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The incidence of melanoma in the U.K. is increasing more rapidly than that of most other malignant tumours. Sunburn in childhood increases the risk of malignant melanoma in later life and it is therefore essential that protection of children is improved if primary prevention of melanoma is to be effective. We asked 238 parents in Leicester how they(More)
These guidelines for the management of contact dermatitis have been prepared for dermatologists on behalf of the British Association of Dermatologists. They present evidence-based guidance for treatment, with identification of the strength of evidence available at the time of preparation of the guidelines, including details of relevant epidemiological(More)
The seven-point checklist has been widely advocated as a sensitive screening test for malignant melanoma. A number of groups have questioned the sensitivity of this system, especially in the detection of early lesions. We have assessed the sensitivity and specificity of the revised seven-point checklist when applied to lesions seen in our department over a(More)
BACKGROUND Photoallergic contact dermatitis can be difficult to diagnose if not appropriately investigated. Currently, the most common U.K. photoallergens appear to be sunscreen chemicals. The investigation of choice is photopatch testing (PPT), which is probably underused. In part, this is due to differences in methodology and results interpretation. (More)
There is conflicting evidence regarding the reproducibility of patch testing. Discordant results have been reported in up to 44% of cases. The clinical relevance of these discordant patch tests has not been previously assessed. We studied 383 consecutive patients receiving simultaneous duplicate patch testing on opposite sides of the upper back with 10(More)
Ten patients with extensive plaque psoriasis were treated with calcipotriol ointment (50 micrograms/g) for 2 weeks (200 g for 1 week, followed by 300 g during the second week). Mean improvement in psoriasis area and severity index (PASI) was 71%. Mean 24 h urine calcium rose from 4.79 mmol/24 h to 7.27 mmol/24 h (P < 0.0001). Urine calcium returned towards(More)
These guidelines for management of contact dermatitis have been prepared for dermatologists on behalf of the British Association of Dermatologists. They present evidence-based guidance for investigation and treatment, with identification of the strength of evidence available at the time of preparation of the guidelines, including details of relevant(More)
BACKGROUND Gentamicin is a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis but immediate (type 1) hypersensitivity is unusual. AIMS AND METHODS We report a case of anaphylaxis to gentamicin in a 69-year-old man who developed urticaria, hypotension and loss of consciousness within minutes of receiving intravenous gentamicin. RESULTS The patient was(More)
We studied the efficacy, and time to clearance, of more frequent cryotherapy of viral warts, by randomizing 225 patients to receive treatment at 1-, 2- or 3-weekly intervals. The mean times to clearance of warts in each group were 5.5, 9.5 and 15 weeks in the weekly, 2-weekly and 3-weekly groups, respectively (P < 0.01). Cure rates after 3 months correlated(More)