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Skin rash and HHV6 reactivation in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient

Several clinical conditions such as skin rash resembling acute GVHD, bone marrow suppression, interstitial pneumonitis, and encephalitis, may be related to HHV-6 infection after HSCT (Yoshikawa, 2004b). Moreover, an association between HHV-6 infection and acute GVHD was suggested in HSCT recipients. HHV-6 and human

Atopic dermatitis OMIM 603165

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a clinical syndrome characterized by an itchy rash with a variety of morphological cutaneous features that change with age, in association with a positive family history and concomitant presence of other atopic diseases (atopic asthma, hay fever, and occasionally urticaria) (Williams, 1997). The atopic immunological state is characterized by a propensity to develop type 1 IgE mediated responses in response to certain antigens, but the cutaneous immuno-pathology of atopic dermatitis is characterized by the presence of a T cell and inflammatory cell infiltrate resembling the pattern seen in type IV hypersensitivity reactions (rather than the type 1-like response seen in urticaria). The onset of the rash is typically in early life, peaking at age four years and tending to improve with age, although a large proportion of subjects may develop other forms of eczema later in life (Williams, 1997). Drawing the boundary between mild atopic dermatitis and normality is...

Dpk Be Study Protocol Protocol and Subject Selection

Healthy volunteers with no history of previous skin disease or atopic dermatitis and with a healthy, homogeneous forearm (or other) skin areas sufficient to accommodate at least eight treatment and measurement sites (time points) should be recruited. The number of subjects to be entered may be obtained from power calculations using intra- and intersubject variability from the pilot study. Because skin stripping is highly sensitive to specific study site factors, care should be taken to perfecting the technique and enrolling a sufficient number of subjects. The following study design is based on a crossover study design, where the crossover occurs at the same time using both arms of a single subject. A crossover design in which subjects are studied on two different occasions may also be employed. If this design is employed, at least 28 days should be allowed to rejuvenate the harvested stratum corneum.

Regulation of the Immune Responses

It is interesting to compare these experimental results to those described in human neonates by Lodinova-Zadnikova and coworkers (85). In their study, they colonized the digestive tract of babies just after birth with a given strain of E. coli. In these conditions E. coli is able to establish durably in the digestive tract of newborns as described previously (86). After 10 years (preterm infants) and 20 years (full-term infants), differences in occurrence of food allergies between colonized and control subjects were statistically significant 21 versus 53 , and 36 versus 51 respectively. Furthermore, recent clinical trials using ingestion of a strain of probiotic, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, during the last month of pregnancy to women and after birth to babies during 6 months, reduced the incidence of atopic eczema in at-risk children during the first 4 years of life (87). However, in this case, IgE levels were not decreased in the treated group as compared with the placebo group. The...

Trier Social Stress Test TSST Paradigm

Other research has evaluated patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), type I diabetes, atopic dermatitis, and individuals with elevated cardiovascular disease risk. For example, Gaab and colleagues (2005) compared cortisol and proinflammatory cytokine responses in patients with CFS versus healthy controls. They found that both groups demonstrated increased cortisol response to the TSST, but cytokine levels in those with CFS were significantly attenuated compared with controls. In type I diabetic patients, a significant delay in the decrease of glucose levels after food intake was observed post-challenge (Wiesli et al, 2005). Additionally, adults with atopic dermatitis have been found to exhibit attenuated cortisol and ACTH responses to psychosocial stress (Buske-Kirschbaum et al, 2002a, b). Similarly, depressed adults at risk for cardiovascular disease showed a hypocortisol response to the TSST (Taylor et al, 2006).

Specific side effects Enfuvirtide T20

Desensitization therapy is available for the skin rash that occurs rarely with enfuvirtide (Shahar 2005). Another side effect, observed after 48 weeks in the TORO study, was a higher rate of bacterial pneumonia (gram+ gram-) in patients taking enfuvirtide. The cause is unclear. Thus, patients undergoing enfuvirtide therapy should be monitored for pneumonia (Clotet 2004, Tashima 2003).

