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Contact Dermatitis of the Vulva

Healing Vaginal Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis of the vulva is an inflammatory condition that can occur at any time during a woman's life in response to primary exposure to an irritant or from an allergic response to an irritant. Contact dermatitis also can occur secondary to another condition, such as a vaginal yeast infection or urinary and or fecal incontinence. Common causes of irritative contact dermatitis of the vulva include laundry detergent, fabric softeners, body soaps, perfumes, hygienic wipes, and douches. In addition, many over-the-counter topical treatments as well as medications that have alcohol in the base, such as creams, can be chemical irritants. Typically, a patient describes vulvar vaginal burning that is at its lowest intensity upon awakening in the morning but increases as the day goes on. Symptoms can be aggravated during and after urination and by touching or wiping the area. There may be an associated discharge, which is from weeping of the vulvar tissue rather than discharge from the...

Eczematous And Papulosquamous Vulvar Dermatoses Contact Dermatitis Irritant andor Allergic

Contact dermatitis can be either irritant (nonimmunologic) and or allergic (immunologic). Lesions occur on areas of the vulva that contact environmental After irritant withdrawal, symptoms of nonimmunologic contact dermatitis should disappear rapidly. However, if the lesions are of allergic etiology, signs and symptoms can persist for days after the discontinuation of the allergen. Though clinical improvement is apparent and supported by clinical trials, there has been no RCT evaluating treatment for contact dermatitis of the vulva. Topical corticosteroids can be helpful in cases of irritant contact dermatitis that are unresponsive to conservative therapy. These agents may reduce inflammation in allergic contact dermatitis, but typically are not used for the long-term treatment. Ointments are preferred to creams or lotions, which can be dry and irritating. Topical corticoids are most effective when applied and covered with a barrier, such as plastic wrap, a gauze dressing, cotton...

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

ACD is an immunologically mediated inflammatory cutaneous reaction to an allergen in a sensitized individual. Often, differentiating vulvar allergic versus irritant contact dermatitis can be clinically confusing, as the signs and symptoms often overlap (18) and the physical characteristics of vulvar skin make visual inspection and diagnosis difficult. The acute phase of ACD can produce vesicu-lation and severe pruritus during this phase, ACD can spread beyond the site of contact, such as to the upper thighs and suprapubic area. The subacute or chronic signs and symptoms are usually less pronounced. Pruritus and burning symptoms are more subdued. The vulva can show changes such as redness, excoriation, scaling, and altered pigmentation with variable lichenification. Secondary infections can occur as well. The histology of ACD is similar to irritant contact dermatitis, although there can be more pronounced spongiosis in acute cases (18). A study of 144 patients from Sydney, Australia,...

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Clinically, it is difficult to distinguish the perimenstrual exacerbation of dermatitis herpetiformis from an autoimmune progesterone dermatitis. The diagnosis must be based on histopathology, direct immunofluorescence, and the lack of evidence for an autosensitization to progesterone (39).

Vulvar Dermatitis Irritant Contact Dermatitis

A survey of German family physicians, gynecologists, and dermatologists in 1998 revealed that 24 to 38 of patients with noninfectious genital complaints had a diagnosis of vulvar dermatitis, while the incidence was 20 to 30 in Oxford, U.K., in 2000 (2,18). There are three prototypic clinical responses to irritants acute irritant dermatitis, chronic (cumulative) irritant dermatitis, and sensory irritation. The acute type develops as a result of exposure to a potent irritant and is equivalent to a chemical burn. The cumulative, chronic type results from repeated exposures to weak irritants and can be confused with allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). Sensory irritation is characterized by stinging and burning caused by chemical exposure with no detectable skin changes. All three types can affect the vulva, and some chemicals, such as propylene glycol, can cause irritation as well as sensitization (18,19). The antiviral medication acyclovir, imiquimod, and podophyllotoxin can cause acute...

Contact Dermatitis and Skin Reactivity

Contact dermatitis can be exacerbated in the premenstrual phase. Alexander described a patient whose patch test of fragrance mixture led to positive results only in the premenstrual phase but was negative one week after menstrual bleeding (26). This can be explained by the suppression of the cellular immune response by estrogens mentioned previously (9). Considering the increased skin reactivity to contact allergens during the premenstrual phase, in special cases of premenstrual aggravated contact dermatitis, clinicians are advised to consider the phase of the menstrual cycle when interpreting the results of epicutaneous tests (25,26,51). In case of negative skin testing, the repetition of epicutaneous tests during the premenstrual phase might yield positive results.


Eczema An allergic skin disorder (also called atopic dermatitis) that usually appears in babies or very young children and may last until the child reaches adolescence or adulthood. Eczema causes the skin to itch, scale, and flake. Parents with eczema are more likely to have children with eczema. About 60 percent of children with eczema will develop signs in the first year of life 85 percent will have symptoms within the first five years. some children only have a few episodes of flare-ups, while other children will have atopic dermatitis all their lives. Eczema is very common about 10 percent of infants and children have the condition. Different triggers can make eczema worse, including stress, other allergies, scratching, and sweating. As a child gets older, the location of symptoms tends to change. In infants and young children, the dry skin is usually located on the face, outside of the elbows, and on the knees. In older children and adults, eczema tends to be on the hands and...

Atopic Dermatitis

Endogenous atopic dermatitis is not curable but, typically, is readily treatable. Though there are clinically effective treatment options, no randomized or controlled trials have been performed. Primary treatment is aimed at avoiding exacerbating factors, which, in limited cases, can control symptoms effectively. Moisturizers can be helpful in rehydrating the skin and helping to relieve symptoms. Symptomatic benefit may be obtained from wet Burow's solution compresses applied for 30 minutes several times daily. Mild topical corticosteroids such as 0.5 to 1 hydrocortisone cream applied several times daily can further aid healing and alleviate irritation in mild to moderate atopic dermatitis (13). Strong topical corticosteroids may be needed to control severe acute disease. To prevent side effects, highly potent corticosteroids should be used for only short periods. Oral corticosteroids are used occasionally to treat chronic atopic dermatitis, but should not be used regularly. Topical...

