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Spironolactone (154) antagonizes the binding of testosterone and other androgens to the androgen receptor. However, it is teratogenic and poses a risk of feminization of the external genitalia in a male fetus should the patient conceive (155). About 20 of women treated with spironolactone will experience increased menstrual frequency this is one reason for combining this therapy with the oral contraceptive (156). Cyproterone acetate, which is not available commercially in the United States, is a progestogen with antiandrogen properties. It is frequently combined in an oral contraceptive. Acne has also been successfully treated with spironolactone (157). Ornithine decarboxylase inhibitor eflornithine is used as a facial cream against hirsutism and has been FDA-approved for this indication. Flutamide is another nonsteroidal antiandrogen that has been shown to be effective against hirsutism (158). There is greater risk of teratogenicity with this compound and contraception should be used.
Acne is a skin disorder caused by (I) Propionibacterium acnes, (2) abnormal kera-tinization of the follicular epithelium, (3) increased production of sebum, and (4) inflammation. Risk Factors Etiology. Lesions of acne vulgaris originate in sebaceous follicles. There are four primary pathogenetic changes in acne. P. acnes located within the sebaceous follicle forms free fatty acids. Presentation. Acne vulgaris has four types of lesions. Patients with acne vulgaris may have any or all of the four types of lesions. These lesions are (i) open and closed comedones, (2) papules, (3) pustules, and (4) nodulocystic lesions. Physical Examination. The distribution of acne vulgaris lesions varies from patient to patient. Lesions may occur on the forehead, central area of the face, chest, upper back, and deltoid region. These lesions often heal, leaving temporary erythema and hyperpigmentation. If the acne vulgaris is severe, such as in the nodulocystic type, scarring may result....
Although mistaken ideas about the causes of skin conditions are now less common, misconceptions and myths still abound about many of them. These are often related to the type of skin condition. For instance, acne is sometimes associated with immaturity or a lack of cleanliness and reactions to this can range from pity to disgust. Reactions about skin condition tend to develop out of beliefs about
Isotretinoin, a form of retinoic acid, is used in the treatment of acne. It is teratogenic (malformations of the craniofacial, cardiac, thymic, and CNS structures) and is therefore absolutely contraindicated in pregnant women and used with caution in women of childbearing age.
This patient's account conveys the feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and helplessness that often accompany the diagnosis of a skin condition. Without the knowledge of when or how the condition will develop, the patient may be left wondering about what behaviours or actions might be contributing to its progression. Lifestyle or diet may be affected or, in some cases, particular rituals are adopted in order to gain some control over the course of their condition. Some patients who suffer from acne, for example, expose their skin to the sun for excessive amounts of time since they believe that the sun will 'dry up' their pimples.
Inspect the external nose and look for redness, edema, lumps, tumors, or poor alignment. A patient with red nostrils may blow the nose frequently because of allergies or infectious rhinitis. Dilated, engorged blood vessels of the nose may indicate either that the patient is outside in all kinds of weather much of the time or that he is an alcoholic. A person with a bulbous, discolored nose may have rosacea (a chronic inflammatory disorder similar to acne).
Hyperandrogenism can also be documented based on clinical stigmata of androgen excess, such as by the presence of acne, hirsutism, or androgenic alopecia, instead of relying on biochemical confirmation of circulating hyperandrogenemia, but ethnic, and presumably underlying genetic, differences in population may result in the presence of hyperandrogenemia without clinical signs of hyperandrogenism (40).
Women with documented hyperandrogenemia, and stigmata of hirsutism and acne, would theoretically benefit most from this form of therapy. Suppressing the ovary has been achieved with either oral contraceptives, depot progestins, or GnRH analog treatment. Oral contraceptives both inhibit ovarian steroid production through lowering of gonadotropins and raise SHBG through their estrogen effect, thus further lowering bioavailable testosterone. They also may inhibit DHT binding to the androgen receptor and 5-a-reductase activity, and increase hepatic steroid clearance. These numerous actions contribute to improving hirsutism (112). There are theoretical reasons for choosing an oral contraceptive using a less androgenic progestin or one with specific andro-gen-antagonistic properties (such as cyproterone acetate or drospirenone), but few studies have shown a clinical difference between different types of progestins. Although several oral contraceptives (OCPs), including a triphasic OCP...
