please take advantage of these as much as possible. If you MUST go to the grocery, pharmacy, or lab please chose venues and times where you will interact with as few people as possible.
1) Please be advised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now reached ‘pandemic’ status according to the World Health Organization based on its rapid rate of transmission across the globe and relatively high fatality rate (10x higher than the seasonal flu). Persons who are contagious may not even be aware of their ability to infect others for the first 5-11 days before they develop symptoms (high fever, cough, shortness of breath). This virus is especially dangerous to older or immunosuppressed persons.
2) For these reasons please limit your travel, time in large groups, and wash your hands frequently. Do not touch your face unless your hands have been freshly washed or sanitized. If you are noticing symptoms please call us right away so that we may reschedule your appointment. This would be a great courtesy to other patients and to our own staff members and their families.
3) Based on the rise in coronavirus cases across the state of Louisiana we are also inviting our out of town patients to reschedule for 4-8 weeks out in an effort to help reduce the potential spread of any possible viral particles. We will be happy to provide whatever refills are necessary in this interim period to continue medicine as needed. If lab work is required we will communicate that to you.
4) We have received many inquiries as to whether patients should stop certain hair loss medications. At this time it is not necessary to stop any medications. However IF YOU BECOME SICK and are prescribed any of the following IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE medications for cicatricial alopecia or alopecia areata please STOP THEM and notify our office immediately:
-Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil)
Other hair loss medications such as minoxidil, finasteride, dutasteride, and spironolactone have no effect on your immune system. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is an immunomodulator but not an immunosuppressive drug therefore ok. Doxycycline is an antibiotic and is also ok.
Please join in our efforts to keep you and everyone around you safe and healthy during this unusual time.
Nicole Rogers, MD, FAAD