This FAQ includes our process and services as well as common questions about The Aron Regimen.
We are the only online practice in the United States specifically dedicated to treat adult and pediatric patients with difficult to control eczema. Our services are available to patients all over the world. Dr. Van Wagoner is able to directly manage your skin condition if you live in the State of Texas or Michigan, USA. For patients that live in the United Kingdom and Western/Eastern Europe, I am able to have our authorized Physician that works out of London, England to provide valid medication prescriptions for the Aron Regimen of Medications. These medications will be compounded by an authorized pharmacy/chemist in London, England and will mail the compounded medications directly to the patient. The pharmacy/chemist in London is named Landy’s Chemist and will charge the patient a fee for the compounding and delivery of such medications. This compounding and deliver fee is not part of the fee that our service charges for the consultation.
If you live in other states/countries, he is only able to make general recommendations about your care – these general recommendations will include a treatment plan and, if needed, a recommendation regarding the needed prescription medications that will help your condition. Most importantly, you will need to discuss this entire treatment plan with your primary care provider. You will also need to have your primary care provider provide the recommended medication prescriptions that we recommend for you since we are unable to provide valid medication prescriptions to our internet based clients. Please do not sign up with our service if you do not believe that your primary care provider will be able to sign off on the treatment plan and more importantly approve and provide the recommended medication prescriptions that you will need. No refunds are provided if you are unable to get the medication prescriptions converted by your own local primary care provider.
Pregnant or nursing mothers, or those who are trying to become pregnant, are not permitted to conduct an online doctor visit and instead are directed to visit their local physician for assistance with their eczema.
Yes, but the patient will need a parent or legal guardian to provide consent, oversee the online visit and handle payment details.
We welcome helping those patients who are not capable of caring for themselves or are perhaps uncomfortable using technology. We can only provide these services through a guardian or surrogate contact who is legally authorized to act on behalf of a patient. All that is required is the surrogate’s relationship to the patient, the surrogate’s contact information, the patient’s name and the surrogate’s electronic signature to attest that the surrogate is legally authorized to act on the patient’s behalf.
Yes! For eczema specialists, looking at digital photos uploaded by online patients mimics what they’ve already experienced during their education and training to become a dermatologist or allergist. We are very familiar with analyzing and diagnosing many conditions based on just images and a written history – which makes an online eczema practice such a natural extension of their practice.
At this time, Dr. John Van Wagoner is the sole consulting physician. Dr. Van Wagoner has been hand-picked by Dr. Richard Aron to bring this revolutionary eczema treatment to the U.S. If you desire that Dr. Richard Aron manage and treat your eczema, please use his online website at www.draron.com.
An online visit with Dr. Van Wagoner will ask for much of the same information needed for an in-office visit. You will be asked about your current condition, include photos of your skin condition and provide a brief medical history.
Sometimes Dr. Van Wagoner may determine that it would be best to provide for an online video call to complete the new patient and or follow up consultations. Our system will let you know if this is required and will provide you with instructions on how to do the video call in order to complete your online visit.
On average, you will receive a response from Dr. Van Wagoner within 3 business days.
You can begin the process of finding freedom from your eczema anytime. We are available 24/7/365. You can send your information and pictures from anywhere at any time and get an accurate diagnosis and complete treatment plan in 3 business days, usually less.
Dr. John Van Wagoner will review your case and then provide you with a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. You will be notified by email and/or text message when this plan is available for you to review. Your complete diagnosis and treatment plan will be sent to you in a secure email. From that email, you may then print, email or fax a copy of this information for your records and or for your primary care physician to review. A copy of this record will be securely stored in your Eczema Specialist account to access at a later date.
Your visit with the eczema specialist covers only the online visit. Depending on your case, Dr. Van Wagoner may determine that an in-office diagnostic or therapeutic procedure is needed to best address your condition. That in-office visit would be outside of the visit completed online through this service, and payment for those services would be separate.
Your treatment plan will be very thorough and should provide you with all the information you need. A very useful Eczema Guide of common recommendations will be sent with your treatment plan and should be reviewed thoroughly by all patients. This guide answers most questions patients may have about their eczema and its treatment. However, if you have an additional question for your doctor, you may ask for a follow up online consultation for an additional fee through our online platform.