Skin rash

But this defense depends on a functional immune system. when the immune system is suppressed, disorders of the skin may appear. organ transplantation and cancer patients who undergo immunosuppressive therapies may experience skin disorders such as Kaposi's sarcoma or herpes outbreaks. In HIV, lesions, dry skin, and blisters are common early in the course of the infection and may recur or become chronic. Skin diseases in HIV infection include molluscum contagiosum, herpes SIMPLEX VIRUS (HIV), HERPES ZOSTER (shingles), HAIRY leukoplakia, and folliculitis. Viral skin disorders common in HIV-infected people are not ordinarily life-threatening, but they can cause significant pain, illness, and cosmetic frustration. In some cases, viral skin diseases can spread to infect other parts of the body, possibly resulting in life-threatening conditions such as HIV encephalitis. Early detection, prophylaxis, and treatment of skin diseases are recommended. See sallowness skin rash. skin rash...

Penicillin and allergic reactions

Penicillin will also cause the more common type of allergic reaction which results in skin rashes, reddening and itching of the skin. This is also due to antibodies but of a different type from IgE, and therefore the response is different. The mechanisms underlying allergic reactions are extremely complex and difficult to predict. Penicillin is the most common cause of drug-induced allergic reactions and causes around 7 per cent of all adverse drug reactions. One per cent or more of patients receiving the drug may develop an adverse immune reaction. There are four general types of hypersensitivity reaction to chemicals, and penicillin can cause all four. The particular effect caused depends partly on the size of dose and partly on the individual concerned. Some of the hypersensitivity reactions are mild whereas others can be life-threatening. The most mild form of adverse reaction after relatively low therapeutic doses of penicillin is a skin rash, skin eruptions, and joint pain. High...

Problems Associated With Biocide

This scenario may be involved in recent outbreaks of hypersensitivity pneumonitis associated with exposure to metalworking fluid aerosols. The evidence suggests that hypersensitivity pneumonitis has occurred where atypical flora have predominated in metalworking fluids. Although the microbiological origin of hypersensitivity pneumonitis is strongly suspected, the involvement of biocides and other constituents of the fluids has not been excluded. There have been many reports on allergic contact dermatitis among workers exposed to biocide-treated components of industrial systems and contact sensitization to products containing biocides at the consumer end. These types of reports include most of the frequently used industrial biocides.

Dermatitis contact 143

In acute cases, this form of eczema is characterized by a mild, very itchy rash on the face, inner elbow creases, and behind the knees, with red, scaling skin and pimples. If scratched, the pimples leak a clear liquid, forming large weeping areas infection may occur if the condition appears in the diaper area. Atopic dermatitis tends to wax and wane. In chronic cases there are scaling and skin color changes. Most children improve during the summer and worsen during the winter, which is probably related to humidity and temperature. Substances that are often implicated in contact dermatitis in children include metals (especially nickel), dyes and chemicals, cleaning products or detergents, latex, poison ivy, and insecticides. Latex is one of the most common irritating substances in children and may be found along the waist and legbands of underwear. Contact dermatitis may also be caused by topical medications about a third of all dermatology patients will test positive for a contact...

Melanomas Moles And More

The spectrum of diseases treated by dermatologists is quite wide. Your patients could include a teenager with severe acne vulgaris, a middle-aged woman with dermatomyositis, a sun-burned farmer with malignant melanoma, a young woman suffering from psoriasis, or a baby with contact dermatitis from her diaper. Every year, millions of patients visit a dermatologist for skin-related complaints. Other common problems include impetigo, benign growths, cellulitis,

Fellowships And Subspecialty Training

There are many choices for specialized training within dermatology after the completion of basic residency training. Only two fellowships (dermatopathology and CLDI) lead to certificates of added qualifications. Practice in a dermatology subspecialty requires 1 or 2 additional years of training. The following are the four most common fellowships, but other nonaccredited fellowships exist in areas like contact dermatitis and cutaneous allergy, cosmetic dermatology, and der-matologic research.

Drug eruption See eruption

Drug fever The elevation of body temperature that occurs as an unwanted manifestation of drug action. Drugs can induce fever by several mechanisms these include allergic reactions, drug-induced tissue damage, acceleration of tissue metabolism, constriction of blood vessels in the skin with resulting decrease in loss of body heat, and direct action on the temperature-regulating center in the brain. The most common form of drug fever is associated with allergic reactions. It may be the only allergic manifestation apparent, or it may be part of a complex of allergic symptoms that can include skin rash, hives, joint swelling and pain, enlarged lymph glands, hemolytic anemia, or hepatitis. The fever usually appears about seven to 10 days after starting the drug and may vary from low-grade to alarmingly high levels. It may be sustained or intermittent, but it usually persists for as long as

Rash on the Soles of the Feet

A 43-year-old male presented to the infectious disease clinic with a 2-month history of worsening skin rash and lesions. The lesions were not painful and were predominantly on his face and forearms, but also covered the palms of his hands and soles of his feet. He was treated one month prior to this presentation with azithromycin, and the rash had improved slightly. In addition to the worsening rash and skin lesions, he noted the development of painless lesions on his penis that were resolving at the time of presentation. He also reported a history of night sweats, which coincided with the appearance of the rash, a sore throat, mild weight loss, headaches without visual alterations, and mild neck stiffness. The day prior to presentation he noted a single episode of anal discharge that was yellow and nonbloody. He had no history of fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or penile discharge.

Common effects of industrial chemicals on workers

The most common types of damage caused by chemicals in workers is probably to the lungs and to the skin. These are the main sites of the body that are exposed to chemicals. The most common industrial disease is dermatitis, which accounts for more working days lost than all the other industrial diseases together. If solvents or chemicals that workers handle come into contact with their hands, this can lead to irritation. More serious is contact dermatitis which results from repeated exposure over time. Sometimes serious allergic dermatitis occurs, where the chemical acts to sensitize the skin. Workers in the paper and printing industry are prone to skin diseases, and photographic chemicals, metals, resins, and coal tar derivatives can all sensitize the skin. As we have seen, certain chemicals, such as dioxins, can cause a particularly severe form of acne, chloracne.

