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Great Lakes Dermatology

3601 - 30Th Ave. Ste. 201

Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144

United States

Company Description

Your kind of skin care dermatology serving Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and entire southeastern Wisconsin. ... more

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Background Information


American Academy of Dermatology



Environmental Population Organism Biology

University of Colorado


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Dr. Armus

Dr. Armus
Board-eligible dermatologist and fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Steven Armus earned his BA from the University of Colorado in Environmental Population Organism Biology in 1982.

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Steven Armus did well as a dermatologist, but truly excelled as a government informant after he was charged in his own federal cocaine trafficking conspiracy, even helping bust his own patients.

More than four years after pleading guilty to a crime that usually gets someone a decade in prison, Armus was sentenced Friday to the time he has been free on supervision - time served. His only time in jail was a few hours after his initial arrest in 2009.
In 2010, federal prosecutors charged Armus and six others in an eight-count indictment with running a cocaine ring in Racine and Kenosha counties from 2006 to 2009. Some of the distribution also occurred at a Franklin strip club Armus frequented with the others.
Armus pleaded guilty in September 2011 to conspiracy to distribute more than 10 pounds of crack cocaine, as well as possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The penalty for the conspiracy charge is usually 10 years to life.
Soon after, Armus began his cooperation with the Racine County Metro Drug Unit. A commander there asked Adelman in a letter if there was a way he could convict Armus of just a misdemeanor.
According to court records, Armus helped authorities investigate not only drug trafficking but health care fraud and public corruption that led to felony charges against eight defendants, all at "great financial costs and considerable personal risk" to Armus.
Three men charged in state court with selling cocaine to Armus while he was an informant were his own patients. One argued that being set up by his doctor violated physician-patient confidentiality and amounted to "outrageous government conduct."
Before a judge ever ruled on that motion, prosecutors cut a deal that netted the patient probation on a misdemeanor conviction, not the original felonies. A second patient got a similar deal. A third, who had cognitive disabilities and no criminal record before he saw Armus for an eczema problem, was convicted of a single felony but received a suspended sentence.
The three men filed ethics complaints against Armus with the state Medical Examining Board, and submitted a letter to Adelman in May explaining how they felt Armus abused his relationship and access to information in their medical files to get them to sell him cocaine. The three men filed ethics complaints against Armus with the state Medical Examining Board, and submitted a letter to Adelman in May explaining how they felt Armus abused his relationship and access to information in their medical files to get them to sell him cocaine.
In a written response, Knight characterized the letter as part of "very public, well-financed campaign" to smear Armus and said the men's discussions with Armus were never part of privileged medical discussions.
Armus had been the majority owner of Great Lakes Dermatology, with nine clinics around southeastern Wisconsin that treated many Medicare and Medicaid patients. Because of his conviction, Armus could no longer participate in those programs and ultimately sold the business.
While awaiting sentencing, Armus has traveled extensively around the country to Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York City and New Jersey, according to court records.

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"It's any inflammation of the skin," said Dr. Steven Armus, a dermatologist with Great Lakes Dermatology. Eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis, is one of the most common forms of dermatitis and a common reason patients seek dermatological treatment.

The condition often causes itchy, dry, red, scaly patches on flexural surfaces (such as the back of knees or the inner part of the arm), although it can form anywhere on the body. It can become quite uncomfortable, keeping people up at night and potentially leading to infection of the affected skin. The rash often gets considerably worse in the winter and better in the summer. Patients with atopic dermatitis usually have a background of asthma, allergy or hay fever, Dr. Armus said. "This is a condition that can start anytime in life, from very young to very old," Dr. Armus said, adding that young kids may outgrow it but usually have sensitive skin issues throughout life."Patients with atopic dermatitis should use moisturizers and mild cleansers, like Dove or Oil of Olay. If that doesn't completely address the condition, a dermatologist can prescribe corticosteroid ointments, Dr. Armus said. The vast majority of patients respond to the topical steroid ointments, but some may need oral steroids, ultraviolet light treatments and, in some cases, treatment for secondary infections, he said.
Another common type of dermatitis is contact dermatitis, where a reaction occurs because of exposure to certain environmental allergens. This can often become a workplace issue, involving worker's compensation claims and work restrictions to avoid the allergen. Reactions can range from scaly rashes and swelling to oozing skin and infections. In some cases, the rash can become quite serious and systemic, affecting the mouth and breathing."Those people have to avoid contact with that irritant at all costs," Dr. Armus said.
Rashes from poison ivy are a form of contact dermatitis. It's the body's reaction to a toxin in the plant - anywhere a rash or blister formed, some of the toxin got on the skin. "Everybody who comes in contact with poison ivy over time will react at some point," Dr. Armus said. In the beginning, there might not be a reaction; it might occur two weeks later, he said. And as you contact it more and more, the reaction will come quicker and quicker. Treatment involves topical or oral corticosteroids. If a person has a rash from poison ivy, it's not contagious - only the plant's toxin causes a reaction. Also, Dr. Armus noted that patients in Wisconsin don't really have to worry about poison oak, which is virtually non-existent in the state. And poison sumac is something folks would encounter only in swampy areas. If contact occurs with poison ivy, washing off the toxins within a half hour can help diminish a reaction. Dr. Armus warns to be careful with clothing that contacted the plant; it can still carry the toxin.

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Dr. Steven Armus was arrested during a traffic stop in Kenosha County last month. A sheriff's deputy says he found more than 26 grams of cocaine on Armus and in his car and more than $4,000 in cash.

Deputies say Armus told them he quit using cocaine last summer or fall and was picking up the drugs for some friends.
Armus is on staff at Great Lakes Dermatology, which has offices in Racine, Walworth, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties.

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