Each visit covers the thorough review, diagnosis and treatment recommendations for only 1 condition.
Seeing your skin condition from different angles and distances helps our eczema specialists make more accurate diagnostic and treatment decisions. For best results, make sure the photos are also taken where there is good light and that they are in focus. Do not alter the photos in any way (i.e. no filters or effects). Parental consent is needed for photos of underage patients.
We adhere to the national patient information security standards found in both HIPAA and HITECH regulations. Your photos, personal and medical information, video chat, or diagnosis will never be made public.
You can use your desktop computer, tablet computer, or smartphone to access our destination website at www.eczemaspecialist.com to start your request for consultation. A mobile app is not required.
We always strive to give our patients the best possible medical advice from the information we are provided. You will receive an answer; however, our doctors may be less certain if the information provided was bad, blurry, vague, inadequate or hard to interpret.
Dr. Van Wagoner is only able to provide valid medication prescriptions for patients that live in the States of Texas or Michigan. If you live outside the States of Texas or Michigan, he will not able to provide the recommended medication prescriptions for you. You will need to discuss what medications you need with your own local primary care provider. Dr. Van Wagoner is only able to provide general recommendations about your condition. All recommended medication prescriptions will need to originate from your own local primary care provider. Dr. Van Wagoner will be able to suggest what those medications should be but is unable to provide the valid prescriptions for you. Only your own local primary care provider can provide those valid prescriptions for you.
Dr. Van Wagoner is only able to refill any medications he has previously prescribed for you, as long as you were a New Patient with his online service prior to November 1, 2017. If you were a New Patient any time after that date, Dr. Van Wagoner will not be able to refill any medications for you through this online service but instead you will be directed to follow up with your primary care provider to obtain all necessary medication prescriptions you may need. If you are need in additional advice regarding how to manage your eczema, Dr. Van Wagoner requires a follow up consult through our website and the payment of a $50 fee in order to provide any general medical advice regarding your skin condition.
If Dr. Van Wagoner determines that you would benefit from The Aron Regimen of treatment, he will also send you specific instructions on how to mix the required medications in the convenience of your home. This process is simple and very straightforward. Typically, it will take about 20 minutes to complete this mixing process. You are always welcome and encouraged to ask your local compounding pharmacy to mix these medications for you if you are not comfortable mixing the medications. Typically there is a fee charged by the pharmacy for that process. This fee is not part of the fee paid to this website.
No. Dr. Van Wagoner does not have access to any medical record you may have established with Dr. Richard Aron. Former and or current patients of Dr. Richard Aron that need a medication refill must contact his website directly at www.draron.com. Alternatively, you always have the option of requesting a New Patient Consultation with me- There is a one-time $250 fee associated with a New Patient Consultation, a $50 fee for any Follow-up Consultation thereafter
Dr. Van Wagoner is only able to send valid medication prescriptions for patients that live in the States of Texas or Michigan. Unfortunately, Dr. Van Wagoner is not able to provide the recommended medication prescriptions for you if you live in any other location. You will need to discuss what medications you need with your own local primary care provider. Dr. Van Wagoner is only able to provide general recommendations about your condition. All necessary medication prescriptions will need to originate from your own local primary care provider. Dr. Van Wagoner will be able to suggest what those medications should be but is unable to provide the valid prescriptions for you. Only your own local primary care provider can provide those valid prescriptions for you.
No, unfortunately Dr. Van Wagoner and Dr. Aron do not share patient information. As such, Dr. Van Wagoner is unable to “convert” Dr. Aron prescriptions. Dr. Van Wagoner is also unable to honor and or apply any money already paid to Dr. Ricard Aron.
Not typically because most cases of Seborrhea Dermatitis are a localized inflammatory response to an infection on the skin with a yeast called Malassezia that responds better to an antifungal medication that is not found in the Aron Regimen. But there are some cases of difficult to treat Seborrhea Dermatitis that may benefit from the addition of the Aron Regimen of medications if it does not initially respond to topical antifungal therapy.