Other common, but less clinically significant, sex chromosome aneuploidies are the 47,XXX (1 1,000 females) and 47,XYY (1 1,000 males) karyotypes. The former karyotype is associated with increased stature and a mild decrease in IQ, and the latter is associated with increased stature, mild decrease in IQ, acne, and a susceptibility to impulsive behavior (early studies suggesting a propensity to violent criminal behavior have not been substantiated).
I studied Betacaine as an anesthetic for erbium YAG laser resurfacing over a period of 18 months and reported the results at the 1999 meeting of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. Betacaine was used in 70 consecutive patients who underwent erbium YAG laser resurfacing of facial areas during this period. Resurfacing was done for the purpose of smoothing wrinkles as well as scars from acne and chickenpox. Of 178 facial areas treated, 160 were adequately anesthetized with only the topical Betacaine. Facial areas that failed topical anesthesia were numbed using injected anesthetics at the patient's request. In this study, the overall success rate of topical anesthesia for erbium YAG laser resurfacing was 95 . Fig. 6.1 shows before and after photographs of one of the patients treated in this study. Note that with proper technique even deep wrinkles can be removed completely with the erbium YAG laser. The erbium YAG laser is particularly useful in resurfacing facial...
A 22-year-old G0P0 comes to your office with a chief complaint of being too hairy. She reports that her menses started at age 13 and have always been very irregular. She also complains of acne and is currently seeing a dermatologist for the skin condition. She denies any medical problems, and her only surgery was an appendectomy at age 8. Height is 5 ft, 5 in. weight is 150 lb BP is 100 60. On physical exam, there is sparse hair around the nipples, chin, and upper lip. No galactorrhea, thyromegaly, or temporal balding is noted. Pelvic exam is normal and there is no evidence of clitoromegaly.
A telangiectasia is a visibly dilated, linear blood vessel. Telangiec-tases, which may be associated with a diffuse redness or blush due to accompanying microscopic capillaries, occur primarily on the face and may be associated with a skin disease such as rosacea. Rosacea is an acne-like condition that occurs in adults. People with rosacea experience frequent flushing (blushing) of facial skin. During flushing, facial blood vessels dilate, producing visible redness. Many vessels eventually become permanently dilated (telangiectases). Telangiectases also frequently occur as a consequence of excessive sun exposure.
Seen in 50-60 of adolescent boys and usually occurs during Tanner stages 2 or 3. It is usually painful and may be unilateral or bilateral. It gradually appears and gradually disappears within 1 year of onset. Pubertal changes that occur during Tanner stages 2 and 3 include growth spurt, growth of testes and penis, spermarche, acne, axillary perspiration, and appearance of pubic hair. The boy in this case should be reassured and followed monthly. If the gynecomastia does not resolve, it will be necessary to rule out Klinefelter syndrome, adrenal tumors, gonadal tumors, hyperthy-roidism, hepatic disorders, and the use of drugs, especially marijuana and bodybuilding steroids.
This is a chronic inflammatory disease occurring on skin containing apocrine glands. It is commoner in women and occurs in the anogenital area as well as the axillae, breasts, thighs, and buttocks. It is a problem of follicular occlusion with the consequent complications of obstruction to the outflow of other apocrine and sometimes sebaceous glands (18). It can be associated with similar conditions such as conglobate acne and pilonidal sinus. Bacteria play a secondary but important role, in the inflammatory process that results leads to scarring and sinus formation. The onset of the disease is after puberty, suggesting that there is a hormonal influence. The skin lesions include comedones often with two pores (bridged comedones), pustules, tender dermal nodules, abscesses, and linear sinus tracks (Fig. 12A and B). Lesions can ulcerate and there is often a persistent purulent discharge. There may also be the complications of episodic cellulitis, fistula formation to the bladder and...