Differential Diagnosis

Clinically, lesions suspicious for a T-cell lymphoma overlap with a wide variety of other malignant and benign lesions. Presenting first usually as plaques or patches, more advanced disease can present as tumor nodules. The plaque stage has wide overlap with infectious lesions and inflammatory processes such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, fungal infection, psoriasis, and parapsoriasis. While the presence of tumors is more associated with malignancy, other benign conditions such as pseudolymphoma and lymphomatoid papulosis are also in the differential. Histologically, there is a great overlap between reactive lymphoid infiltrates and malignant cutaneous lymphomas as both benign and malignant lesions can demonstrate dense lymphocytic infiltrates with cyto-logic atypia that spread from the dermis to involve the epidermis. To determine the presence of a clonal process, the two most suspicious specimens were evaluated for T-cell receptor

Clinical Development Of Palifermin rHuKGF

The phase III study investigated the efficacy of iv Palifermin in reducing the severity and duration of oral mucositis and related sequelae in patients with hematologic malignancies receiving TBI and high-dose chemotherapy with autologous peripheral blood stem cells. The trail was a two-arm, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in which patients received Palifermin at the dose of 60 g kg d for three consecutive days before TBI and three consecutive days after PBPCT. The results from this study demonstrate that Palifermin, at this dose and schedule, reduced the incidence and duration of severe oral mucositis. These reductions were associated with a clinically meaningful improvement in patients' reported mouth and throat soreness and consequent reduction in mucositis-related sequelae such as the need for parental nutrition and opiod analgesia (109). In this study palifermin was well tolerated with the most common treatment-related adverse events being mild-to-moderate skin...

Clinical Observations

Clinically, acute contact dermatitis occurs more commonly in whites than in blacks (1). Blacks, however, develop disorders of pigmentation and lichenifica-tion more often than whites. Hyperpigmentation is thought to occur more readily in black patients after contact with mild irritants. These data suggest that there are ethnic racial predispositions to certain skin conditions. Qualitatively, it has been noted that vulvar appearance in dark-skinned blacks and Hispanics is somewhat different from fair-skinned patients with atopic dermatitis and neurodermatitis (7). The erythema is masked by the dark skin color, leading examiners to underestimate the severity of the inflammatory process. Lichenification is often exaggerated and postinflammatory hyper-pigmentation is always present (24). Wesley and Maibach (2) concluded that differences exist, but that much remains to be done to clarify extent, mechanisms, and clinical relevance.

Poison ivy Toxicodendron radicans One of

The most common plants in the United States that is poisonous to touch, causing a contact dermatitis in most people. The leaves of the poison ivy plant are glossy green, may be notched or smooth, and almost always grow in groups of three. However, according to some experts, there are exceptions leaves may sometimes appear in fives, sevens, or even nines. In early fall, the leaves may turn bright red. Although it usually grows as a long, hairy vine (often wrapping itself around trees), it also can be found as a low shrub growing along fences or stone walls. Poison ivy has waxy yellow-green flowers and green berries that can help identify the plant in late fall, winter, and spring, before the leaves appear. poison ivy is found throughout the United States, but it is most common in the eastern and central states.

Common Bioengineering Techniques Erythema Quantification Skin Color Reflectance

The color of the skin, and of any object, depends on the wavelength of the light and the optical characteristics of the surface. Different chromophores, mainly hemoglobin and melanin in healthy skin, absorb different wavelengths of light. Detailed insight into the complex optical principles of the skin and chromophores is provided by Pierard and by Kollias (11,12). Measurement of skin color reflectance is a suitable method for erythema quantification in addition to clinical assessment. It has been applied frequently in the grading of contact dermatitis and irritant and allergic patch-test reactions (13). Its value has also been proven in studies on the vulvar skin with respect to erythema quantification in irritant contact dermatitis (7). Skin color reflectance is especially suitable for serial measurements and also can be used for ethnic skin (14,15). However, the sensitivity of an experienced dermatologist's eye may still be superior to instrumental erythema quantification (12).

Transepidermal Water Loss

Disturbance of the epidermal barrier function, which is maintained mainly by cor-neocytes and stratum corneum lipids, occurs with increased transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This phenomenon occurs early in irritant reactions and precedes visible skin changes. Accordingly, the TEWL is a very sensitive parameter and has become one of the most important bioengineering methods. Measurement of the TEWL has been used in several studies on the vulvar skin, mainly to quantify irritant contact dermatitis (2,23,24). Different methods for TEWL measurements are available. In general, the more common open-chamber devices, such as the Tewameter (Courage & Khazaka, Cologne, Germany), and the Evapori-meter (Servo Med, Stockholm, Sweden) have become much more established, as compared to the closed-loop systems (25). The open-chamber methods utilize a cylindric probe that is integrated in a hand piece and equipped with a pair of sensor units (hygro sensors coupled with thermistors). When placed onto...

Calcineurin inhibitors

Topical tacrolimus is licensed for the treatment of moderate and severe atopic eczema in children (0.03 ) and adults (0.1 ) and, more recently, it has also been applied to other inflammatory dermatoses such as contact dermatitis, erosive lichen ruber planus, steroid-induced rosacea, pyoderma gangrenosum, vitiligo, and psoriasis (Assmann and Ruzicka, 2002 Gupta et al., 2002 Nasr, 2000). In single case reports, topical tacrolimus has also been shown to be effective in treating cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE). According to

Extraintestinal Manifestations

CD has been shown to be closely associated with a number of other disorders. Dermatitis herpetiformis, a skin disease characterized by symmetric pruritic papulovesicular lesions and the presence of granular deposits of IgA in the skin, affects 10-20 of patients with CD and responds to withdrawal of gluten from the diet. CD is also strongly associated with type I diabetes and autoimmune thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism. The prevalence of CD in type I diabetes patients is 3-8 .2 Patients with untreated CD have an increased risk of certain types of cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma, enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma, small intestinal adenocarcinoma, and esophageal or oropharyngeal squamous carcinoma. Neurological disorders, including peripheral neuropathy, cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy, and migraine, have also been shown to be associated with CD. Women with untreated CD may present with infertility, and infertility secondary to impotence or abnormally low sperm count...

