Editor: Alberto Conde-Taboada

Dermatological Treatments

Personal Book: US $49 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $215
Printed Copy: US $191
Library Book: US $196
ISBN: 978-1-60805-431-2
eISBN: 978-1-60805-234-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080523491120101

Introduction

Dermatological treatments have changed continuously throughout recent decades. Old drugs are recognized as being effective in new indications and new methods of dosage or application have been reported. Novel drugs have also changed the therapeutic approach in numerous diseases, improving patient health and quality of life. Conversely, new adverse reactions, drug interactions and unfamiliar risks have also increased. This e-book organizes information about different treatments available for treating dermatological conditions, focusing on a practical approach and systematizing drug interactions, adverse events, and patterns of intake or application.

This e-book is comprised of 3 sections, based on the way the treatment is applied: topical treatments, systemic treatments and physical therapies. Topical therapy is probably the most important mode to treat diseases of skin, releasing the active drug directly on the affected area. Both local and global effects can be achieved, as well as different adverse reactions are sometimes obtained. Systemic treatments are important in dermatology in conditions affecting a huge surface or when a potent means of therapy is needed. Physical therapies are highly specific in nature with respect to skin diseases, using different light sources combined with several substances to obtain the desired effect on epidermal structures. Every section contains several chapters dedicated to the different groups of drugs. Specific emphasis is given to the practical usage of each drug with comprehensive tables facilitating the information.

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Foreword

With the advances in basic sciences and clinical research, Dermatology has evolved over the past 25 years of the last century from an almost exclusively descriptive specialty to a more comprehensive medicine branch encompassing all the scientific advances in the field.

Accordingly, as dermatology has grown, dermatological therapy has progressed from an art provided with empirical treatments and “pearls” to evidence based treatments and procedures, with striking improvement in our ability to manage skin disorders.

As dermatologic therapy is rapidly changing, an up-to-date survey of the main dermatological treatments is needed. The purpose of this book, edited by Dr. Conde- Taboada is to provide an informative text designed to be practical for residents and physicians. To achieve this objective, a group of young dermatologists and pharmacists, trained in the evidence-based medicine era, were recruited as assistant authors for the different chapters.

The book is divided into the three main dermatological treatment areas, excluding surgical procedures, namely: topical, systemic and physical therapies, covering from basic aspects of topical therapy to the most recent biologic treatments. In every chapter, the main medications are presented paying attention to their indications (including off-label), dosage, adverse events, contraindications… etc. The accompanying tables and figures will also help in global understanding.

The goal of this book is to be a comprehensive revision of all the therapeutic modalities or strategies in dermatology. Being an eBook makes it easy to hand on every day work, and we think it is a valuable tool to improve the daily practical approach to our patients.

Carlos de la Torre
Dermatology Department
Complexo Hospitalario de Pontevedra
Spain

Eduardo López Bran
Dermatology Department
Hospital Clínico San Carlos
Madrid
Spain


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