Dean Filandrinos Thomas R Yentsch and Katie L Meyers

John's wort has demonstrated clinical efficacy for mild to moderate depression and compares favorably to other more potent or toxic antidepressants. Low side effects and potential benefits warrant its use as a first-line agent for select patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety-related conditions. Benefits related to other reported uses such as an antimicrobial, agent to treat neuropathic pain, antiinflammatory, treatment alternative for atopic dermatitis, and antioxidant are either not well documented or evidence is encouraging but not conclusive and further study is needed. St. John's wort has an inherently wide margin of safety when taken by itself, with most reported adverse drug reactions (ADRs) being related to skin reactions. Isolated, but more significant ADRs have been reported in relation to neurological effects, impact on thyroid function, and increased prothrombin time. Of greatest concern is the potential for interactions between St. John's wort and...

Benefits of breastfeeding in the general population

Mode of infant feeding has been associated also with morbidity. In a study in Brazil, infants who were not currently breastfed were at 17 times higher risk of hospital admission for pneumonia (OR 16.7, 95 CI 7.7-36.0) than breastfed infants. In a cluster randomized trial of 17 046 mother-infant pairs at 31 hospitals in Belarus, half the sites made a special effort to encourage breastfeeding (Kramer et al., 2001). The intervention, which increased the rate of exclusive breastfeeding at six months and the duration of any breastfeeding, was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of gastrointestinal infections (OR 0.6, 95 CI 0.4-0.9) and of atopic eczema (OR 0.54, 95 CI 0.31-0.95) in the first year of life. Likewise, in a critical review of major studies on mode of infant feeding and infant-health outcomes in the United States of America and other industrialized countries since the 1970s, non-breastfeeding was reported to be associated with higher rates of diarrhoeal and...

Studies by Molecular Methods

Results obtained by molecular-based culture-independent techniques are largely supportive of the findings presented above. In another prospective follow-up, the fecal microbiota in Finnish neonates was studied prior to the expression of atopy as detected by a positive skin prick test at year one (n 12). The microbiota of these sensitized children tended to contain lower numbers of bifidobacteria and significantly higher numbers of Clostridium histolyticum than those in samples from infants with a negative prick test (n 17) (48). The Clostridium species detectable with the oligonucleotide-probe used in that study include common infant gut colonizers such as C. paraputrificum, C. butyricum and C. perfringens but not C. difficile. However, another study indicated that relatively high fecal levels of rarely detected i-caproic acid indicative of C. difficile activity was associated with presence of IgE mediated allergic condition in Swedish infants at around one year of age (49). The...

Reflection of Atopic Genotype

Immunological deviancies that could result in impaired recognition of specific bacterial groups and thus allow them to flourish. These defects include compromised expression of Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 and its soluble co-receptor CD14 (sCD14), albeit the results regarding sCD14 are conflicting (59-64). However, also low breast-milk levels of sCD14 have been associated with subsequent development of eczema in children irrespective of atopy (65). TLR4 and sCD14 are pattern recognition receptors of innate immune systems that are important in detection of components in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria but especially the cell-wall lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in the latter (66,67). Notably, CD14-independent recognition of LPS would seem to be defective during the neonatal period (68). Compromised recognition may facilitate colonization by bacteria which would otherwise be cleared or reduced in numbers due to immune responses mounted against them. This could partly explain why...

Pathogenesis of skin manifestations due to HHV6 infection

Patients with exanthem subitum as well as the absence of suitable animal models of primary HHV-6 infection. Recently, we reported the absence of rash after the resolution of fever in immunocompromised infants during primary HHV-6 infection (Yoshikawa et al., 2001a,b). Thus, the host immune response against the virus appears to play an important pathogenic role in the skin rash in patients with exanthem subitum. In addition to this in vivo data, we infected an epidermal cell line (A431 cells) with HHV-6 and examined the expression of several surface molecules to understand the pathogenesis of skin manifestations (Yoshikawa et al., 2003) HHV-6 can infect this epidermal cell line, and HLA-A, -B, and -C, HLA-DR, and ICAM-1 expression were upregulated in HHV-6-infected cells. Tissue culture supernatant did not affect the expression of these three surface molecules, and, therefore, direct viral infection probably causes the changes observed in these cells. When considered with a previous...

