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Skin and connective tissue diseases

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  • Diseases of the skin and their treatment (1) Acne Subscription

    Acne is a common disease. Nearly all adolescents will suffer to a small degree from acne, which physicians call physiological acne. However, about 20 per cent of the population will at some time have problems with the disease that will merit advice from the pharmacist, general practitioner or, if severe enough, a dermatologist.

  • Travel medicine (9) Skin conditions associated with the sun and heat Subscription

    Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is not a problem solely confined to travel abroad and much of the advice given below applies equally in the United Kingdom on sunny summer days.

  • Dermatology: Making the most of emollients Subscription

    Emollients are prescribed extensively for skin conditions such as atopic eczema, contact dermatitis and psoriasis. These conditions account for a large proportion of dermatological consultations and their prevalence is increasing.1 Although dry skin conditions are not fatal, eczema that affects the hands is far from trivial and is a major cause of lost productivity.2

  • Diseases of the skin and their treatment (3) Eczema Subscription

    Eczema is a common problem affecting up to 15 per cent of the population. Typically it presents as a patchy or widespread itchy rash, often associated with a personal or family history of asthma or hay fever.

  • Therapeutic management of psoriasis Subscription

    Psoriasis is a psychologically and physically disabling, chronic, relapsing and inflammatory skin disease that affects 1–3 per cent of the world population.1

  • Introduction to psoriasis Subscription

    Psoriasis is one of the commonest skin disorders seen by general practitioners. It is a chronic skin disease that affects 2–3 per cent of the population in Western Europe. Worldwide, there are estimated to be 80 million people suffering from psoriasis.

  • Drug treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus Subscription

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, is an autoimmune disease which can affect practically any organ or tissue in the body.

  • Aetiology and pathology of systemic lupus erythematosus Subscription

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune rheumatic disease characterised by widespread inflammation affecting virtually every organ or system in the body. The disease is associated with the deposition of autoantibodies and immune complexes, leading to tissue damage.

  • Skin and soft tissue infection: focus on meticillin-resistant S aureus Subscription

    Summary  Correction The dose of daptomycin was incorrectly stated as 12 hourly. The sentence (on p27) should have read:

  • Skin and soft tissue infection: diagnosis and management Subscription

    Summary Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) encompass a broad range of infections with a variety of risk factors and causes. Careful assessment of risk factors, severity markers and co-morbidities will inform the most appropriate therapy.

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