Skin Infections

Feb 15, 2010 Issue
Discrete Papules on the Thigh of a Child [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Acute Pruritic Rash on the Foot [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

May 15, 2008 Issue
Common Tinea Infections in Children [Article]

The common dermatophyte genera Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton are major causes of superficial fungal infections in children. These infections (e.g., tinea corporis, pedis, cruris, and unguium) are typically acquired directly from contact with infected humans or animals or indirectly f...

Nov 15, 2007 Issue
Retapamulin (Altabax) 1% Topical ointment for the Treatment of Impetigo [STEPS]

Retapamulin is an effective alternative to topical mupirocin in the treatment of limited-area impetigo in patients older than nine months. Although it is more expensive, retapamulin does have a dosing advantage over mupirocin; it only requires a twice-a-day application for five days, whereas mupiroc...

Jun 15, 2007 Issue
Herpes Zoster Virus Vaccine (Zostavax) for the Prevention of Shingles [STEPS]

Herpes zoster vaccine decreases the incidences of shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. Despite unresolved questions about cost-effectiveness, and pending issues regarding reimbursement, it is an effective vaccine that should be offered to patients who are 60 years or older.

Nov 1, 2006 Issue
Interventions for Molluscum Contagiosum [Cochrane for Clinicians]

There is insufficient evidence to determine whether treatments for molluscum are effective.

Oct 1, 2006 Issue
IDSA Releases Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections [Practice Guidelines]

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released evidence-based guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of skin and soft tissue infections.

Oct 15, 2005 Issue
Genital Herpes: A Review [Article]

Genital herpes simplex virus infection is a recurrent, lifelong disease with no cure. The strongest predictor for infection is a person's number of lifetime sex partners. The natural history includes first-episode mucocutaneous infection, establishment of latency in the dorsal root ganglion, and sub...

Dec 15, 2004 Issue
Management of Genital Warts [Article]

Genital warts caused by human papillomavirus infection are encountered commonly in primary care. Evidence guiding treatment selection is limited, but treatment guidelines recently have changed. Biopsy, viral typing, acetowhite staining, and other diagnostic measures are not routinely required. The g...

Jan 15, 2004 Issue
Pediculosis and Scabies [Article]

Pediculosis and scabies are caused by ectoparasites; patients usually present with itching. Head and pubic lice infestations are diagnosed by the visualization of insects or viable nits (eggs). Primary treatment is topically administered 1 percent permethrin. Malathion is one alternative for treatme...

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