Reflection of Effects on Th1 Th2 and Treg Differentiation

Also Lactobacillus strains have been shown to confer differential effects on cytokine production and expression of surface markers on murine dendritic cells (85). Furthermore, lactobacilli induced in vitro, in a strain dependent manner, Treg-like low proliferating Th population producing TGF-b and IL-10 (86). TGF-b is the key cytokine in induction of T-cell differentiation towards Tregs (Fig. 2) (87). In a clinical study, improvement in atopic eczema symptoms following oral administration of lactobacilli was accompanied by increased serum concentrations of TGF-b (17). Interestingly, oral supplementation of lactobacilli in breast-feeding mothers was followed by increased TGF-b concentrations in breast-milk (88). This increase may have contributed to subsequently lower prevalence of atopic eczema in children. It should be noted, however, that allergic sensitization was not affected and allergic rhinitis and asthma may have increased in frequency (89). Nevertheless, these studies are not...

Reflection of Allergic Symptoms

The possibility that allergic symptoms either affect, or are affected by, the microbiota is supported by an observation that alleviation in atopic eczema and allergic inflammation following oral administration of bifidobacteria was accompanied by modified dynamics in the microbiota (i.e., restriction in the growth of E. coli and Bacteroides) (18). Also, earlier findings attest to this possibility implicating direct correlation between numbers of Enterobacteriaceae family bacteria and severity of atopic eczema symptoms (39). The compositional characteristics associated with the severity of symptoms may be caused by intestinal inflammation exacerbated in some allergic conditions (95,112-115).

Reflection of Environmental Factors

Amongst the best examples of factors which have been clearly shown to influence the development of the gut microbiota and have also been implicated in allergic diseases include the mode of delivery and breast-feeding (116-123). Indeed, it is plausible that the characteristics of fecal microbiota associated with atopic eczema and allergic sensitization may partly reflect dietary factors. It is well known that changes in diet may dramatically affect the microbial composition of the gut. Then again, in allergic infants the diet can reflect the child's health status due to food restrictions. In 39-63 of all infants and young children, atopic eczema is triggered by one or more challenge-confirmed food allergies (124-126). Moreover, the development of manifestations of allergic diseases in children correlates with differences in the composition and immunological characteristics of breast-milk, which on the other hand are affected by maternal gut microbiota and atopy (127-133). For example,...

Modulation of Lymphocyte Homing for Therapeutic Purposes

Another tissue with defined homing specificity is the skin. Consistent with the role of E- and P-selectin in skin homing, mice lacking these receptors have a compromised delayed-type contact hypersensitivity response and suffer from spontaneous skin infections (Hirata et al. 2002 Staite et al. 1996). In nonhuman primates, recruitment of lymphocytes into DTH skin depended on VCAM-1 and E-selectin (Silber et al. 1994), and blocking of the E-selectin lig-and CLA prevented migration of human T cells into human skin transplanted into SCID mice (Biedermann et al. 2002). However, blocking E-selectin alone was ineffective in clinical trials for psoriasis (Bhushan et al. 2002). This failure could have been due to the redundancy of P- and E-selectin expression and function in the skin (Schon et al. 2004 Staite et al. 1996 Weninger et al. 2000). Similarly, although blocking the CCR10-ligand CCL27 effectively decreased skin inflammation in DTH and atopic dermatitis in mice (Homey et al. 2002),...

Maternal Investment and Fetal Priming Within an Evolutionary Framework

Along with the placental transfer of antibody, there is also a transmission of many anti-genic proteins, a second process that becomes important to appreciate when trying to understand why some human babies are born already sensitized to food allergens and plant pollens (Liobichler et al, 2002). The fetal response to these proteins that become embedded in placen-tal tissues or transfer into the fetal compartment helps one to predict which infants will go on to develop atopic dermatitis and asthma. Less frequently there may also be some problematic antibody from the mother transferred as well, which can result in maternal-fetal incompatibilities. One example is the maternal immune reaction against paternal antigens on fetal cells, such as to Rhesus factor. Another hypothesized problem is the transfer of maternal antibody that

Clinical Manifestations

Letterer-Siwe disease (systemic LCH) is the rarest (approximately 10 of all LCH cases) and most severe form of LCH. Affected individuals are typically under the age of two years and present with diffuse eczema, draining ears, lymphadenopathy, and hepatosple-nomegaly. Failure to thrive, weight loss, and pancytopenia are also present and portend a poor prognosis (2).

Pagets disease of the nipple

Paget's disease of the nipple was first described over 200 years ago by Sir James Paget. Clinically, this is recognised by reddening, excoriation and or scaling of the skin of the nipple with or without a nipple discharge (Fig. 17.29). These appearances may resemble eczema or dermatitis but are unilateral. This is associated with an underlying intraduct carcinoma and up to one-half of the patients have a palpable lump. If there is a palpable lump present then up to 90 of this group of patients will have an invasive cancer present. In the absence of a palpable lump up to one-third of patients will have an invasive cancer.