Psychological treatment for people affected by a skin disease have ranged from psychoanalysis to the use of hypnosis, and treatment methods have been reviewed for a number of skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and virus-mediated diseases. The published literature in this field suggests that psychological interventions have proved to be effective for many different disorders. Psychological interventions, such as suggestion and hypnosis, have been shown to have the capacity to enhance immunity, and behavioural and cognitive interventions have also been used in the treatment of dermatological conditions. Behavioural interventions tend to focus on understanding and improving the ways in which people behave that might impact on their skin condition, whereas cognitive interventions tend to focus on the way people think about their skin condition. Cognitive behavioural therapy uses a mix of these ideas. One of the most effective therapeutic models in helping people cope with skin...
Both adrenal tumors and Sertoli-Leydig tumors produce androgens. The androgen production can result in seborrhea, acne, menstrual irregularity, hirsutism, breast atrophy, alopecia, deepening of the voice, and cli-toromegaly. Recurrences of Sertoli-Leydig cell tumors, which seem to have a low malignant potential, usually appear within 3 years of the original diagnosis. Granulosa and theca cell tumors are often associated with excessive estrogen production, which may cause pseudoprecocious puberty, post-menopausal bleeding, or menorrhagia. These tumors are associated with endometrial carcinoma in 15 of patients. Because these tumors are quite friable, affected women frequently present with symptoms caused by tumor rupture and intraperitoneal bleeding. Granulosa tumors are low-grade malignancies that tend to recur more than 5 years after the initial diagnosis. Because their malignant potential is impossible to predict histologically, long-term follow-up is mandatory. Recurrences have...
Drugs developed initially to treat type 2 diabetes have also been utilized to treat PCOS. None of these agents are currently FDA-approved for the treatment of PCOS or for related symptoms such as anovulation, hirsutism, or acne. These include metformin (117-119), thiazolidinediones, and an experimental insulin sensitizer drug, d-chiro-inositol (120).
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common but poorly understood endocrinopathy diagnosed by the combination of oligomenorrhea, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Many of the women with PCOS are also uniquely and variably insulin-resistant. This can manifest as hyperinsulinemia, glucose intolerance, and frank diabetes. Affected women are plagued by infertility, menstrual disorders, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and peripheral skin disorders including acne and hirsutism. The etiology of the syndrome is poorly understood. Many, if not most, US women with PCOS are also obese, which exacerbates many of the symptoms of the syndrome. This suggests that lifestyle interventions should be the first line treatment for these obese women. Treatment tends to be symptom-based, although some treatments can address multiple presenting complaints. The two most commonly used medications for chronic treatment, oral contraceptives and insulin sensitizing, do appear to improve multiple aspects...
Most studies done in this area have shown that various types of therapy can help us to feel self-confident. What works in these types of therapy is restructuring the way we think about things, for example, challenging the notion, 'Once my acne goes away, then all things will be OK'. Rather say, 'My acne is part of me. I'm not proud of my acne. There is more to me. But, I can go to that dance, I can get that job, and I'm not going to wait for that to happen.' It is important not to put our lives on hold and this is one way to feel less self-conscious. Secondly, engaging in more social interactions, making more eye contact, wearing the clothes we want to wear, going to the places we want to go, will make us less self-conscious. Thirdly, knowing how to deal with people's reactions, as we spoke about earlier, things like staring or asking questions, once we become confident about that, we have a tool box to take out with us every time. This gives us a sense of confidence that we can cope...
Although it deals with facial disfigurement that is not skin disease, this example highlights how the anonymity that comes with being a stranger leads to people casting aside basic social norms, such as politeness and respect for others' feelings. It is common for people with visible skin conditions to be subjected to socially stigmatising reactions from strangers rather than from people with whom they are likely to have more consistent contact. The case described above may seem extreme. However, even in cases where there is no intention to hurt or be rude, the effects of stigma are no less hurtful, though the rejection may be more subtle. Anthony, a 21-year-old acne sufferer, describes his experience
Prior to the development of the pulsed dye laser, the argon laser was the best option for treating blood vessels. Introduced in the 1970s, the argon laser produces blue-green light with a wavelength of 514 nm. This color is well absorbed by the hemoglobin molecule in red blood cells and is near a peak in the absorption spectrum of hemoglobin (fig. 4.1), and thus has a selective effect on vascular tissue. This laser was used primarily by ophthalmologists to destroy abnormal blood vessels in the retina that occur in diseases such as diabetes and can lead to blindness if untreated. The argon laser was used with some success to treat cutaneous blood vessels. Most responsive were large facial vessels (telangiectases), which are common in people with the acne-like skin disease rosacea and can also occur in people who have had excessive chronic sun exposure. The physical and optical properties of port wine stains are different from those of telangiectases such that treating them with the...
