Skin Infections

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...

Mar 15, 2003 Issue
Molluscum Contagiosum and Warts [Article]

Molluscum contagiosum and warts are benign epidermal eruptions resulting from viral infections of the skin. Molluscum contagiosum eruptions are usually self-limited and without sequelae, although they can be more extensive in immunocompromised persons. Spontaneous disappearance of lesions is the nor...

Jan 1, 2003 Issue
Dermatophyte Infections [Article]

Dermatophytes are fungi that require keratin for growth. These fungi can cause superficial infections of the skin, hair, and nails. Dermatophytes are spread by direct contact from other people (anthropophilic organisms), animals (zoophilic organisms), and soil (geophilic organisms), as well as indir...

May 15, 2002 Issue
Topical Treatment of Common Superficial Tinea Infections [Article]

Tinea infections are superficial fungal infections caused by three species of fungi collectively known as dermatophytes. Commonly these infections are named for the body part affected, including tinea corporis (general skin), tinea cruris (groin), and tinea pedis (feet). Accurate diagnosis is necess...

Mar 15, 2002 Issue
Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infections [Article]

Neonatal herpes simplex virus infections can result in serious morbidity and mortality. Many of the infections result from asymptomatic cervical shedding of virus after a primary episode of genital HSV in the third trimester. Antibodies to HSV-2 have been detected in approximately 20 percent of preg...

Jul 1, 2000 Issue
More Than Just a Comet... [Photo Quiz]

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

Mar 15, 2000 Issue
Treatment of Common Cutaneous Herpes Simplex Virus Infections [Article]

Herpes simplex virus infection is increasingly common in the United States. New antiviral medications have expanded treatment options for the two most common cutaneous manifestations, orolabial and genital herpes. Acyclovir therapy remains an effective and often less expensive option. Famciclovir an...

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