Presentation And Clinical Course

After an incubation period of 2-20 days (10 days on average), patients typically experience the sudden onset of fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, headache, and myalgia. This corresponds to the septicemic phase, which lasts 3-7 days. Physical exam findings at this time are relatively nonspecific, and include maculopapular skin rash, pharyngeal injection, lymphadenopathy, organomegaly, and muscle tenderness. The presence of conjunctival suffusion or muscle tenderness involving the calves and lumbar region should raise the suspicion of leptospirosis.

The Sympatho AdrenalMedullary System

In hypertension, a role for elevated norepinephrine levels has been established (DeQuattro and Feng, 2002). Epinephrine may furthermore interact with immune functions. In HIV, stress may be involved in disease progression partly due to epinephrine effects on HIV-infected leucocytes (Cole, 2008). In psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, a hyperre-sponsive plasma catecholamine response to psychosocial stress may be involved in dysreg-ulations in Th1 Th2 mediated immune states (Buske-Kirschbaum et al, 2006). The sympatho-adrenal-medullary system may also play a role in the pathogenesis of obesity. Epinephrine

Immediate Hypersensitivity

Immediate hypersensitivity can produce allergic rhinitis (chronic runny or stuffy nose) conjunctivitis (red eyes) allergic asthma atopic dermatitis (urticaria, or hives) and other symptoms. These symptoms result from the immune response to the allergen. In people who are not allergic, the allergen stimulates one type of helper T lymphocyte, the TH1 cells, to secrete interferon-y and inter-leukin-2. In people who are allergic, dendritic cells stimulate the other type of helper T lymphocytes, the TH2 cells, to secrete other lymphokines, including interleukin-4 and interleukin-13. These, in Contact dermatitis (such as to poison ivy and poison oak)

Delayed Hypersensitivity

One of the best-known examples of delayed hypersensitivity is contact dermatitis, caused by poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. The skin tests for tuberculosis the tine test and the Mantoux test also rely on delayed hypersensitivity reactions. If a person has been exposed to the tubercle bacillus and consequently has developed T cell clones, skin reactions appear within a few days after the tubercle antigens are rubbed into the skin with small needles (tine test) or are injected under the skin (Mantoux test). 3. Describe the sequence of events by which allergens can produce symptoms of runny nose, skin rash, and asthma.

HHV6 association with other liver disease

Hemophagocytic syndrome (HSP) is a clinicopathologic syndrome characterized by the systemic activation of macrophages leading to the phagocytosis of hematopoietic cells. HSP is characterized by the association of fever, he-patosplenomegaly, lymphadenopathy, skin rash, lung infiltration, and jaundice. Laboratory findings frequently demonstrate pancytopenia, elevated levels of hepatic transaminase, coagulopathy with low fibrinogen, hypertriglyceridemia, and elevated ferritin levels. Several viral infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus, have

Pharmacological Toxicological Effects 51 Dermatological Effects

A defect in the capability of the enzyme 8-6-desaturase to convert linoleic acid to y-linolenic acid is known to occur in patients with atopic dermatitis (9). Patients with atopic eczema have a dietary deficiency in metabolites of linoleic y-linolenic acid, dihomo-y-linolenic acid, arachi-donic acid, adrenic acid, and docosapentaenoic acid caused by a reduced rate of activity in the 8-6-desturase enzyme (8). Galli et al. compared blood samples from babies born to parents who suffered from atopic eczema. Results showed that dihomo-y-linolenic acid and arachidonic acid were consistently and significantly lower in children who later had atopic eczema (10). Some studies have shown that OEP administration can improve the percentage of body surface involvement, itch, dryness, scaling, and inflammation associated with atopic eczema. A meta-analysis (11) of nine controlled trials involving OEP in the treatment of atopic eczema showed a highly significant improvement in the symptom of itch...

