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Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Children and adults with eczema shouldn't suffer in silence because new, improved treatments can do more to help ease the uncomfortable, itchy rash associated with the skin condition. Many adults diagnosed with eczema (atopic dermatitis) actually had the condition since they were children but were never diagnosed, explained Dr. Luz Fonacier. She is an allergist in Mineola, N.Y., and an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) board member. "Atopic dermatitis is underdiagnosed in the United States," Fonacier said in an ACAAI news release. "Many adults don't seek out medical care, preferring to self-treat instead, either with home remedies or over-the-counter drugs. Often, they aren't aware they have eczema, and they also don't know treatments have changed a lot in the last few years. There are new drugs and topical medications that can make a ... Read more

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Black Children Missing Out on Eczema Treatment

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Black children may have more severe eczema than white children, but they are less likely to visit a doctor for this common inflammatory skin condition, new research shows. Eczema causes the skin to become red and itchy. Roughly 11 percent of children in the United States are affected by the condition, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Previous studies have demonstrated disparities in overall health care utilization among racial and ethnic minorities, but few studies have examined this question specifically for eczema," said senior study author Dr. Junko Takeshita. She is an assistant professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. "This is the first study to look at racial and ethnic differences in health care utilization for eczema on an individual level rather than ... Read more

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Methylprednisolone for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – A drug used for some cases of kidney disease can raise the risk of serious infections, researchers say. A clinical trial was stopped early when researchers discovered that patients on the drug – a corticosteroid called methylprednisolone – suffered a concerning number of serious side effects. Most often, that meant severe infections, including pneumonia and meningitis. Overall, nearly 15 percent of patients on the drug had a serious "adverse event" over two years, the investigators found. That compared with 3 percent of patients given placebo pills, the researchers reported. The study focused on patients with a form of kidney disease called immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy. It arises when IgA – an immune system protein – builds up in the kidneys, leading to inflammation. Methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids suppress the immune system and quell ... Read more

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Eczema Can Take a Toll on Adults

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – The itchy, rashy skin condition eczema sometimes takes a heavier toll on adults than children, an expert says. "Adult eczema patients may have dealt with their symptoms for their entire lives, which can be draining, or they may experience symptoms for the first time as adults, which can be a difficult adjustment," said Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Either way, this condition can take a real toll on them," added Silverberg, director of Northwestern's Multidisciplinary Eczema Center. Some people mistakenly regard eczema as a childhood disease and not a serious health problem for adults, he said. "People who aren't familiar with the disease might say, 'It's just eczema.' But for many patients, it's not 'just eczema.' It can be debilitating," Silverberg said in a news release ... Read more

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Forget Steroid Shots for Long-Term Relief of Arthritic Knees

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Steroid shots are a common treatment for arthritic knees. But, a new study says their long-term use is ineffective and may even reduce cartilage. Knee osteoarthritis patients who got steroid injections every three months for two years had no less pain than those taking a placebo treatment. And they had greater loss of cartilage, the rubbery tissue that acts as a cushion between the bones of joints, researchers found. "This research will change how I talk to patients," said Dr. Seth Leopold, a professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "I will tell patients that the best information we now have suggests that these injections may not help, and extended use may thin your cartilage," said Leopold, who wasn't involved in the study. "We should only try them in someone who doesn't have alternatives, and we should ... Read more

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Is It Wise to Take a Steroid for a Sore Throat?

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Researchers seeking new sore throat treatments report only modest success with a single dose of a steroid medication. Concerns about growing bacterial resistance to antibiotics have led scientists to look for alternative therapies for sore throat, a common reason for doctor visits. In this new British study, a steroid medication led to improvement in about one-third of patients with sore throat. But, two U.S. physicians said they aren't rushing to prescribe the drugs on the basis of these results. Steroid treatment "might mask a more serious problem. That's really pretty important," said Dr. Robert Centor, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Most sore throats are relatively simple, but some are relatively dangerous, and people can die or end up in the ICU," said Centor, who wasn't involved in the study. "Steroids could ... Read more

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Steroid Shots Offer No Long-Term Relief for Low-Back Pain

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Chronic lower back pain affects millions of Americans. Many try steroid injections to ease their discomfort, but researchers now say this remedy provides only short-term relief. In their study, investigators from France focused on 135 patients with back pain seemingly caused by inflammation between the discs and bones (vertebrae) in the lower spine. The researchers found that a single steroid injection eased pain for one month. After that, however, effectiveness waned. Virtually no difference was seen one year after treatment between patients who did or didn't get the injection. "Our results do not support the wide use of an injection of glucocorticoid in alleviating symptoms in the long term in this condition," said lead researcher Dr. Christelle Nguyen. The findings are consistent with earlier studies, said Nguyen, an assistant professor of physical medicine ... Read more