Skull fracture See head injury sleep apnea See apnea

Smallpox A highly infectious, serious viral disease causing a skin rash and flu-like symptoms that has been totally eradicated throughout the world since 1980. The last naturally acquired case of smallpox occurred in Somalia in 1977, and the last cases of smallpox (from lab exposure) occurred in 1978. In May 1980 the World Health Assembly certified that the world was free of naturally occurring smallpox. However, the threat of smallpox has reemerged as a potential terroristic threat since the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

Trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole Tmpsmx A

First-line combination drug for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia prophylaxis and treatment. Possible side effects include skin rash, pruritus, cytopenia, liver abnormalities, and gastrointestinal upset. This commonly used combination antibiotic has a variety of interactions and toxicities that need to be monitored. The most common side effect associated with the sulfa component is a skin rash, usually allergic in nature, which on rare occasions spreads to other body surfaces and becomes the life-threatening Stevens-Johnson syndrome. It is also known that the drug can increase the skin's sensitivity to ultraviolet light, so excessive exposure to the sun should be avoided while taking it. Common drugs that have been reported to interact with TMP SMX's liver effects include Coumadin (an anticoagulant) and Dilantin (an anticonvulsant). Elevated potassium levels sometimes also occur when on TMP SMX. High potassium may lead to abnormal heart rhythms and contractions. In the presence of kidney...

Differential diagnosis of localized ACLE

Seborrheic Dermatitis Images Eyebrow

The diseases, which we may consider in the differential diagnosis with localized ACLE, are acne rosacea, contact dermatitis and photodermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, dermatomyositis, erysipelas, and delusion of lupus. 2.3.2. Contact dermatitis vs ACLE A contact dermatitis of the face may be caused by cosmetics, chemical substances, or plants. Figure 2. Contact dermatitis acute eruption with a butterfly distribution caused by cosmetic application. Figure 2. Contact dermatitis acute eruption with a butterfly distribution caused by cosmetic application.

Bullous skin lesions in lupus erythematosus

A variety of primarily blistering diseases have been reported to occur in patients with SLE, in particular, dermatitis herpetiformis (Davies et al., 1976) bullous pemphigoid (Miller et al., 1978), pemphigus erythematosus (Chorzelski et al., 1968), pemphigus foliaceus (Blanchet et al., 1981), epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (Dotson et al., 1981), and linear IgA dermatoses (Lau et al., 1991). In addition, further types of vesicular and bullous skin lesions can be associated with different subtypes of LE. In 1997, Sontheimer (1997) divided the various bullous skin lesions into those that have or do not have LE-specific pathology and proposed the following classification scheme (i) The cutaneous lesions of patients with LE may blister because of severe vac-uolar degeneration of the basement membrane zone. Skin cleavage occurs as a result of dissolution of the basal cell layer, resulting in subepidermal cleavage that may have the clinical appearance of toxic epidermal necrolysis....

Glucose6phosphate dehydrogenase G6PD deficiency 201

It has been suggested that Panax ginseng may increase natural killer cell activity. Panax and Eleutherococcus can produce insomnia, diarrhea, nervousness, depression, and skin rash. Ginseng can amplify the effect of certain antidepressant medications and, due to the small amount of estrogens in the plant, can affect menstruation in women.

Agents targeting Tcells

Studies, there is some evidence of the efficacy of anti-IL-2 in the treatment of psoriasis (Owen and Harrison, 2000 Mrowietz et al., 2000 Krueger et al., 2000). Recently, in a patient with severe chronic atopic dermatitis, the successful use of basiliximab, a chimeric anti-IL-2 receptor monoclonal antibody, has been reported (Kagi & Heyer, 2001). DAB389IL-2 is an IL-2 receptor specific fusion protein in which the receptor-binding domain of the diphtheria toxin has been replaced by human IL-2 and the membrane translocating and cytotoxic domains have been retained. Clinical and laboratory investigations have demonstrated a selective destruction of IL-2 receptor expressing T-lymphocytes and DAB389IL-2 has been successfully used in clinical trials for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas and psoriasis. The most common side effects observed were flu-like symptoms with severity increasing at higher doses (Bagel et al., 1998 Martin et al., 2001 Eklund and Kuzel, 2005). Experimental...

Tissue Structure and Physiology of the Vulva

Estructura Vulva

Portions of this chapter appeared in Farage MA, Maibach HI. The vulvar epithelium differs from the skin implications for cutaneous testing to address topical vulvar exposures. Contact Dermatitis 2004 51 201. Reprinted with permission from Blackwell Publishing. Different regions of the genital tract exhibit distinct responses to antigen. Antigen application to vulvar skin can result in sensitization indeed, allergic contact dermatitis to topical agents is a prime contributor to persistent vulvar discomfort (19-21). By contrast, antigen application to nonkeratinized mucosa may induce tolerance. This phenomenon, best characterized in the oral mucosa, is not due to the phenotype of resident Langerhans cells, but results from altered responses at the level of the draining lymph nodes (22,23). Studies in animal models demonstrate that tolerance induction also occurs in the vagina, where the phenomenon is hormonally regulated (24). In mice, vaginally induced tolerance occurred only during...

Arteriosclerosis arcus senilis

Eczema lid crusting, scaling, and oozing (blepharitis) conjunctivitis conjunctival thickening congestion of conjunctival blood vessels dry eye keratoconus cataract. emphysema cataract (secondary to corticosteroid treatment). endocarditis nystagmus, tiny red dots on conjunctiva, anisocoria, iritis. facial deformity syndromes microphthalmos, down-sloping lid slant, nystagmus, lower lid coloboma, dermoid cysts of the globe, cataract.

On Which Diseases Tryitra 200mg Used

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The Skin as an Immunologic Organ

Are enclosed within an insoluble amalgam of proteins, crosslinked by transglutaminases and surrounded by a lipid envelope (Candi et al., 2005). Multiple sheets of ceramides and sphingolipids are generated by keratinocytes and discharged into the extracellular space. For this reason, molecules larger than 500 Da cannot easily penetrate into the normal skin, penetration of larger molecules can occur if they are lipophylic or if the skin is damaged (e.g., chronic or acute eczema) (Bos and Meinardi, 2000). The stratum corneum acts also as a biosensor, and can transfer information to the underlying living epidermal cells. immunocompetent cells into the epidermis (Pastore et al., 2004). Also, all these mediators activate the underlying dermal microvascular endothelial cells (Nickoloff and Naidu, 1994) that express adhesion molecules to facilitate recruitment of circulating cells into the local tissue (i.e. dermis). The most potent stimuli for activation of keratinocytes are cytokines...

