When emollients found in certain lotions, creams, and ointments are absorbed into fabrics they can pose a fire risk. Both paraffin and paraffin-free emollients, commonly found in products used to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis have been shown to increase flammability in fabrics when allowed to absorb and dry.
Virtual reality could help reduce pain for patients undergoing minor medical procedures such as wart removal or wound cleaning.
Analysis of proteins in blister fluid taken from pediatric burn patients can help physicians more accurately classify burn severity. This could result in quicker diagnosis of burn severity, which with appropriate treatment, could help decrease skin surface scarring.
Patients in the United States who live in a state with a higher incidence of melanoma are more likely to survive the disease. Conversely, Americans who live in a state with a lower incidence of melanoma are less likely to survive the disease. Researchers believe that this seeming contradiction might be a result of better detection in more well-funded regions leading to better outcomes.
With more than 7 million prescriptions per year, dermatologists prescribe more oral antibiotics per clinician than any other specialty. Over time, the use of antibiotics to treat inflammatory skin conditions is decreasing, though the prescription of antibiotics related to dermatological surgical procedures has increased.
Patients who are diagnosed with cancer face an average of a 40 percent higher risk of contracting shingles. Researchers hope that these findings will help to prevent the sometimes severe skin condition in cancer patients by paving the way for new treatments and vaccines for the painful skin condition.
When treating patients with multiple sclerosis it is essential for practitioners to consider how to provide optimal disease management without limiting future therapeutic options.