Cushing's disease results when the adrenal glands secrete too great a quantity of its hormones into the patient's system. Cushing's disease is characterized by atypical disposition of fat in the face (referred to as moon face), in the shoulder areas (referred to as buffalo hump), edema, hypertension, acne, and diabetes mellitus.
Unlike conditions such as cancer and HIV, which are ranked high on the list of medical problems in terms of public awareness, dermatological conditions rarely receive attention in public health campaigns and so their effect on people's lives tends to be underrated. Furthermore, this lack of awareness means that less is known about the causes and consequences of skin diseases as compared to other, more high profile, medical conditions. It is estimated that approximately 20 per cent of the UK population suffer with some form of skin disease at any time, with eczema, acne and infectious disorders (e.g. athlete's foot) being the most commonly presented complaints at GP's surgeries.
In the early 1900's, when radiology was a relatively new science, a number of the lawsuits involved bums and tissue damage suffered during diagnostic x-ray studies, which resulted from long and repeated exposures and an imprecise technology. Later, x-ray was used to treat various conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, and lymph node inflammation or adenitis. Today, radiation therapy usually means cancer treatment. Cases involving the prescription of an excessive dosage are the radiologist's responsibility. Injuries resulting from the radiographer's failure to follow the dosage plan are the result of the radiographer's error.
Folliculitis caused by gram-negatives (Enterobacteriaceae, Klebsiella, Escherichia, Serratia or Proteus) that is observed in the perioral region in patients with common acne and very seborrheic skin who have been treated over a long period with systemic tetracycline and or topical antibiotics. It is treated with oral isotretinoin. Folliculitis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa that occurs in small epidemics related to contaminated bathtubs, jacuzzis and swimming pools is
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive resurfacing modality used to gently remove only the superficial layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum, see chapter 2). First developed in Europe, these treatments were introduced in the United States in the late 1990s and have gained great popularity. The chief appeal of microdermabrasion is that multiple treatments can improve skin texture and lessen the appearance of fine wrinkles and even acne scars, all with no detectable Coblation is that the treatment head is a fixed size and thus requires that a swath of skin of this width be treated. In contrast, the erbium YAG laser employs various spot sizes, some less than 2 mm wide, enabling greater precision of skin removal. Skin surface features such as wrinkle shoulders and acne scars can be selectively ablated with the erbium YAG laser.
The skin at the site of venipuncture must be free of lesions. Both arms must be examined for signs of intravenous drug abuse. The common findings would be needle puncture marks and or sclerotic veins. Mild skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, or rash of poison ivy are not necessarily cause for deferment unless present in the antecubital area or are unusually extensive. Donors with boils, purulent wounds, or severe skin infections anywhere on the body should be deferred, as should anyone with purplish-red or hemorrhagic nodules or indurated plaques suggestive of Kaposi's sarcoma.
PF. young, muscular male androgenic alopecia acne testicular atrophy. Anabolic steroids are widely abused by weight lifters, ot her athletes, and the lay public. Although androgens increase muscle mass significantly, they produce only slight increases in strength. Numerous side effects have been reported, including hepatic neoplasia, glucose intolerance, decreased HDL-C levels, hypertension, testicular atrophy and oligospermia, virilization and amenorrhea, acne, and alopecia. Other consequences of androgen abuse include mood disturbances and irritability that may result in aggressive behavior and injury to others.