Other Genital Hygiene Practices

Ethnic differences in genital hygiene may be related to cultural beliefs. For example, studies in the United Kingdom found that immigrants of the Afro-Caribbean descent were more likely than the Caucasian women to wash the vulva with bubble bath or antiseptic (134). This appears consistent with the traditional belief system that rigorous bodily cleanliness is essential to health and well-being (111). However, cleansing with harsh soaps, chemicals, and antiseptics may cause vulvar contact dermatitis (135,136). For example, such practices were reported by 68 of patients with persistent vulvar symptoms (137). Wet wipes are gaining popularity in North America and Western Europe. In the California study cited previously, usage rose with age from 26 among women younger than age 41 to 40 among women older than age 48 (52). Such products are often used more than once a day. Baby wipes, premoistened toilet wipes, and feminine wipes are all common choices (Farage and Bramante, unpublished data,...

Evaluation Of Transepidermal Water Loss

TEWL was assessed in 58 women 18 to 35 years of age, with regular menstrual cycles (25 to 35 days) and a menstrual flow of five or less than five days. Exclusion criteria were the use of immunosuppressive drugs, chemotherapy, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, or steroids an active vulvar vaginal infection high blood pressure cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy. Prior to treatment, the participants completed a medical questionnaire that included an atopic dermatitis self-assessment (Table 1) (17) and had their weight and height recorded. Participants received a set of standard cotton panties to wear during the study period and an oil-free, personal cleansing body wash to use in lieu of their normal cleansing product. Participants were asked to refrain from body cleansing within two hours of their clinical visit, from intercourse during the

Asymptomatic infection

Atopic dermatitis A chronic inflammation of the skin of unknown cause and characterized by severe itching leading to scratching or rubbing, which in turn produces lesions. Individuals affected generally have a hereditary predisposition to irritable skin. Also called allergic dermatitis and ALLERGIC ECZEMA. atopic eczema See atopic dermatitis.

Toxic Substances From Bacteria

Toxic shock syndrome is a very damaging, often fatal condition caused by toxins from Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. First reported in children in 1978, it is manifested by high fever, erythroderma (a skin rash condition), and severe diarrhea.6 Patients may exhibit confusion, hypotension, and tachycardia, and they may go into shock with failure of several organs. Survivors often suffer from skin desquamation (flaky skin).

Human herpesvirus 5 See cytomegalovirus

Human herpesvirus 6 Herpesvirus that infects lymphocytes, including CD4 cells. HHV-6 infection generally occurs early in life and may cause fever and exanthem (roseola, a red skin rash) in infants. HHV-6 is associated with neuropathology, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and certain autoimmune diseases.

The validation process

Of extracutaneous manifestations that are unrelated to the treatment of the skin. For systemic disease a number of instruments are available. For SLE about 60 instruments measure the totality of systemic involvement (Parodi et al., 2000) and for myositis there is an extensive body of available instruments to measure the disease, as discussed below. For both diseases, development of the cutaneous outcome instruments is a fairly recent development and experience with these instruments is limited. However, in addition to these instruments, associated symptoms like itch, pain or fatigue should be measured as well. This should be done in a separate score because a combined score that reflects patient and physician assessment may be quite hard to interpret and it is unclear how the different aspects of the disease should be weighed. Attempts to combine patient-reported symptoms and physician-measured signs in one score have been attempted in atopic dermatitis but were abandoned subsequently...

Genetic Susceptibilities And Resistance To Toxicants

Since the early 1940s, it has been known that there is a genetic predisposition to allergic contact dermatitis, a skin condition that is one of the most common maladies caused by workplace exposure to xenobiotics and to cosmetics (see Section 9.3). A study published in 1993 revealed that some individuals have a genetic predisposition to produce human leukocyte (white blood cell) antigen, resulting in allergy to nickel, chromium, and cobalt.4

Shortness of Breath with Productive Cough

The patient's general health had otherwise been fair, and he had no history of allergies. He gave no history of eczema or childhood asthma. He had been hospitalized 4 times during the last 5 years with acute exacerbations of shortness of breath, cough, and increased sputum production. On each occasion, he was treated and discharged from the hospital after about one week the last admission was approximately 4 months ago. His current medications consisted of inhaled bronchodilators (ipratropium and metaproterenol) as well as the diuretic furosemide taken as oral tablets.

Clinical manifestations

Intravenous immunoglobulin taken from human serum pools, has been shown to be very effective, although very expensive, therapy. In uncontrolled studies, intravenous immunoglobulin was reported to be effective (Cherin et al., 1991 Lang et al., 1991), but efficacy was confirmed with a controlled trial. In the first double-blind study, intravenous immunoglobulin was shown to be effective in patients with refractory DM, not only improving the strength and the skin rash but also clearing the underlying immunopathology (Dalakas et al., 1993 Dalakas, 1999). The improvement begins after the first intravenous immunoglobulin infusion and is clearly evident by the second monthly infusion, often showing first in the skin. The benefit is short-lived (not more than 8 weeks), requiring repeated infusions every 6-8 weeks to maintain improvement.

Relative Substance Toxicity

Dioxin has been described by some self-proclaimed experts as the most dangerous chemical known to man. This statement is probably true for guinea pigs (the most dangerous chemical known to guinea pigs). The LD50 of dioxin for guinea pigs is about 0.6 Mg kg however, for hamsters, the figure is 3000 Mg kg. The difference in these two numbers is a staggering example of inter-species differences. What is the LD50 for man This is not known. Still, when a fertilizer plant exploded in Italy, many farm animals were killed in the surrounding area as dioxin descended upon them from the skies. The only demonstrated effect in humans, however, was chlo-racne, a severe skin rash. Dioxin was actually tested on volunteer prison inmates who received large applications of the chemical to their skin. Again, no toxicity other than chloracne was noted. Table 2.3 describes the harm done by acute vs. chronic (long-term) exposure to dioxin to humans and to animals. It will be noted that little is known about...

Other biological compounds

CTLA-4 is expressed on the surface of a subpopulation of activated T-lymphocytes and binds with high affinity to molecules of the B7 family that are present on B-cells and antigen-presenting cells. CTLA-4Ig is a fusion protein of the extracellular domain of CTLA-4 with the Fc portion of IgG1, which serves as a soluble receptor. Therefore, this molecule prevents CTLA-4 B7 interaction by blocking T-cell activation and T-cell-dependent B-cell functions in vivo. In animal studies, treatment of NZB W mice resulted in an improved survival rate as well as regression of nephritis (Finck et al., 1994). Clinical studies with CTLA-4Ig in patients with lupus nephritis are being initiated and one compound (BMS-188667) currently is investigated in clinical trials for patients with RA and psoriasis. Preliminary data indicate that treatment with CTLA-4 Ig appears to be an effective therapy for psoriasis and atopic eczema (Abrams et al., 1999 Najafian and Sayegh, 2000 Davenport et al., 2002 Davidson...

