Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Urticaria: Initial Evaluation

…h infection (bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral), autoimmune disease (including production of auto-antibodies against the IgE receptor, triggering mast cell degranulation), or drug reaction. Whereas foods may be a relevant trigger for acute urticari…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy: Overview

…resolves with delivery. Unlike herpes gestationis, postpartum onset or exacerbation is rare. Therapy is empiric and aims to control symptoms until the eruption abates following delivery. Treatment First steps A topical high-potency to superpotent st…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Alopecia: Clinical Cases

…is encouraged Case 2 16-year-old healthy boy with sudden onset of asymptomatic hair loss in patchy areas on the scalp vertex No family history of autoimmune disease, including vitiligo or autoimmune thyroiditis Review of systems does not reveal…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Xerosis: Overview

…d pruritus, and occasionally, nummular dermatitis. The recent onset of generalized xerosis, with or without pruritus, can reflect underlying metabolic or neoplastic disease. Recalcitrant xerosis with secondary pruritus can be the harbinger of systemi…

Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Pediculosis (Lice): Key Points

…use saliva, which results in pruritus 4-6 weeks following the onset of the infestation. Notably, severe pruritus may result in excoriations with secondary skin infections such as impetigo. Human body (but not head) lice are rarely associated with the…