There are no data to suggest that women benefit from routine supplementation with testosterone.82 A few early studies suggested that testosterone improved women's sexual function but also caused significant adverse effects, such as acne, excess facial and body hair, and abnormal lipid levels. Testosterone may improve hot flushes in women whose symptoms are resistant to estrogen or estrogen progestin. A combination of estrogen and methyl testosterone is available for the treatment of resistant hot flushes, but it has not been approved for the treatment of sexual dysfunction.
At one time physicians frequently prescribed estrogens in the treatment of severe acne. The estrogens caused the sebaceous secretions to be more fluid. Hence, the pores did not tend to clog so easily. You should know that this treatment is not as popular as it once was. Today other products are sometimes given in conjunction with antibiotics (for example, tetracyclines) in the treatment of acne.
ID CC A 26-year-old female who models for photography magazines is referred to the dermatologist by her family doctor because of persistent acne that has been unresponsive to the usual treatment. PE Sensorium normal oriented and cooperative mouth is dry no signs of present depression or mania face shows presence of severe cystic acne on chin, forehead, and upper chest with folliculitis. Treatment Acne treatment with isotretinoin (teratogenic), chronic, low-dose tetracycline, benzoyl peroxide. Discussion Lithium is the preferred treatment for the manic stage of bipolar affective disorder however, its mechanism of action on mood stability is still unclear. One possibility revolves around lithium's effects on the IP3 second-messenger system in the brain. The onset of action may take several days, and side effects may be very bothersome, such as persistent polyuria and polydipsia (ADH antagonism), weight gain, and severe acne. It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to its teratogenic...
Acne affects mainly the face, but it is also found on the neck, chest, back and shoulders. The lesions may or may not be inflamed. The non-inflammatory lesions, comedones, can be closed or open. The inflammatory lesions are the papules, pustules and abscesses. There are two rare and severe forms of acne Any form of acne may leave erythematous or hyperpigmented spots that disappear with the time. Yet sometimes there is scarring, especially in severe forms that tend to be very difficult to treat. In some patients their acne worsens in warm and humid climates. This is due perhaps to overhydration of the corneocytes that exacerbates the plugging of the pilosebaceous ducts. Tropical or estival acne (Majorca's acne) has been described in people whose acne worsened after returning from a beach vacation probably because the application of tanning oils and sunscreens on the face may have a comodogenic effect. Similarly, patients who use retinoic acid or isotretinoin and expose themselves to...
Two months ago, her dermatologist put her on low-dose tetracycline to prevent acne flare-ups. Tetracyclines are bacteriostatic antibiotics that bind to the 30S ribosomal unit, blocking synthesis of protein by preventing attachment of aminoacyl-tRNA. if taken with alkaline foods such as milk and antacids, GI absorption is decreased. Tetracycline is used both therapeutically and prophylactically for chlamydial genitourinary infections, Lyme disease, tularemia, cholera, and acne. Other side effects include brownish discoloration of the teeth 111 children (com rain dicated in pregnancy), photosensitivity, aminoaciduria, proteinuria, phosphaturia, acidosis, and glycosuria (Fanconi-like syndrome), p.262, 267
The answers are 59-c, 60-g, 61-b. (Fitzpatrick, 3 e, pp 2, 12, 300. Sapira, pp 108-110.) Acne is an inflammation of the pilosebaceous units of the face and trunk occurring usually in adolescence. It manifests itself as comedones, papulopustules, or nodules and cysts. Rosacea is a chronic acneform disorder of the facial pilosebaceous units coupled with an increased reactivity of capillaries to heat leading to flushing and the formation of telangiectasia. Melasma is an acquired hyperpigmentation that occurs in sun-exposed areas, especially the face. It is common in women with brown and black skin color and may occur in pregnancy or with oral contraceptive use. Discoid lupus presents with facial plaques that may result in dyspigmentation and scarring. Red man (neck) syndrome is due to histamine release and occurs in patients who receive a rapid infusion of vancomycin. A spider angioma is a pulsatile arteriolar lesion that blanches with pressure and is seen in patients with...