Too much lead in the beer

Lead was also used in medicines, and in pastes for the treatment of skin diseases 2,000 years ago. In the nineteenth century some doctors recommended lead acetate and opium mixtures for the treatment of diarrhoea. This was described in early versions of the British Pharmacopoeia (Pil. Plumbi cum Opio). Certain lead salts were believed to be powerful astringents which would help in the treatment of wounds and promote healing. Thus Goulard's extract (liquor plumbi subacetatis fortis, or lead acetate) was still recommended in textbooks in the early twentieth century10 in dilute form for the treatment of ulcers, acute inflammatory skin conditions, and eczema and as a gargle in tonsillitis. Lead compounds have also been used to treat inoperable cancer.

Separate measurements of disease activity and damage

Associated symptoms Itch, pain and fatigue have been recorded separately on a visual 1-10 analogue scale by the patients. While itch and pain are relatively easy to associate with skin disease, it is hard to distinguish between fatigue caused by systemic disease and skin disease. Thus, there can be justified debate as to whether it is appropriate to measure it in this context. However, fatigue is a prominent symptom of patients who may have no other symptoms of systemic disease. Fatigue has also been specifically mentioned in the FDA background paper, and therefore we have recorded the level of fatigue for CLE evaluations. Also, fatigue has been shown to be a critical factor in determining HRQL among SLE patients (Hanly, 1997 Hochbert et al., 1990). Integration of these results is not easy though. The attempt to combine subjective patient outcomes and physician's assessment, as for the SCORAD, has been plagued with difficulties. Therefore, the SCORAD has abandoned the use of...

Contact Urticaria Nonimmunologic Contact Urticaria

The contact urticaria syndrome, or immediate contact reactions, comprises a heterogeneous group of inflammatory reactions that appear, usually within minutes, after contact with the eliciting substance. They include wheal and flare, along with transient erythema, and may lead to eczema. Nonimmunologic contact urticaria (NICU) occurs without previous sensitization and is the most common type of immediate contact reaction. This reaction remains localized it does not spread to become generalized urticaria and it does not cause systemic symptoms. The strength of the reaction usually varies from erythema to an urticarial response, depending on the concentration, the exposed skin area, mode of exposure, and inciting substance (32,33). Animal models allow for identification of substances capable of immediate contact reactions. A substance can be applied to guinea pig ear lobe, with resulting erythema and edema if the substance indeed is capable of causing a contact urticarial response....

Terminology And New Definitions

Telangiectasia A confluence of dilated intradermal venules of less than 1 mm in caliber. Synonyms include spider veins, hyphen webs, and thread veins. Reticular veins Dilated bluish subdermal veins usually from 1 mm in diameter to less than 3 mm in diameter. They usually are tortuous. This excludes normal visible veins in people with thin, transparent skin. Synonyms include blue veins, subdermal varices, and venulectasies. Varicose veins Subcutaneous dilated veins equal to or more than 3 mm in diameter measured in the upright position. These may involve saphenous veins, saphenous tributaries, or nonsaphenous superficial leg veins. Varicose veins usually are tortuous, but tubular saphenous veins with demonstrated reflux may be classified as varicose veins. Synonyms include varix, varices, and varicosities. Corona phlebectatica A fan-shaped pattern of numerous small intradermal veins on the medial or lateral aspects of the ankle and foot. This commonly is thought to be an early sign of...

Dermatitis seborrheic

Dermatitis, seborrheic An extremely common form of eczema that causes scaling around the nose, ears, scalp, mid-chest, and along the eyebrows. There may be psoriasis-like plaques and secondary infection as a result of scratching. It is often misdiagnosed by non-physicians as simply dry skin. However, the flaking caused by this type of dermatitis is not caused by dryness. Treatment is similar to other types of eczema, with shampoos containing tar, sulfur, salicylic acid, or selenium daily. Hydrocortisone 1 percent cream will control the skin condition on the face and chest. If shampoos do not work, a steroid solution such as fluocinolone may be applied to the scalp one or two times daily for very short periods.

Too Little Ventilation

A man, aged 25, had been exposed to the fumes of a paint stripper, Nitromors, which contained methylene chloride, for a period of three to four hours except for mild conjunctival irritation, he had no complaints at the time. After forty-eight hours, however, he felt unwell and complained of swelling and stiffness of his ankles, knees, and wrists. A non-itchy skin rash appeared at the end of another twenty-four hours. During the following eight days he found increasing difficulty with simple intellectual tasks and was unable to concentrate. He became short of breath on minimal exertion. At ten days after exposure he had nocturia, polyuria, and loss of weight (2.7 kg). On examination he had 2 per cent glycosuria,* and a random blood sample showed a glucose level of 218 mg 100 ml. He required diabetic treatment for six months, and even then his skin rash was not completely cleared. Slow mental improvement kept him away from his work as an accountant for six months.2

What Chemicals Do to Us and What We Do to Them

Other chemicals may after repeated exposure cause more subtle effects on the skin such as allergic reactions. Skin sensitization can be caused by nickel in jewellery or the constituents of some washing powders. Sensitization of the skin leading to allergic, contact dermatitis can be very serious as well as disfiguring and is the most common industrial disease (see Chapter 7). Some natural toxicants, such as nettle sting (formic acid) and the very potent substances in the plant poison ivy, can be skin irritants.

Skin Toxic Substances

The most common skin affliction resulting from exposure to toxic substances and the most common skin condition from occupational exposure is contact dermatitis, characterized by generally irritated, itching, and sometimes painful skin surface. Skin afflicted with contact dermatitis shows several symptoms. One of these is erythema, or redness. The skin surface may be subject to scaling, in which the surface flakes off. Thickening and hardening can occur, a condition clinically known as induration. Blistering, a condition called vesiculation, may also occur. Skin afflicted with contact dermatitis typically exhibits edema, with accumulation of fluid between skin cells. There are two general categories of contact dermatitis irritant dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when individuals become sensitized to a chemical by an initial exposure, after which subsequent exposures evoke a response characterized by skin dermatitis. Allergic contact...

