[3 min read] Methotrexate in the treatment of alopecia areata

methotrexate

Methotrexate has been used both as monotherapy and as an adjunct to corticosteroids in the treatment of alopecia areata, but there is only a small amount of definitive evidence and guidelines in this setting. Continue reading “[3 min read] Methotrexate in the treatment of alopecia areata”

[4 min read] Australasian College of Dermatologists’ position statement on isotretinoin for acne

isotretinoin

The Australasian College of Dermatologists has published a position statement on isotretinoin for the treatment of acne. The statement provides evidence-based information about isotretinoin for the treatment of acne in the Australian clinical and regulatory context, and in particular, use in women of childbearing potential, other contraindications, precautions, dosage, adverse effects and mental health. Continue reading “[4 min read] Australasian College of Dermatologists’ position statement on isotretinoin for acne”

[4 min read] What is the association between diet and seborrhoeic dermatitis?

seborrhoeic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis – a form of skin inflammation that usually occurs on the scalp, face or torso, in or around areas that naturally produce an oily substance known as sebum – is a chronic disease and although there are a large number of treatments, none are curative. Continue reading “[4 min read] What is the association between diet and seborrhoeic dermatitis?”

[4 min read] Does laser therapy reduce scarring during wound healing?

laser therapy

Can laser therapy help to reduce the appearance of scars during wound healing? Recently, various lasers have increasingly been applied during wound healing to minimise scar formation; however, no consensus regarding treatment procedures exists.

A new study assessed scar formation clinically after three non-ablative fractional laser exposures, targeting the inflammation, proliferation and remodelling wound healing phases in patients versus untreated controls. Continue reading “[4 min read] Does laser therapy reduce scarring during wound healing?”

[3 min read] Half of health care workers have experienced dermatitis

dermatitis

Almost half of health care workers have experienced dermatitis, according to research by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. A retrospective study of health care workers assessed in Australian dermatology clinics found that 49.7 per cent had experienced allergic contact dermatitis. Continue reading “[3 min read] Half of health care workers have experienced dermatitis”

[5 min read] Australian healthy skin guidelines

Aboriginal child _ guidelines

The Australian Healthy Skin Consortium has published the inaugural ‘National Healthy Skin Guideline: for the Prevention, Treatment and Public Health Control of Impetigo, Scabies, Crusted Scabies and Tinea for Indigenous Populations and Communities in Australia.’ The aim of the guidelines is to help healthcare providers recognise, diagnose, treat and prevent skin infections in Indigenous communities. Continue reading “[5 min read] Australian healthy skin guidelines”

[3 min read] Venous leg ulcers: exercise with compression vs compression alone

venous leg ulcers

Is an exercise regimen combined with compression more effective at treating venous leg ulcers than just compression alone? Exercise is recommended as an adjuvant treatment for venous leg ulceration to improve calf muscle pump function. However, the association of exercise with leg ulcer healing has not been properly aggregated, and the effectiveness of different exercise interventions has not been characterised. Continue reading “[3 min read] Venous leg ulcers: exercise with compression vs compression alone”

[4 min read] Filaggrin mutations: association with eczema, asthma and healthcare costs

filaggrin

Are filaggrin mutations associated with increased prescribing for eczema and asthma, and is increased prescribing associated with increased healthcare costs?  Continue reading “[4 min read] Filaggrin mutations: association with eczema, asthma and healthcare costs”

[3 min read] Do cleansers help relieve acne?

acne cleanser

Do over-the-counter cleansers help relieve symptoms of acne? Over-the-counter cleansers and washers are common interventions in acne vulgaris but the clinical evidence for their benefit is poorly understood. Continue reading “[3 min read] Do cleansers help relieve acne?”

[3 min read] Do antihistamines help to treat atopic dermatitis?

atopic dermatitis
Do antihistamines help to treat atopic dermatitis? Antihistamines are often used to treat itchiness associated with the skin condition, even though there is a lack of evidence for their efficacy. The American Academy of Dermatology does not recommend the general use of antihistamines in the management of atopic dermatitis. However, the value of short-term sedating antihistamine use for insomnia (secondary to itchiness caused by the condition) is recognised.

Continue reading “[3 min read] Do antihistamines help to treat atopic dermatitis?”