Women's Health

Azathioprine side effects may be misunderstood, overstated
June 01, 2011

Although azathioprine requires caution and ongoing patient monitoring, some say their side effects are less severe than many patients - and some dermatologists - think. Even some medically oriented dermatologists express the concern that "these pills will wreck your liver," which overstates the actual clinical risk, says Neil Shear, M.D.

Continuing medical education changes include physician self-evaluation
April 01, 2011

Physicians immersed in the world of continuing medical education (CME) say big changes are happening. And doctors of all specialties, including dermatology, will be affected by the emerging CME focus: individual outcomes improvement.

Botox treats painful vaginal spasms
March 09, 2011

A plastic surgeon is conducting a clinical trial testing the use of botulinum toxin A on severe cases of vaginismus, msnbc.com reports.

Malignant transformation of nevi unlikely in pregnant patients
November 01, 2010

Melanocytic nevi always have the potential to change in size, shape and color regardless of when they first appear in the skin, or the age of the patient. A recent study shows that though some nevi demonstrate dynamic change throughout a pregnancy, there does not appear to be an increased risk of malignant transformation of these nevi, nor is there an association between changing nevi and melanoma.

Disorders of oral, vaginal mucous membranes overlooked by physicians
September 01, 2010

Dermatologists should be able to diagnose and treat disorders of the oral and vaginal mucous membranes with the same authority they bring to skin problems, experts say.

New assay helps physicians distinquish dermatoses unique to pregnancy
August 01, 2010

For many pregnant women, their bellies aren't the only things popping out during their nine months of gestation. Skin eruptions can plague expectant women any time during pregnancy. While some dermatoses can be simply uncomfortable, others can pose a risk to the unborn fetus.

Nonablative fractional photothermolysis improves postpartum striae rubra
May 01, 2010

Postpartum striae rubra is common, and in Asian skin, these lesions can progress to become hyperpigmented striae distensae. Results from a consecutive case series show the utility of nonablative fractional photothermolysis for treating this problem.

Pregnancy-related skin conditions respond to combination approach
April 01, 2010

Treating dermatologic issues associated with pregnancy often requires individualized treatments combining various agents, an expert says.

Acne treatment in women requires detailed history, systematic approach
February 03, 2010

Strategies for treating adult female acne include taking detailed patient histories, checking for endocrine abnormalities when indicated and, in many cases, prescribing oral contraceptives also approved for acne, according to an expert.

Dermatology meets gynecology: Genital itching, burning benefits from dermatologists' perspective
August 01, 2009

Vulvovaginal symptoms are often best diagnosed by a dermatologist, an expert says.