While most cases of moderate to severe atopic eczema do respond to the Aron Regimen of medicines we may prescribe, there are definitely cases that may need additional and or alternative therapies. We recommend that you complete the recommended Follow-Up Consultation Request and describe the issue and or issues that you are still having. Dr. Van Wagoner will review all previous therapies, your updated photos of the difficult areas and will make appropriate adjustments that hopefully will provide the freedom you are looking for. Please note that Atopic Dermatitis found on the face, hands, and or ankles can be uniquely challenging and may need stronger therapy that Dr. Van Wagoner can recommend.
In most cases, the steroid in the Aron Regimen will not cause clinically significant thinning of the skin because it is significantly diluted by the addition of the moisturizer cream and the antibiotic ointment. Frequent follow up with our service is required so that we may monitor your skin and look for any side effects and/or complications that may result from using the Aron Regimen. When the eczema is controlled, the frequency of applications may be reduced and even the strength of the steroid may be reduced. Dr. Van Wagoner will notify you when those changes can take place.
Bacteria can and do become resistant to the antibiotic ointment but the use of the mupirocin ointment in the mixture produces such an incredibly rapid degree of relief from the itch and burn and redness that any such risk is typically worth taking. When control is achieved the antibiotic element in the mixture may be removed.
No- Unfortunately, our service is not able to refund your money if you are unable to find a provider to write for the necessary medications that our service recommends. That is why we strongly encourage you to find out before hand if your local provider would be willing to perform that service for you before you sign up with us. Please feel free to make/print a copy and discuss the following document with your primary care provider before signing up with our service- this document would serve as an invitation for both of you to decide if using the Aron Regimen would be a good alternative for you: “Letter of Invitation to Your Primary Care Provider Regarding the Aron Regimen”.
The cost for conducting an initial new patient online consultation visit with Dr. Van Wagoner is $250.00, and we accept all major credit cards and PayPal. Costs of any prescriptions and any follow-up appointments are not covered by this new patient online consultation visit fee. The cost for conducting any subsequent online follow up visits is $50 each. This fee does not include the cost of any prescriptions, compounding of medications and or any further follow up appointments.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide any refunds. As is the case with all medical treatments, 100% success can not be guaranteed.
No. Unfortunately, we do not accept payments from third party insurance companies for this services we offer. We only accept payment directly from the patient. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card and American Express credit cards and debit cards. Checks and cash are not accepted.
No. Unfortunately, we do not accept payment in the form of cash or a personal check. We only accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card and American Express credit cards and debit cards.
No- unfortunately because Dr. Van Wagoner does not provide specific medical advice and a confidential patient- physician relationship is not established through this online service, Dr. Van Wagoner is not able to provide you with a valid EOB regarding the money you payed for this online medical service. You may use the receipt you obtain through PayPal as evidence of your payment for this general consultative service but Dr. Van Wagoner can not and will not guarantee that this receipt will be accepted by your insurance company or Health savings account.
Dr. Van Wagoner and Dr. Richard Aron do work very closely with one another but are not partners in a formal way. Dr. Van Wagoner is an authorized medical provider for the Aron Regimen. Dr. Van Wagoner’s intent is to replicate the Aron Regimen as best he can with regards to the same medications prescribed and the amounts of each used in the Aron Regimen.
This depends on how long the patient has had AE and its severity. Most of the patients I treat are in the severe category so a minimum period of 6 months is likely.
Most patients with eczema, perhaps as high as 90%, are infected or colonized with bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) and the use of additional moisturizers in the bath or directly on the skin, far from helping, may make matters worse.
Usually with the same cream as for other areas. Dove Cream Bar Sensitive lather may also be used as a shampoo.
It is important to eliminate all colorings, preservatives and processed foods from the diet. In addition, avoid foodstuffs that allergy testing has indicated you are clinically allergic to. This may include dairy, wheat, eggs etc. We may advise allergy testing to help us determine what you may be sensitive to.
Bleach baths are not typically recommended.
All physical activity including any sporting activities which produce sweat and friction are not recommended until a significant improvement in your skin is achieved. Swimming should also be stopped.
Most patients tolerate Dove Cream Bar Sensitive, my preferred product.