Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is important and can make a significant difference in the lives of these patients, according to Toronto-based dermatologist Dr. Afsaneh Alavi. “HS is a chronic and debilitating disease that commonly [occurs] in the young population of patients after puberty. HS is three times more common in female patients,” said Dr. Alavi, speaking at the 3rd annual Skin Spectrum Summit in Toronto on Apr. 8, 2017. Dr.
Researchers from Denmark caution that psoriasis patients might have an increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm. This research adds significantly to current evidence of psoriasis as a clinically relevant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, said Dr. Usman Khalid, lead author of a report published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (May 2016; 36(5):1043–1048). “Psoriasis must be considered as a systemic inflammatory disease rather than an isolated skin
A group of scientists and dermatologists are studying the role sweat glands play in how aging skin recovers from wounds. The goal of the researchers is to learn more about aging skin and gain insight into how to better treat and slow the aging process. The study, published online in the journal Aging Cell (May 17, 2016), compared the skin of 18 elderly subjects to the skin of 18 young adults, to determine how each group healed skin lesions. The lesions were created by the res
Dermatologists might be able to improve patient comfort during skin cancer screening by respecting patient preferences for the physician’s gender and by allowing the patient the option of leaving on their undergarments, researchers suggested in a report published online in JAMA Dermatology (May 11, 2016). “This study identifies barriers to getting skin checks. Giving patients choices that reduce embarrassment during an exam may make a person more likely to get regular skin c
Speaking at Skin Spectrum Summit in Montreal, Toronto dermatologist Dr. Gary Sibbald presented several pearls for the treatment of patients with psoriasis. Occlusive treatments Topical treatments for psoriasis can be compounded into a wide range of vehicles with different advantages, said Dr. Sibbald. Occlusive vehicles, such as ointments or patches, have an anti-psoriatic effect on their own beyond the active agent they carry, he said. As an example, he detailed a study that