Spotlight on Dr. Swapna Reddy

Dr. Swapna ReddyBIDMC dermatologist Swapna Reddy, MD, recently joined the Celiac Center to provide expert treatment and care for patients with skin conditions related to gluten sensitivity. She treats patients in Boston and Chestnut Hill.

"Together with my colleagues at the Celiac Center, we can help treat dermatologic symptoms as they relate to gluten-related disorders and help get you back to feeling your best,” Reddy says.     

Read more about skin conditions and get to know Dr. Reddy outside of the hospital.

Q: What can you tell us about gluten sensitivity and your skin?

SR: There is often a connection between diet and your skin. Those with gluten-related disorders who are also experiencing intensely itchy, blistering skin may also be diagnosed with a condition called dermatitis herpetiformis. This can be incredibly uncomfortable but often improves dramatically by eliminating gluten from your diet.

Q: What skincare advice do you share with patients?

SR: Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s important to take good care of it. Especially in the dry, winter months, I advise my patients to keep showers to less than ten minutes, using lukewarm water instead of hot water. This will help keep your skin hydrated.

One other tip: the best time to moisturize your skin is right after the shower. When your skin is damp, it's like a sponge and will soak up lots of moisturizer. I recommend thick emollients that come in a tub opposed to a pump bottle. Avoid scrubs which can be very harsh.

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

SR: I enjoy reading, trying new recipes, going to the theater and practicing yoga. I love staying active by riding my bike or running by the water. A fun fact about me is that I insist on only wearing comfortable shoes. You'll often be able to spot me in a crowd (and occasionally in clinic!) because of my neon orange sneakers. 

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