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Chlorhexidine Therapeutic Cheat Sheet
CHLORHEXIDINE
by Azam Qureshi, MD on
Disorders of the hair follicles, including hidradenitis suppurativa and folliculitis, are some of the most common dermatologic conditions affecting a wide variety of patients. Chlorhexidine’s bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal properties enable it to be a potent defender of the pilosebaceous unit. We continue our series, Therapeutic Cheat Sheet, with a closer look at chlorhexidine, which has far r …
Thalidomide for Dermatologic Conditions | Therapeutic Cheat Sheet
Thalidomide
by Emily Murphy, MD on
Thalidomide was introduced in the 1950s as a “safe” sleeping medication; however, it quickly became vilified and was removed from the market for its severe teratogenic effects, most commonly phecomelia, or loss of arms and legs. Despite these devastating birth defects, thalidomide has a variety of indications for dermatologic conditions, with manageable side effects when used appropriately. We …
Naltrexone for Pruritus – Therapeutic Cheat Sheet
Naltrexone for pruritus
by Adrianna Gonzalez Lopez, MD on
Pruritus, whether related to inflammatory skin conditions or systemic disease, can be debilitating for patients. In order to improve quality of life for patients suffering from severe pruritus, dermatologists often resort to off-label use of systemic medications. In this month’s installment of our Therapeutic Cheat Sheet Series, we will discuss use of naltrexone for treatment of pruritus. Naltr …