Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, relapsing, pruritic inflammatory skin disease that affects many children and adults. The goal of this activity is to educate pharmacists on atopic dermatitis and the available pharmacotherapies.
Eczema is a common inflammatory skin disorder in children and adults. Dry skin, infection, inflammation and itch-scratch contribute to the chronicity of eczema.The goal of this activity is to improve pharmacists’ knowledge on strategies to manage infected eczema.
The treatment armamentarium of atopic dermatitis (AD) includes pharmaceuticals like emollients, topical corticosteroids, and topical calcineurin inhibitors. Recently available, medical devices are a newer class of topical, non-steroidal, semi-solid formulation for the treatment of AD and touted to possess emollient, anti-inflammatory, and anti-pruritic properties. To determine the role of medical devices in flare and remission management in AD, a panel of local experts from the field of dermatology, paediatric dermatology, and allergy convened to review the available evidence and highlights of the meeting are reported here.
There is a marked difference in the thickness of the granular layer between palmar psoriasis and hand eczema, and this may be helpful in differentiating between the two skin conditions, according to a recent study.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, with rates of many infections increasing over the last two decades.1 Community screening studies in the UK have shown a prevalence of about 10% for chlamydial infection2 and (among women screened in an urban setting) 3% for gonorrhoea.3 In women (Figure 1), these potentially serious infections are often asymptomatic, whereas the presence of symptoms such as vaginal discharge generally indicates a less pathogenic (but still potentially debilitating) infection, with an organism such as Candida. STIs are often multiple, and the finding of one infection should prompt consideration of testing for others. Many sexual health services now initially provide screening tests for asymptomatic women, but a more comprehensive assessment—comprising detailed history4 and genital examination5—is usually necessary when symptoms are present.
A 10-day course of clindamycin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole after incision and drainage of a small abscess is associated with a better clinical cure rate than incision and drainage alone, according to a recent study.