Research Round-Up — Kybella and Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Today’s dermatology research round-up includes an article from 2 major dermatology journals: JAMA Dermatology and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. This week I’ll be discussing the clinical trial results from Kybella and a new treatment for severe Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Results from the Clinical Trial of Kybella (ATX-101) Kybella has been available to the general public for over a year now. The results from one of the phase 3 clinical trials of Kybella were recently published in a major dermatology journal. (1) This clinical trial randomized 516 patients to receive either Kybella or placebo injections. The patients were […]

Scabies — Information, Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Information About Scabies Scabies is a skin condition caused by the human itch mite (latin name Sarcoptes scabiei). (1) The human itch mite is a small 8-legged insect that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Scabies develops when the mite burrows into the skin and causes an inflammatory reaction. The inflammatory reaction is extremely itchy. The immune system responds to the mites, eggs, and mite feces with an allergic reaction. If you’ve ever suffered from scabies, you know how hard it can be to resist the urge to scratch. Unlike with mosquitoes, insect repellents cannot be used to repel […]

Research Round-Up — Eczema, Acne, & Sunscreen

Today’s dermatology research round-up includes an article from each of the major dermatology journals: JAMA Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and Journal of Investigative Dermatology. This week I’ll be discussing new research in eczema, acne, and sunscreens. Eczema Is More Likely to Persist in Certain Patients A systematic review of 45 studies found that childhood eczema (atopic dermatitis) tends to remit by adulthood in most patients. However, certain patients such as those with late onset disease, long course of disease, and severe disease are more likely to suffer from eczema throughout their life. This research included 110,651 […]

New Treatments For Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) – Dupilumab

There is no cure for eczema. Severe eczema is hard to treat. Systemic drugs specifically indicated to treat eczema don’t currently exist. However, the FDA is currently reviewing a brand new systemic drug to treat eczema. Dupilumab, a biologic drug, is one of the new treatments for eczema that may be coming to the market next year. Treatment of Severe Eczema Topical steroids and moisturizer are the mainstay treatments of eczema. For patients who suffer from severe eczema, topical treatments may not be enough to control their disease symptoms. Severe eczema can be treated with off-label systemic medications. This means […]

Think Sunscreen Doesn’t Work? UV Camera Video Proves It Does

A friend of mine sent me this short UV camera video. He knows I love seeing things like this online. I know getting into the habit of wearing sunscreen all the time is hard. Especially when you might not see the consequences of not wearing sunscreen for many years. This video was taken with a UV camera. It shows how effective sunscreen is when it’s applied. You should still wait your 15 minutes to let it soak in before going outdoors, but your sunscreen does start working right away. uJ.gifv You’re not protected without sunscreen. Apply sunscreen daily. Make it a habit. If […]