Dermatologist Specializes In Treating Underserved Patients With Diverse Skin Tones
The Sacramento Bee profiles the work of UC Davis' Dr. Oma Agbai who trained to work with African-American women. Multicultural dermatology is a growing area of medicine as demographics change.
The Sacramento Bee:
UC Davis Dermatologist Offers Skin Care For People Of All Tones
April Reding started finding painful, walnut-sized boils on her armpits and in her groin during her teenage years, an outbreak that stressed her out and made it difficult to sleep. Dermatologists gave her confusing diagnoses and ineffective treatments as the lesions continued to grow and burst. That ended when Reding, now 34, started seeing Dr. Oma Agbai, a UC Davis dermatologist who specializes in patients with non-white skin tones. Agbai was able to identify the rare chronic condition hidradenitis suppurativa, which is found more commonly in African American women. She came up with an aggressive treatment plan that includes steroid injections and a new pill prescription called Accutane. (Caiola, 5/30)