Skin Disorders

Most psoriasis patients being treated accordingly

Most psoriasis patients being treated accordingly

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Providers may have not made changes to treatment strategies due to the high effectiveness of biologics in most visits.

Multiple dermatologic rashes complicate psoriasis diagnosis

Multiple dermatologic rashes complicate psoriasis diagnosis

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The dermatitis patient can be extremely complex in their presentation, as well as have multiple dermatoses complicating the diagnosis.

Eczema heightens fracture risk in adults

Eczema heightens fracture risk in adults

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The combined lifetime risk for hip, forearm, and vertebral fractures that will require clinical attention is approximately 40%.

Eczema rates increase among children

Eczema rates increase among children

Due to a lack of pediatric dermatologists, primary-care clinicians are handling the influx of children with atopic dermatitis.

Dupilumab effective for atopic dermatitis

Dupilumab effective for atopic dermatitis

A 50% reduction in the Eczema Area and Severity Index score (EASI-50) seen in 85% of patients in the dupilumab group.

New option 
for actinic 
keratosis

New option 
for actinic 
keratosis

Results from four clinical trials in adults show Picato topical gel helps clear actinic keratosis on the face, scalp, trunk and extremities.

Diffuse erythematous papules

Diffuse erythematous papules

A 3-year-old boy and 45-year-old man present separately to the dermatology clinic with similar looking erythematous rashes. Can you differentiate between the two?

Newly developed brown papules

Newly developed brown papules

Two patients present with newly developed brown papules. The first patient, a 45-year-old man, presented with a new mole that continues to grow and is associated with occasional pruritus and bleeding. The second patient, a 47-year-old man, presented with a 6-month history of a brown, growing "mole." Can you differentiate between the two?

Diagnosing scalp conditions

How can clinicians tell the difference between seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis?

Hospital uniforms may be reservoirs for infection

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More than half of clinician uniforms sampled from a large hospital tested positive for harmful pathogens, including MRSA.

GP100 vaccine with IL-2 improved melanoma outcomes

New data indicate that combining GP100 with interleukin-2 increased clinical response, delayed recurrence and may improve survival among patients with advanced melanoma

Teens and indoor tanning: communicating health risks

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When discussing indoor tanning with adolescent patients, appealing to their sense of vanity can go a long way toward dissuading them from engaging in risky behaviors.

Vitamin D increases skin cancer risk

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Participants in a prospective cohort study who had higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels, a marker of vitamin D intake and storage, were more likely to develop squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas.

Clindamycin best antibiotic for pediatric SSTIs

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Clindamycin therapy resulted in fewer recurrences and treatment failures among children with skin and soft tissue infections vs. trimethroprim-sulfamethoxazole or beta-lactam antibiotics.

Skin cancer over- and under-recognized

Skin cancer over- and under-recognized

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Many of the skin lesions for which primary-care providers refer patients to a dermatologist are noncancerous, but specialists often notice other lesions that are malignant.

MRSA infections not limited to hospitals

MRSA infections not limited to hospitals

The Infectious Diseases Society of America's first treatment guidelines on this topic focus on the management of community-acquired infections.

Time, modesty may impede skin exams

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Time constraints, competing comorbidities, and patient embarrassment are the most frequent barriers to skin cancer screening.

When is it OK for a clinician to return to work after MRSA?

What treatment and/or confirmatory testing are required before a health-care professional who has been diagnosed with MRSA infection can resume working with patients?

Managing dermatitis

Are topical steroids appropriate for chronic psoriasiform dermatitis?

Shingles vaccine reduces disease risk by 50%

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New data challenge earlier findings that the vaccine is less effective in people older than 75 years.

Keratotic palms paired with brittle nails

Keratotic palms paired with brittle nails

A 42-year-old man presented with abnormally thick skin of the palms.

Nonhealing hand ulcer turns erythematous

Nonhealing hand ulcer turns erythematous

A woman aged 34 years was referred for treatment of a recurrent, painful, nonhealing ulcer of six months' duration on her left hand.

IDSA releases first MRSA treatment guidelines

IDSA releases first MRSA treatment guidelines

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Clinicians now have practice guidelines to follow when managing patients with MRSA infections.

A young girl's painful rash

A six-year-old girl has been suffering from rashes on the face, chest, and trunk that occur for a week or two, then clear only to recur the next month.

Blisters on swollen ankles

What could be causing blisters in a 52-year old patient with no other symptoms and an unremarkable health history?

Patient seeks alternative therapy for melanoma

Cancer metastasis when patient ignores oncology referral.

Shingles can be treated—and now prevented

Shingles can be treated—and now prevented

Older patients are at greatest risk for debilitating postherpetic neuralgia, but antiviral therapies ease the pain, and a new vaccine offers hope of prevention.

Two erythematous leg rashes

Two erythematous leg rashes

Two women with considerable comorbidities present with lower leg trouble.

Widely used rheumatoid arthritis drugs may bring on shingles

Drugs that inhibit tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) may significantly raise the risk of herpes zoster

Nail pitting causes

In addition to psoriasis, what other conditions cause nail pitting?

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