Transcutaneous immunization

The skin performs a complex defense function that may be described as immunological. The immunological environment of the skin, including the humoral and cellular components, is given the acronym SIS (skin immune system). Dysregulations of this system can manifest as immunodermatolog-ical diseases, including atopic eczema, psoriasis, cutaneous lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and autoimmune bullous disease.40-42 It is known that Langerhans cells (dendritic cells in the epidermis) reside in the skin and express a high level (in response to external aggression) of MHC class II molecules and strong stimulatory functions for the activation of T lymphocytes. The Langerhans cells comprise only about 1 of the cell population of the viable epidermis but cover nearly 20 of the surface area through their horizontal orientation and long protrusions, which form a meshwork that can uptake antigens they encounter. These cells are also found in the lymph nodes and act on antigens and present them...


Amprenavir is a sulfa drug, a type of drug to which many people are allergic. A well-known sulfa drug is Bactrim (see tmp smx). A person who has had allergic reactions to Bactrim is likely to have a reaction to amprenavir. In about 25 percent of the people taking amprenavir some allergic reaction to the drug has developed initially. sometimes it can be overcome by continued exposure to the medication other times it develops into a bright red rash on the skin, which has caused some people to stop taking this drug. About 1 percent of people taking amprenavir experience a reaction called Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS). StevensJohnson syndrome is a type of allergic reaction called an erythema, a redness of the skin due to congestion of the capillaries, causing flulike symptoms and severe lesions under the skin. it can be fatal. Major side effects of the drug are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, stomach pains gas, skin rash, and numbing sensations on the skin, particularly...

Clinical Findings

Nephrotic patients should be evaluated for a skin rash, which would raise the possibility of collagen vascular diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, and also for fever, which would suggest that the patient may have either renal inflammation or intercurrent infection. Nephrotic patients are susceptible to bacterial infections, mostly pneumococcal, including otitis, pneumonia, or primary peritonitis (the latter is more common in children). The absence of fever, especially after initiation of corticosteroid treatment, does not rule out infection.

Physical Examination

Varicose veins bulges in the thigh, calf, or the inguinal region representative of incompetent perforating veins (IPVs) or a saphena varix signs of superficial venous hypertension such as an accumulation of telangiectasias in the ankle region (corona phlebectatica) or any of the findings suggestive of venous dermatitis (pigmentation, induration, eczema). This includes patients with obvious cutaneous signs of venous disease such as venous ulceration, atrophie blanche, or lipodermatosclerosis. An obvious but often forgotten point is the necessity of observing the entire leg and not confining the examination simply to the area that the patient feels is abnormal.

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While babies vary in their susceptibility to diaper rash, skin inflammation in some infants can be severe. In general, breast-fed babies have a lower incidence of diaper rash than bottle-fed babies, and the resistance continues long after the baby has been weaned. In some infants, diaper rash is the first indication of sensitive skin heralding a long series of later skin problems, such as eczema.

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Daunorubicin hydrochloride An antineoplastic drug, that is, a drug that controls or inhibits the growth of malignant cells. Daunorubicin is a modified form of an antibiotic isolated from a species of funguslike bacterium called Streptomyces coeruleom-bidus. A potent bone marrow suppressant, the drug inhibits the synthesis of nucleic acids, preventing cancer cells from dividing. Risk of opportunistic infection or bleeding generally increases. When it is used in people taking AZT or ganciclovir, colony stimulating factors are often used as well to limit bone marrow suppression. With standard intravenous administration, fatal congestive heart failure may occur either during therapy or months to years after the drug is used. The risk increases proportionately to the total cumulative dose. Severe myelosup-pression occurs when daunorubicin is used in either its standard intravenous form or when encapsulated by liposomes. Reversible hair loss occurs in most people treated with standard...

Herbal Supplements

Who had taken L-tryptophan required hospitalization for a strange group of symptoms that included intense muscle and joint pain, skin rash, swelling of the face and extremities, and shortness of breath due to fluid in the lungs. Blood tests showed high levels of eosinophils, blood cells that often increase during allergic reactions. Although the exact cause of the reaction to L-tryptophan was never proven conclusively, investigators suspect contaminants introduced during the manufacturing process played a role. Once the supplement was removed from the market, no further cases occurred. However, thirty-eight people died and a large number of those who survived were left with permanent disabilities.

Surgical Pathology

SSV reflux is a significant risk factor for recurrence of venous ulceration.5 Ulcers associated with GSV reflux may be on any aspect of the leg, but ulceration over the lateral aspect of the ankle usually is associated with SSV reflux, often without associated pigmentation or eczema.10

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Latex allergy Allergy to the fluid or sap produced by some plants. people with this allergy could be allergic to such simple things as balloons, doctors' gloves or condoms made out of latex. This is a potential problem for doctors, fast-food workers, toll takers, janitors, police officers, and especially health care workers who routinely wear latex gloves as protection against AIDS. Mild sensitivity can produce a skin rash. Extreme sensitivity can include symptoms similar to hay fever or asthma. Severe allergic reactions to latex can include ana-phylactic shock and death. Medical and dental personnel should ask every patient about the possibility of latex allergy, especially those scheduled for surgery. patients who have had multiple surgeries are at high risk. Also at high risk are those allergic to bananas, chestnuts, avocados, and some tropical fruits. potential sexual partners should also be queried about latex allergy. The government has yet to set standards on safer alternatives.


In addition, a wide range of disorders produce itching, including hives, eczema, fungal infections, and psoriasis. Itching all over the body may be caused by diabetes mellitus, kidney failure, jaundice, thyroid problems, or blood disorders. Anal itching in children is usually caused by worms, although it also may be caused by an anal Specific treatment of itching depends on the underlying cause, but in general cooling lotions such as calamine can ease the itch and irritation of the skin. Emollients can reduce skin drying and ease itching for those with dry skin. Soothing lukewarm baths in colloidal oatmeal or Aveeno bath can ease the itch caused by hives or skin rashes such as chicken pox or poison ivy.

Papillary tumor

Papule A red elevated area on the skin, solid and circumscribed. Papules often precede vesicular or pustular formation and may appear in erythema multiforme, eczema papulosum, prurigo, syphilis, measles, and smallpox. They may develop after use of bromides, iodides, or coal tar preparation.


