Insights from Michael CardisVisualDx is a clinical decision support tool developed by the company that publishes Skinsight.com VisualDx is used by physicians, students, and medical staff around the world.
Skin conditions can be a bit of a mystery even to trained professionals. The team that brings you Skinsight also makes a clinical product called VisualDx (www.visualdx.com) for physicians, nurses, and educators. We were excited to see this recent story on Fox News in Los Angeles about VisualDx. If you don't have access to flash to watch the video, you can click on the link below.
Disease summary is provided courtesy of VisualDx, the visual diagnostic decision support system for health care professionals. To view more images of Cocaine Levamisole Toxicity and other visually presenting diseases and adverse drug reactions, log in to VisualDx or try it now. Diagnosis Synopsis Cocaine Levamisole Toxicity : Cocaine contaminated with levamisole has been detected in the United States since 2003, and the incidence of toxicity caused by this contamination has been increasing rapidly since 2008. Use of cocaine that has been adulterated with levamisole can lead to a constellation of symptoms including agranulocytosis, neutropenia, and a vasculitis-like purpuric tender skin eruption. The most common sites of purpura are the external ears and cheeks. The purpura is generally followed by skin necrosis, but resolves several weeks after cessation of cocaine use. Recurrent use of contaminated cocaine generally results in recurrent skin eruptions.
Last week I received a call from a friend of mine who was hysterical because she had purchased a chemical peel from a website, applied it to her face, and had the rapid onset of burning, redness, pain, and discoloration. I asked her what she had ordered and how she put it on. It turns out that she ordered a 35% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel and applied it directly to her cheek. Not all peels are created equally, and if you’re not sure what you are ordering, application should be left to health care professionals such as dermatologists and plastic surgeons. In general, it is a good idea to consult a doctor prior to using any chemical peel because certain aspects of your skin, your medical history, and your expectations will dictate what type of peel is best for you.
I’m a pediatric dermatologist who specializes in the care of severe inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. These conditions can impair the overall health, development, and quality of life of affected children.
With concerns about the H1N1 swine flu and other infectious diseases, many schools are adding hand sanitizer to their list of required supplies this year. But this policy leads to several questions: What should we look for when selecting a hand sanitizer? Do these products really work? If they do work, will using them create drug-resistant organisms? No doubt some of you have seen concerning e-mail reports of children becoming gravely ill after ingesting hand sanitizer. I have two school-aged children, and I decided to find the answers before I set out to buy our school supplies.
As Mohs surgery becomes an ever more widely accepted and available treatment option for nonmelanoma skin cancer, it is very important to know how to choose the right surgeon. Technically, any surgeon who can cut the skin and process the tissue using the Mohs method is performing Mohs surgery – there is no specialized quality control requirement for surgeons who decide that they want to do Mohs. Consequently, as the interest in Mohs increases, it becomes especially important for a patient to select a qualified surgeon. What’s at stake? Nothing less than a patient’s chance for being cured and avoiding disfigurement.
Your skin is a strong, yet delicate barrier that both protects us and plays a role in defining who we are. When something happens to your skin it is a natural tendency to want to fix the problem. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means to get medical help. Luckily there are a number of Dermatologists and doctors that donate their time and skills. November is all about being thankful. In tribute to the upcoming holiday, we would like to recognize several humanitarian efforts in the world of dermatology.