[7 min read] Patch testing in primary care

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Patch testing is the best diagnostic tool to evaluate patients with suspected allergic contact dermatitis. The test involves applying common allergens to the patient’s skin and assessing for a skin reaction days later. Continue reading “[7 min read] Patch testing in primary care”

[2 min read] Understanding Rosacea: New patient resource

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April is Rosacea Awareness Month – an opportunity for medical professionals to educate their patients on the symptoms, triggers and treatment options for this common skin condition affecting 1 in every 10 individuals. Continue reading “[2 min read] Understanding Rosacea: New patient resource”

[8 min read] Common pigmentary conditions presenting in general practice

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Pigmentary conditions present as discolouration of the skin. Typically in the form of patches, blemishes, spots, or freckles. The affected areas can be darker or lighter than the surrounding skin. Continue reading “[8 min read] Common pigmentary conditions presenting in general practice”

[8 min read] A practical approach to pregnant patients presenting with skin rash in a primary care setting

pregnancy dermatoses

For many women, pregnancy can mean lots of changes in their bodies. Fluctuating hormones and growing bellies can cause pregnancy dermatoses. It’s important to know which of these dermatoses may be dangerous, especially to both mum and baby. Because general dermatology may not always be readily available in remote regions, primary care doctors have an important role to play in the recognition and management of pregnancy dermatoses. Continue reading “[8 min read] A practical approach to pregnant patients presenting with skin rash in a primary care setting”

[2 min read] Dermatitis among healthcare workers during COVID-19

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As part of their everyday work, healthcare workers are exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection. During the COVID-19 outbreak, more stringent handwashing and personal protective equipment (PPE) procedures have been adopted to prevent transmission of the virus. However, there is some evidence that these practices have had a negative impact on skin health. Continue reading “[2 min read] Dermatitis among healthcare workers during COVID-19”

Invitation to join RACGP Special Interests Dermatology

RACGP Special Interests Dermatology

If you are a general practitioner with a special interest in general dermatology and would like to have input at the national RACGP level, HealthCert Education alumni are invited to join the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Specific Interests (RACGP SI) Dermatology body. Dr Jeremy Hudson, Chair of RACGP SI Dermatology, extends this invitation in the below letter. Continue reading “Invitation to join RACGP Special Interests Dermatology”

[2 min read] Ruddiness, rosacea and redness

Do you see patients who suffer from a ruddy complexion, redness, rosacea, visible veins, or skin that flushes easily? They might struggle to find ways to improve their symptoms, especially during warm weather, pregnancy, and as they get older. Continue reading “[2 min read] Ruddiness, rosacea and redness”

[6 min read] Rosacea triggers and treatments

rosacea

Around the ages of 30 to 50, many patients notice a persisting red flush across their nose and cheeks. It can look like acne, with redness, bumps, and slight swelling. This is most likely a skin condition called rosacea. Continue reading “[6 min read] Rosacea triggers and treatments”

[WEBINAR] LED phototherapy in skin cancer, general dermatology and aesthetic medicine

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Do you use LED phototherapy in your practice, or do you wish to utilise its full potential in treating a range of skin concerns? In this webinar, Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Medicine Doctor Di King shares how light emitting diode (LED) can be used to treat a range of common dermatological presentations, including acne, superficial skin lesions, and wound healing. Continue reading “[WEBINAR] LED phototherapy in skin cancer, general dermatology and aesthetic medicine”

[4 min read] Vitamin A for treating acne

vitamin A

Vitamin A is a game-changing ingredient in the treatment of acne. Used since the 1970s, vitamin A and its derivatives are used to clear impurities, rejuvenate skin, and increase overall skin health in both the treatment room and at home.

Vitamin A improves acne by reducing the production of excessive oil in the skin. As a capsule supplement or oral isotretinoin, vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that minimises the free radicals which inhibit the skin’s ability to regenerate and purge impurities. Continue reading “[4 min read] Vitamin A for treating acne”