A variety of antioxidants are added to food including vitamin C and vitamin E. Two antioxidants that may occasionally cause problems are butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), which have been associated with symptoms such as eczema, skin rash, runny nose, wheezing, headache, chest pain, flushing of the skin, and red eyes. At the same time, it has been reported that these antioxidants may be helpful in preventing cancer, possibly by removing damaging free radicals such as reactive oxygen and its by-products from fatty acids.

After the NICU

Prickly heat An irritating skin rash, also known as heat rash, that is associated with obstruction of the sweat glands and accompanied by prickly feelings on the skin. The medical term for prickly heat, miliaria rubra, means red millet seeds and refers to the appearance of the rash. A milder form of the condition (miliaria crystallina) sometimes appears first as clear, shiny, fluid-filled blisters that dry up without treatment.

Pimecrolimus ASM981

Pimecrolimus, 1 ointment, is licensed for mild to moderate atopic dermatitis (Van Leent et al., 1998 Luger et al., 2001) and has also shown efficacy in treating allergic contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, intertriginous psoriasis, and lichen planus (Queille-Roussel et al., 2000 Mrowietz et al., 1998 Gisondi et al., 2005). In patients with CLE, pimecrolimus seems to be an efficacious and safe option, although only few cases have been reported in the literature. Using a clinical score, Kreuter et al. (2004) measured skin lesions during a 3-week semiocclusive treatment with pi-mecrolimus and, in all 11 patients with CLE, a significant regression of the lesions was observed.

Smoking and children

The most frequent serious complications are encephalitis, progressive destruction of skin and other tissues at the vaccination site, and severe and destructive infection of skin affected already by eczema or other chronic skin disorder. Encephalitis occurs in about one in 300,000 doses in children.

Clinical Studies

Partial responses were observed in 14 of patients (3 21), and an additional 24 of patients (5 21) achieved stable disease lasting for more than 3 mo in this study. Partial re-sponders included one patient with ovarian cancer, who received 5 mg kg of pertuzumab one with prostate cancer, who received 15 mg kg of pertuzumab and one patient with a pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer who received 15 mg kg of pertuzumab (14). Two of these patients (ovarian and pancreatic cancer) remained in remission and received pertuzumab for over a year since the start of therapy. Pertuzumab was well tolerated at doses up to 15 mg kg, as a majority of adverse events were of grade 1 and 2, with the most frequently reported adverse events being vomiting, nausea, fatigue, rash, anemia, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Skin rash and diarrhea occurred in about one-third of the patients. No significant

Sunscreen Allergies

Some people are allergic to the chemicals contained in sunscreens and can develop a skin rash (especially when using those products containing PABA). But people may also be allergic to other ingredients, such as benzophenone and cinnamate. Children who break out when wearing a sunscreen should consult a dermatologist, who will do a patch test to determine what ingredient is to blame for the rash. Children, in particular, are extremely sensitive to PABA and should use special sunscreens designed for their sensitive skin.

Toilet Habits

Bathroom Habits Female

An alternative hypothesis was proposed by a different group of Australian investigators, who examined 130 young girls with vulvar complaints and determined that the majority had a dermatologic condition of the vulva (irritant or atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, or lichen sclerosus) (27). Poor hygiene was infrequently causative. These researchers proposed that most pediatric vulvar

The Azoles

Voriconazole Synthesis

C. krusei) and treatment of serious fungal infections caused by Scedosporium spp. and Fusarium spp. The drug has been well tolerated with only reversible side effects. In patients, hepatic (10-15 ), transient visual (10-15 ) and skin rash (1-5 ) side effects have been observed.


The most significant side effect is an elevation of liver enzymes that, if untreated, could cause liver damage. This condition was reversed in all cases when therapy was reduced or discontinued. Weekly blood tests are required in order to detect the problem. Other side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, indigestion, and skin rash.

Allethrin Scabies

The vulvar epithelium differs from the skin implications for cutaneous testing to address topical vulvar exposures. Contact Dermatitis 2004 51 201. 14. Cheer S, Plosker G. Tacrolimus ointment a review of its therapeutic potential as a topical therapy in atopic dermatitis. Am J Clin Dermatol 2001 2 389. 15. Meurer M et al. Pimecrolimus cream in the long-term management of atopic dermatitis in adults a six-month study. Dermatology 2002 205 271. 17. Meggit S, Reynolds N. Azathioprine for atopic dermatitis. Clin Exp Dermatol 2001 26 369.


Other scaling conditions found in infancy include eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis. See also dermatitis, seborrheic. scarlet fever An infectious bacterial childhood disease characterized by a skin rash, sore throat, and fever. It is much less common and dangerous than it once was. No longer a reportable disease, no one knows for sure how many cases occur today in the United states, although it is believed that the disease has been on the increase in the past few years. In the past the disease was associated with poor living conditions that once swept through large cities, killing large numbers of children. Inexplicably, by the 1920s the death rate of the disease dropped to 5 percent, for reasons that are still not completely understood. It is believed that the bacteria underwent a natural mutation that made it less deadly. The introduction of penicillin reduced the death rate even more. because the incidence of all strep infections is rising, prompt medical attention is...


Genital ulcerations can result from other infective organisms such as syphilis and Coxsackie virus. Ulcerations can occur from dermatoses, such as aphthous ulcers, Behcet's syndrome, severe contact dermatitis, pyoderma gangrenosum, or benign familial pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey' s disease). Vulvar ulcerations also can be caused by malignancy, such as with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinomas of the vulva, and can arise in relation to systemic diseases processes, such as Crohn's disease. Finally, vulvovaginal ulcerations may result from traumatic causes such as immobility, with the development of decubitus ulcers, or from foreign bodies, such as a pessary used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence.

Nickel can be nasty

It may be essential, but nickel causes problems when in contact with the human body. These problems are of three kinds depending on the form in which we encounter it touching the metal or its alloys ingesting one of its soluble salts or breathing its dust or nickel carbonyl vapour. Actual contact with the metal, or an alloy such as stainless steel, can cause contact dermatitis which manifests itself as 'nickel itch'. People who are susceptible to this are advised to avoid wearing things made of stainless steel such as watches, garment fasteners, spectacle frames, and ear rings. Previous generations of women who wore stockings held up with suspenders became allergic to their metal fastenings, which were invariably made of stainless steel and millions

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