394, The answer is d, (Hardman, p 1575 .) Isotretinoin is actually a form of high-dose vitamin A therapy Vitamin A itself or ret i no 1 (vitamin A ) could be used, but they have less advantageous pharmacokinetic properties. Antibiotics such as tetracyclines are used in acne, but they have little effect on the nodulocystic form. 396, The answer is a, (Hardman p 1579.) Pregnant women should not take more than a 25 increase in the normal dietary tntake of vitamin A because it is definitely teratogenic, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy Great caution is to be taken in premenopausal females in the therapy of acne and skin wrinkling in which tretinoin or isotretinoin is the therapeutic agent. None oi the other vitamins is particularly teratogenic, except perhaps vitamin D.
Skin lesions occur in 41-94 of cases and are morphologically diverse. Papulopustules, ac-neiform pseudofolliculitis and erythema no-dosa are most common, but pyodermia, ulcerations, necrotizing lesions, Sweet syndrome and superficial thrombophlebitis may also occur. Polymorphic erythema or pyoderma gangreno-sum and pernio-like lesions are rare. Different skin lesions can occur in the same patient, either sequentially or at the same time. Histologi-cally, there is a leucocytic vasculitis with perivascular infiltration by neutrophils and fewer lymphocytes. Even histologically, the differentiation between acne vulgaris and papulo-pustules of BD is difficult. Erythema nodosum, which, when associated with sarcoidosis or other disorders, represents a panniculitis, reveals vasculitic changes and an additional subcutaneous thrombophlebitis in BD. Immunohisto-logically, the infiltrate consists of T cells, NK cells and macrophages.
Hormones of the Suprarenal Cortex (Outside Area). Approximately 28 hormones are produced by the suprarenal cortex. These hormones are produced only in the suprarenal cortex and are essential to life. The hormones of the suprerenal cortex are of most importance during times of stress (like trauma and disease). The hormones produced here tend to keep body metabolism stable during such periods of stress. The hormones reduce fluid loss, stabilize blood glucose, reduce inflammation, and prevent shock. Animals that have had their adrenal glands removed die under much less stress than do animals that have their adrenal glands. Occasionally, the suprarenal cortex malfunctions. When its function is reduced, a condition called Addison's disease results. Fatigue, muscle weakness, weight loss, low blood pressure, gastronintestinal upset, and collapse are clinical signs of Addison's disease. When the suprarenal cortex too actively secretes its hormones, a condition called Cushing's disease...
These are physicians who specialise in dealing with skin conditions which require medical treatment. The conditions that dermatologists work with include acne, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, urticaria and some skin cancers. They often prescribe conventional medical treatments such as steroid creams, tablets, lotions and sessions of ultraviolet light therapy and can give good advice to patients and parents of children with skin conditions on good management of the skin. Since they tend to specialise in the physiological aspects of the skin, some dermatologists do not always appreciate the psychological aspects that can be associated with the condition - and this is where psychologists and psychiatrists can come in.
Between worsening and stability but also by the uncertainty of not actually knowing when these fluctuations will happen. These episodes may be dependent on specific environmental or behavioural factors, but the episodes may sometimes appear to fluctuate at random. This will have implications for how the people cope with their condition and the feelings of control that they have over their condition. Most well-known skin diseases such as acne, vitiligo, psoriasis and eczema can be episodic in nature.
Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and vitiligo often require treatment and medication to improve the condition. Medical compliance (how well patients follow treatment programmes) has been a topic of study in child medicine because compliance with treatment programmes is very often not achieved. Although compliance varies greatly by medical condition, compliance with long-term treatment programmes is usually inferior to that of short-term treatment regimes. Typical problems involved with the treatment of child skin disease include
Sebaceous glands empty into hair follicles and the ducts, if blocked (sebaceous cyst), may resemble a staphylococcal abscess or may become secondarily infected. Chronic folliculitis is uncommon except in acne vulgaris where normal flora, for example, Propionibacterium acnes, may play a role. Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs in either acute or chronic forms and can lead to recurrent axillary or pudendal abscesses.
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There are so many misconceptions about what exactly causes acne and why certain people suffer from it while others live a blemish-free life, never having to experience the pain from excessive acne.