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Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Dermatomyositis: Overview

Overview Patients with dermatomyositis (DM) often have multisystem involvement and therefore require a multidisciplinary approach. Consultation with a rheumatologist is strongly encouraged. A subset of patients will have only skin disease (amyopathi…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Leprosy/Hansen’s Disease and Reactional States: Overview

Overview Optimal therapeutic regimens for Hansen’s disease (HD) have not been established by comparative controlled trials. Therapy is determined primarily by the bacillary load (i.e., multibacillary vs. paucibacillary). Multibacillary patient…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Superficial Fungal Infections: Therapy: Tinea versicolor

Therapy: Tinea versicolor Tinea versicolor is a superficial skin infection by Malassezia furfur (a.k.a. Pityrosporum ovale and Pityrosporum orbiculare). Epidemiology Tinea versicolor is a very common skin infection, affecting up to 2-8% individuals…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Urticaria Pigmentosa / Mastocytosis: Key Points

Key Points Mastocytosis can occur at any age, and may involve the skin, or affect internal organs including the bone marrow and liver/spleen/lymphatic tissues Urticaria pigmentosa is a form of cutaneous mastocytosis most common in childhood, char…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Grover’s Disease / Transient Acantholytic Dermatosis: Treatment

Treatment First-line therapy: The first-line therapy for Grover’s is to suppress pruritus and when possible, reduce inflammation and clear lesions. First steps If TAD is not pruritic, treatment may not be required. A high-potency or superpotent ste…

A Clinical Atlas of 101 Common Skin Diseases

Alopecias

Loss of hair attributable either to the effects of inflammatory cells on follicles or to physiological or mechanical factors in which inflammatory cells play no role. Although the scalp is the site most often affected, any region of the skin that be…

A Clinical Atlas of 101 Common Skin Diseases

Fibrous Papule of the Face and Analogues of It

A hamartoma of mostly follicular elements that presents itself clinically as a firm, skin-colored papule. It usually occurs on the nose, but it can occur anywhere on the face. When solitary, or few, the lesion is termed “fibrous papule,” b…

Dermatology Practical & Conceptual

Spitz and Reed nevi: acquired or congenital?

Objective Although conflicting with the concept of nevi being hamartomas, to date, Spitz and Reed nevi have been regarded as acquired melanocytic nevi, whereas many other types have already been accepted as being congenital. Here, the reader will fi…

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