By Paul K. Buxton
(BMJ Books) Royal Infirmary, united kingdom. bargains a concise evaluation of all the necessities of dermatology, written for non-dermatologists and first care physicians. Discusses a number of universal stipulations similar to psoriasis, eczema, zits and rosacea, bacterial an infection, viral an infection, tropical dermatology, and extra. plentiful colour images. prior version: c1998. Softcover.
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They are tender and progress over four to eight weeks from an acute erythematous stage to residual lesions resembling bruises. Single or multiple lesions occur, varying in size from 1 to 5 cm. The lesions are often preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection and may be associated with fever and arthralgia. Infections (streptococcal, tuberculous, viral, and fungal) and sarcoidosis are the commonest underlying conditions. Drugs can precipitate erythema nodosum, the contraceptive pill and the sulphonamides being the commonest cause.
There is no common condition that can be used as a “reference point” with which less usual lesions can be compared in the same way as rashes can be compared with psoriasis. A different approach is needed for the assessment of blistering or pustular lesions, based on the history and appearance, and is summarised as the three Ds: development, duration, and distribution. Development Was there any preceding systemic illness—as in chickenpox, hand, foot, and mouth disease, and other viral infections?
Angio-oedema is due to oedema of the subcutaneous tissues; it can occur rapidly and may involve the mucous membranes. Hereditary angio-oedema is a rare form with recurrent severe episodes of subcutaneous oedema, swelling of the mucous membranes, and systemic symptoms. Laryngeal oedema is the most serious complication. The physical urticarias, which account for about 25% of cases, include dermatographism and the pressure, cold, heat, solar, cholinergic, and aquagenic urticarias. Dermatographism is an exaggerated release of histamine from stroking the skin firmly with a hard object, such as the end of a pencil.
ABC of Dermatology by Paul K. Buxton