Treatments used in Dermatology

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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013




What is photodynamic therapy (PDT) ? It is a technique which consists of producing activated oxygen by using a photsensitizing substance combined with a source of light. How does it work ? Applying a cream (containing aminolevulinic acid) enables it to combine with porphyrins. The latter then become activated thus susceptible to light. Their reaction […]

Treatment of Skin Cancer with MOHS Micrographic Surgery

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011




Treatment of Skin Cancer with MOHS Micrographic Surgery Your doctor might have recommended micrographic surgery to take away your skin cancer. This page will try to explain the important things related to this surgery as well as the risks and benefits. What is MOHS (Micrographic) Surgery ? Named after the surgeon who developed this technique, […]

Tetracyclines

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Your doctor has prescribed a tetracycline for you: common tetracyclline include: Tetracycline Minocycline Doxycyline What are tetracyclines used for? Tetracyclines are used to treat infections. They are also used for the treatment of acne by suppressing the growth of the acne bacteria and decreasing the inflammation caused by the bacteria. How should I take tetracyclines? […]

Sunscreens

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland What are sunscreens used for? Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet, visible and infra-red radiation of the sun can cause sunburn, premature aging and wrinkling, brown pigmentation, hypersensitivity reactions to sunlight and skin cancer. Although your skin has its own natural defence mechanism, it’s not enough to prevent the […]

Oral Steroids

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Oral Steroids Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland Your doctor has just prescribed an oral steroid for you. What are steroids used for? Steroids are similar to the natural hormones produced in the body and are often used to supplement them to help your body fight against certain illness. They are used to relieve […]

Potassium permanganate

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Dr Christophe HSU – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland Potassium Permanganate is a skin disinfectant and cleansing agent. It is used for soothing eczema (skin rash) and for drying wet wounds. Dissolve a few crystals in a container of water. Dilute it to a light purple colour solution. Then use this solution as follows: Bath: Fill a […]

Oral psoralen (methoxsalen)

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Your doctor has prescribed methoxsalen for you. It is also known as meladinine. What is methoxsalen used for? Methoxsalen belongs to a group of medicines called psoralens. Methoxsalen increases your skin’s sensitivity to high intensity long wave ultraviolet light (UVA). It is used together with ultraviolet light in a treatment called PUVA to treat psoriasis […]

Topical psoralen (methoxsalen) (valid on areas close to the equator only)

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Your doctor has just prescribed a topical methoxsalen paint for you. It is also called meladinine. What is topical methoxsalen used for? Methoxsalen belongs to a group of medicines called psoralens. Topical methoxsalen is used on the skin to treat vitiligo or other skin problems as determined by your doctor. It increases the sensitivity of […]

Methotrexate

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland Your doctor has just prescribed methotrexate for you. What is methotrexate used for? Methotrexate is a medicine used to treat psoriasis. It is also used for many other diseases In Psoriasis, your skin cells grow and mature too rapidly, resulting in elevated, red plaques covered by dry silvery […]

Oral Isotretinoin

Sunday, November 29th, 2009




Your doctor has prescribed oral isotretinoin for use. What is isotretinoin used for? Isotretinoin is used to treat severe acne that has not responded to other acne medicines. It reduces the oil gland activity and clears inflammation. How should I take isotretinoin? Isotretinoin is available in the form of capsules. Take this medicine as directed […]

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