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4 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – When you're enjoying the great outdoors, be on the lookout for poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. The urushiol oil in their sap can cause itching, a red rash and blisters. These symptoms can appear from a few hours to several days after exposure, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Learn what these plants look like so you can avoid them. The old saying "Leaves of three, let it be" is a helpful reminder for poison ivy and poison oak. But it's not foolproof – the form may vary depending on the type of plant you encounter. Poison sumac, meanwhile, usually has clusters of 7 to 13 leaves, according to the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. If you're working in areas with these plants, wear long sleeves, long pants tucked into boots and impermeable gloves. Wash garden tools and gloves regularly. Wash pets if they may ... Read more

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Steroid Shot for Hip Pain May Carry Infection Risk If Too Close to Surgery

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – Patients who've received a steroid injection for hip pain should wait at least three months before having hip replacement surgery, a new study suggests. "The risk of developing an infection after surgery increased significantly in patients who had a hip replacement within three months of receiving a steroid injection," study author Dr. William Schairer, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "However, in patients who had a steroid injection and then waited three months or longer to have the surgery, there was no increased risk at all." Steroid injections are widely used to ease pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. These injections can weaken the immune system, which could increase infection risk, the researchers explained. "Hip replacement is a common and safe procedure that relieves pain and ... Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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Knee Arthritis: Steroid Shots May Not Help Long-Term, Ozone Injections Promising

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Millions of aging Americans are plagued by arthritic knees, and two new studies offer insight into what might – or might not – help curb the condition. Both studies were presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting in San Francisco. One study found that a popular therapy, steroid drug injections, do nothing to slow progression of osteoarthritis in the knee. This type of treatment is common, but has never been specifically tested, and there are concerns about its safety, according to a team led by Dr. Tim McAlindon, chief of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. His team tracked outcomes for 140 people – mainly overweight white women – with knee arthritis who averaged 58 years of age. The patients received either injections of the steroid triamcinolone hexacetonide, or placebo injections of saline, every three months ... Read more

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'Tennis Elbow' Usually Heals Without Therapy, Study Finds

Posted 1 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 – Most people with tennis elbow recover without physical therapy and steroid injections, according to a study by researchers in Norway. "I'm not surprised because that's really been the classic teaching," said Dr. Joshua Dines, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "The number that's often cited is that 90 percent of tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, will get better by the end of the year no matter what you do." Study first author Dr. Morten Olaussen, a specialist in family medicine at the University of Oslo, agreed that the finding was expected. But, he added, "it is interesting to note that after one year, as much as one-third of the patients still reported considerable discomfort." What was surprising, said Olaussen, was that physical therapy was not effective. "It has been shown to be effective in earlier research but then on ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Mosquito Bites

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Mosquito bites are itchy and annoying, and tough to ignore when they're virtually screaming "scratch me!" The Mayo Clinic recommends: applying calamine lotion, using hydrocortisone cream, applying an ice pack or cold compress, combating a more significant allergic reaction by taking an oral, over-the-counter antihistamine. Read more

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Got a Rash? You Might Be Allergic to Nickel, Dermatologist Says

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Nickel is one of the most common causes of a skin rash that occurs due to contact with an allergen, a dermatologist says. This type of rash, allergic contact dermatitis, can be caused by nickel in jewelry, a patient's diet, nickel in a medical implant or nickel in a medication that's applied to the skin, said Dr. Jennifer Chen, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, in Stanford, Calif. Typically, an allergic reaction to this metal occurs in an area of skin that comes into contact with an item such as a necklace, belt buckle, zipper, eyeglass frames or cellphone. But nickel in foods can cause an allergic reaction that is more widespread on the body. Foods high in nickel include nuts, seeds, chocolate, wheat and rye, Chen said. "Although allergic reactions to dietary nickel are not as common as nickel allergies overall, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Poison Ivy

Posted 25 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you've been exposed to poison ivy, a few suggestions can help ease the itch, prevent the rash's spread and reduce your risk of skin infection. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Immediately after possible exposure, use soap and lukewarm water to wash the skin. Avoid scrubbing areas already laden with a poison ivy rash. Remove all clothing that could have touched the plant, and wash immediately. Use lukewarm soapy water to wash anything that may have touched the plant, including gardening tools, golf clubs, pet fur or pet leashes. Don't scratch the area, since doing so could lead to a skin infection. Don't rub or remove peeling skin. Soothe itchy skin with a short, lukewarm bath in colloidal oatmeal or baking soda. Then apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone to help ease itching. Use a cool compress to soothe itchy skin, or take an oral antihistamine. Read more

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