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Adalimumab: Humira  
Abstract: This handout explains the drug adalimumab. It includes how to take it, what to expect, possible side effects, and cautions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
Bleach baths: To fight skin infection  
Abstract: This handout explains what a bleach bath is and gives step-by-step instructions on how to create and use one. Cautions and warnings are included.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Burow's solution: For use on some skin irritations  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions on how to make a cold compress using Burow's solution.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Chronic paronychia: Causes and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains what causes chronic paronychia, an inflammation (redness, swelling, and tenderness) of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. Instructions for two treatment options are included, as well as tips for protecting the nails from further irritations and infections.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Cyclosporine: To treat skin conditions  
Abstract: This handout provides information about taking cyclosporine, a medicine that suppresses the immune system, to treat skin conditions. Included are standard doses, monitoring, side effects, and drug and food interactions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Dangle protocol: After a skin graft to the leg  
Abstract: This handout is for patients who have had a skin graft to their leg and must keep their leg elevated after surgery. It includes a schedule to follow for "dangle protocol," which involves letting the leg hand down for short times.
Author: Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 10/2016
Dapsone: Answers to common questions  
Abstract: This handout provides basic information about dapsone, an antibiotic "sulfa" drug used to treat many contagious and noncontagious skin conditions, including dermatitis herpetiformis (chronic, itchy rash), pyoderma gangrenosum (large, painful sores), vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels), Henoch-Schonlein purpura, and Sweet syndrome (painful skin sores and fever).
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Dry skin care: Helpful tips  
Abstract: This handout explains what causes dry skin. It offers tips to help get skin back to normal, through bathing practices and using skin lotions, creams, and ointments.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Eczema: What it is and how to treat it  
Abstract: This handout explains eczema and its symptoms and treatments, which may include antihistamines, steroid and non-steroid creams and ointments, and antibiotics.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2010
Etanercept: Enbrel  
Abstract: This handout explains the drug etanercept. It includes how to take it, what to expect, possible side effects, and cautions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
Hair loss: Causes and myths  
Abstract: This handout explains the different types of hair loss and its causes. It discusses genetic baldness (androgenetic alopecia) and telogen effluvium, as well as what tests may be done to determine the cause of hair loss.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Take care of your skin and nails  
Abstract: This handout is section 8 of the "Congenital Heart Conditions" notebook. It briefly explains basic ways to protect the skin and nails from infection. This is an especially important concern for patients with congenital heart disease, since the skin provides a barrier against potentially serious infections.
Author: Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2012
Imiquimod cream: Aldara  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use imiquimod cream, a topical cream that activates the body's immune system to help treat some skin diseases. It includes spaces for the dermatologist to write in the times, days, and how long to use the cream.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 2/2011
Intranasal mupirocin (Bactroban)  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use mupirocin (Bactroban), an ointment that is used to prevent recurring skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It include possible side effects.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Isotretinoin: Medicine for severe acne  
Abstract: This handout gives important information about isotretinoin, a medicine used to treat severe acne. It includes precautions and side effects linked to the drug.
Author: Pharmacy Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 8/2016
Methotrexate: To treat skin conditions  
Abstract: This handout discusses the medicine methotrexate, which is used for many skin disorders such as psoriasis. It includes doses, monitoring, side effects, and drug interactions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Molluscum: Causes and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains what molluscum are and how they are treated. Included are sections on treating molluscum with Cantharone (a topical gel), liquid nitrogen, and scraping.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Narrowband UBV phototherapy: What to expect and possible risks  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having phototherapy (light treatments) with narrowband UVB (nb-UVB) light at the Dermatology Center at University of Washington Medical Center. It also lists short-term and long-term risks linked with ultraviolet light treatments.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
Ointment applicators: For putting lotion or cream on your back  
Abstract: This handout describes 2 kinds of applicators that patients can use to put ointment on their own backs. Some brand names and prices (as of December 2010) are included.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 12/2010
Onychomycosis: What it is and how to treat it  
Abstract: This handout explains onychomycosis, the fungus that some people develop under their fingernails or toenails. It discusses treatment options, costs, what to expect when taking the oral medicine, and possible side effects.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Open wet dressings  
Abstract: This handout explains how to make and use an open wet dressing, sometimes used to treat dermatitis (skin inflammation) and to hydrate (put water into) the skin. This makes topical steroid creams or ointments applied to the skin more effective.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Patient instructions for surgery: Dermatologic surgery  
Abstract: This flyer explains instructions to follow prior to dermatologic surgery.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2004
Protecting your hands: For people with hand dermatitis (hand eczema)  
Abstract: This handout explains how to protect your hands when you have hand dermatits, also known as hand eczema.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Psoriasis: Causes and treatments  
Abstract: This handout describes psoriasis, a chronic inflammation that can affect the skin or the joints (psoriatic arthritis). Treatment options are discussed.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Scars and healing: How to care for your incision  
Abstract: This handout explains incision scars and how to help them heal. Included are sections on scarring phases, sealing, showering, sun exposure, nutition, massage, hypertrophic scars and keloids, and using silicone gel or sheets to help scar tissue form.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 5/2011
Sunscreens: How they work and how to use them  
Abstract: This handout explains the 2 types of sunscreens and how they work. It also tells how to use them so they are the most effective. SPF (sunburn protection factor) is explained.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Taking Care of Pressure Sores  
Abstract: This booklet explains what pressure sores are, the stages of pressure sores and how to care for them. It also covers complications and signs of trouble to watch out for.
Author: Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 3/2012
Treating warts at home: What you can do  
Abstract: This handout gives detailed instructions for many ways to treat warts at home, including salicylic acid and lactic acid (DuoFilm) and hyperthermia.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: , 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Using mycophenolate mofetil to treat skin conditions: CellCept  
Abstract: This handout explains doses, monitoring, side effects, and drug interactions related to using mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to treat skin conditions.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011

 
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