Can we prevent atopic dermatitis?

atopic dermatitis

The 76th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology brought together dermatologists and healthcare professionals in dermatology-related specialities from around the world. An interesting question was raised – of particular interest in general practice – as to whether we can prevent atopic dermatitis. Continue reading “Can we prevent atopic dermatitis?”

How effective is methotrexate in paediatric alopecia areata?

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How effective is methotrexate for treating paediatric alopecia areata? A study in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment reviewed the efficacy and safety of methotrexate in 14 paediatric patients with alopecia areata. Continue reading “How effective is methotrexate in paediatric alopecia areata?”

What is the relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome?

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What is the relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome? A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology sought to determine the association between the two conditions.

Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. Several studies have suggested a relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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Hand Eczema in Healthcare Workers

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Eczema on the hands is more common in healthcare workers than in the general population, as the hands of doctors, nurses and other medical staff are subject to increased washing and sterilisation as a result of mandatory hygiene regulations. Is there a way to curb the rate of hand eczema while maintaining workplace health standards?

A study looked at exposure to hygiene procedures and investigated the associations between occupational hand washing, use of non-sterile gloves and hand disinfectant, and self-reported hand eczema.
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Are light therapies effective for treating acne?

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There is no clinical evidence to prove the effectiveness of light therapies for the treatment of acne, according to a review published in JAMA Dermatology Clinical Evidence Synopsis.

The American Medical Association journal found that although a wide range of light therapies of different wavelengths, doses and active substances are purported to safely and effectively treat acne, the evidence for all of them “remains weak and inconclusive”. Continue reading “Are light therapies effective for treating acne?”

Vitiligo: Factors Affecting Patients’ Quality of Life

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Little is known about factors affecting the quality of life of patients with vitiligo. Vitiligo is a chronic depigmentation disorder characterised by well-demarcated white macules and patches, reflecting selective melanocyte destruction. The condition affects about two per cent of the population and remains a major challenge in dermatology.

Although vitiligo is generally asymptomatic, it profoundly impacts quality of life. Many patients experience stigmatisation, low self-esteem and social isolation due to their unusual appearance. Vitiligo is often regarded as a cosmetic issue, and impairment of quality of life tends to be underestimated. Continue reading “Vitiligo: Factors Affecting Patients’ Quality of Life”

Pigment Changes in Patients Treated with Targeted Anticancer Agents

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For patients undergoing treatment with targeted anticancer agents, what is the risk of experiencing pigment changes to the skin and hair?

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology determined the incidence and risk of patients experiencing pigment changes after undergoing therapy with anticancer drugs. Continue reading “Pigment Changes in Patients Treated with Targeted Anticancer Agents”

Preventing Skin Problems in Newborn Babies

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What is the most effective skincare routine for reducing skin problems in newborn babies? More than 50 per cent of newborns have skin problems such as diaper dermatitis, seborrheic eczema and prickly heat. This is because newborns’ skin can easily become dry, leaving the skin vulnerable. An effective newborn skincare protocol has not been established and doctors can sometimes struggle to offer dependable advice to parents. Continue reading “Preventing Skin Problems in Newborn Babies”

New Eczema Treatment Puts Sufferers Into Remission

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A new eczema treatment approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration has been shown to put chronic sufferers into remission.

In a two-year trial of the drug Dupixent, some patients’ eczema completely disappeared within eight weeks. Continue reading “New Eczema Treatment Puts Sufferers Into Remission”

Acne Patients at Significantly Higher Risk of Major Depression

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People with acne have a significantly increased risk of developing major depression, but only in the first five years after diagnosis, according to a study recently published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Canadian researchers conducted an analysis of nearly two million people and found that people with acne are at greatest risk for major depression within a year of their diagnosis. Their risk of suffering from major depression during this time is 63 per cent higher than for people who do not suffer from the skin condition. Continue reading “Acne Patients at Significantly Higher Risk of Major Depression”