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Pressure ulcers, skin sores, have always been a problem for people who must stay in bed for extended periods and those who use wheelchairs for mobility. It is one of the first things nursing students are taught about patient care because, depending on a patient’s health, skin breakdown can begin in hours. Pressure ulcers can also occur for other reasons. For example, ill-fitting shoes can cause rubbing and sores and someone who has a leg or arm amputation could develop a pressure ulcer where the limb meets their prosthetic. The cause for pressure ulcers is simple: pressure on the skin prevents blood flow to the tissue. This blood flow is essential because it brings oxygen and nutrients to the skin to nourish it and keep it healthy. The longer the pressure is present and the harder the pressure, the more blood is prevented from circulating. Read More
Johns Hopkins researchers report that prurigo nodularis (PN), a skin disease characterized by severely itchy, firm bumps on the skin, may be associated with other inflammatory skin disorders as well as systemic and mental health disorders. Compared with other skin diseases, however, not much is known about PN. While symptoms of PN can be managed, no cures exist. Read More
To better diagnose, treat and manage adult-onset atopic dermatitis, dermatologists should know important differences between the disease when it starts in adulthood, versus in childhood, according to a Grand Rounds Review on adult-onset atopic dermatitis published January 2019 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Twenty-five percent of adults with atopic dermatitis report the disease started in adulthood. Yet, diagnosing adult-onset atopic dermatitis can challenge even expert clinicians because these patients may present with different lesional morphology and distribution than children with atopic dermatitis. And adult-onset atopic dermatitis has a much broader differential diagnosis of eczematous disorders than child-onset disease, according to the paper. Read More
Advances in medical treatment have dramatically improved cancer care and survivorship. However, of the nearly 17 million cancer survivors living in the U.S., it is estimated that one in three of those treated for the cancers below will develop lymphedema. Those most at risk are patients who undergo surgery, radiation therapy or Taxane-based chemotherapy to treat: Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Melanoma, Genital cancers, Urinary cancers. Read More