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Advice on nail health presented at conference

Consultant Dermatologist Dr David de Berker, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK, delivered two presentations on nails at the PCDSI conference symposium on the topic.  The first talk focused on inflammatory and infective disorders, including psoriasis, eczema and lichen planus and their management and treatment.  The second talk highlighted the main traumatic…

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The basics of wound care

The basics of good wound care and wound dressings were covered in a comprehensive talk by Prof Mark Davis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, US. The three key principles in wound care, Prof Davis told delegates, are: Treat the underlying cause; keep it clean (debridement); and…

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Update on alopecia at hair and nails symposium

The hair and nails symposium on the second day of the PCDSI conference opened with a talk from Dr Ahmed Kazmi on the topic of male and female pattern hair loss. It was the first of two talks delivered by London-based Dr Kazmi, GP and dermatology specialty doctor, on alopecia. The first talk provided advice…

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Advice on diagnosing Lyme disease

The prevalence of Lyme disease is most likely increasing in Europe, delegates at the PCDSI conference in Cork heard. Consultant Dermatologist Dr Rachel Morris-Jones, based at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, said global awareness of the disease had increased in recent years and is suspected by many online groups of being the…

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Danger of antibiotic resistance highlighted

Antibiotic resistance will be responsible for more deaths worldwide than cancer by 2050 and resulted in 37,000 multi-drug resistant infection deaths in the EU last year. The statistics were highlighted by Cork GP Dr Nuala O’Connor, ICGP Lead Advisor on Antimicrobial Drug Resistance and Infection Control, during her presentation on antibiotic resistance in primary care…

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Presentation on identifying rashes caused by antibiotics

An outline of the frequently observed antibiotic-induced drug eruption patterns and the common and occasionally severe problem of drug-induced skin disease was highlighted to PCDSI delegates in Cork. Dr Sarah Walsh, Consultant Dermatologist at King’s Hospital, London, in her presentation on rashes caused by antibiotics, examined the early signs and presenting symptoms as they might…

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Topical therapy for psoriasis discussed

A huge unmet need in the treatment of mild psoriasis exists in primary care, with a lot of investment instead being made in expensive biologics, according to a GP specialising in dermatology. In an update on topical therapies for psoriasis, Dr Johnny Loughnane, Limerick GP and founding member of the PCDSI, told delegates “there isn’t…

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Myths surrounding topical steroids addressed

Myths surrounding the use of topical steroids are common and contribute to under-use, which is a huge problem in the management of atopic dermatitis, according to a UK-based dermatologist. Dr Deirdre Buckley, Royal United Hospital, Bath, in her presentation on ‘How to manage eczema’, highlighted several myths about topical steroids, including the falsely-held view that…

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Atopic dermatitis overview

The prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) in countries such as China and Africa is increasing, while cases may have peaked in some developed countries, PCDSI conference delegates were informed. In his talk, an ‘Update on Eczema in 2020’, Prof Alan Irvine, Consultant Dermatologist in Children’s Hospital Ireland and St James’s Hospital, Dublin, noted that eczema…

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The treatment of acne

Acne treatment should aim to eliminate the emotional stress associated with the condition and prevent physical scarring, Consultant Dermatologist at Tallaght University Hospital Prof Maureen Connolly told the Primary Care Society of Ireland (PCDSI) meeting in Cork at the end of February. When assessing acne, she recommended that GPs examine the type of lesions, severity,…

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