Significance to humans

Holothuroids are a food item in several Asian and Pacific Island countries. The widespread use of holothuroids as food and medicine in Asia extends to at least the late sixteenth century, when detailed Chinese and European accounts of commerce first began mentioning trade in beche-de-mer. This long-term, domestic familiarity with holothuroids in the region is reflected in a small role for the animal in northern Asian culture as an object of poetry and popular cartoons. Several thousand individuals of colorful tropical species are harvested annually as part of the worldwide marine aquarium trade. Holothuroids are of minor medical significance because the potent dermal toxins of some species cause severe contact dermatitis in some people. These same toxins are of commercial interest because of their pharmacological properties. Compounds extracted from holothuroids exhibit antimicrobial, anticoagulating, tumor-inhibiting, and antiinflammatory activity. Other compounds are potent...

Regulatory Status

OEP is regulated as a dietary supplement in the United States. It is approved in Canada as an over-the-counter product for use in EFA-deficiency conditions and as a dietary supplement to increase EFA intake. In the United Kingdom, it is on the General Sales List. In Germany, OEP is approved for use as food and is approved there in the treatment and symptomatic relief of atopic eczema. In Sweden, OEP is classified as a natural product. OEP has a Class 1 Safety Rating with the American Herbal Product Association (1,2,7).

Other Special Situations

The word panallergic can be used to describe patients who simply cannot tolerate virtually any medication for one reason or another. Allergic reactions to every topical glaucoma agent have been reported. Contact dermatitis is not uncommon with alpha-2 agonists, miotics, CAIs, and beta blockers. Also included in this category are patients who have multiple side effects to medications or who just cannot tolerate the baseline level of burning and stinging associated with their instillation.

Spatiotemporal patterns of common skin diseases

Despite the absence of systematic data there are important secular and geographical differences in disease burden that (to this author) seem robust. Atopic dermatitis incidence appears to have increased by a factor of two or more in the last three decades in many developed countries (Williams, 1997). Cancers of the skin in many world populations (chiefly those with pale skin) have also increased two to three-fold over a similar time course (Marks, 1995). By contrast psoriasis incidence seems to have stayed constant. For other

Nucleoside Analogue Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors

Abacavir sulfate is a recently approved NRTI. It is available in both a tablet and oral solution formulation. A randomized, double-blind study compared abacavir sulfate, 8 mg kg twice daily, and lamivudine, 4 mg kg twice daily, and zidovudine 180 mg m2 twice daily, versus lamivudine, 4 mg kg twice daily, and zidovudine 180 mg m2 twice daily. Two hundred and five adult patients were enrolled. Preliminary results indicate that at 16 weeks the median CD4 increase from baseline was 69 cells mm3 in the group receiving abacavir sulfate and 9 cells mm3 in the control group. Abacavir carries with it a unique toxicity, a potentially fatal hypersensitivity reaction, beginning with skin rash, fatigue, fever, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. This requires discontinuation as soon as the hypersensitivity reaction is first suspected. It is important that abacavir not be restarted following a hypersensitivity reaction because more severe symptoms may...

Solid organ transplant recipients

Clinical sequelae of HHV-6 may result from symptoms directly attributable to the virus or from its immunomodulatory effects. Table 1 shows a summary over the clinical syndromes that has been suggested being associated with HHV-6. Symptomatic infections seem to be more common in SCT than in SOT patients although published reports vary from very limited clinical effects of HHV-6 to a contributing effect on overall mortality. A fever of unknown origin with or without a skin rash bone marrow suppression, and encephalitis are the most frequently observed clinical features of HHV-6 (Carrigan et al., 1991 Drobyski et al., 1993 Carrigan and Knox, 1995 Wang et al., 1999 Ljungman et al., 2000 Zerr et al., 2001). Less commonly, interstitial pneumonitis, gastrointestinal disease, and hepatitis have been reported (Cone et al., 1993 Singh et al., 1997 Rossi et al., 2001 Hentrich et al., 2005).

Dairy products and probiotics in childhood disease

Kalliomaki et al. investigated the long term effect of early colonisation of infants with probiotic bacteria on allergy prevention. one hundred and fifty-nine pregnant women who had a positive family history for atopy were supplemented during their last month of pregnancy with L. rhamnosus GG. Probiotic administration was continued in mothers and children for six months after delivery. The primary end point was chronic atopic eczema. Probiotic treatment led to a significant reduction in the prevalence in at-risk infants at the age of two years (46 versus 23 ) (Kalliomaki et al., 2001b). However, there was no decrease in antigen-specific IgE by L. rhamnosus GG administration. The authors performed a four-year follow up of the study group. Sixty-seven percent of the initially randomised children were re-examined. In the probiotic supplemented population there was a significantly decreased prevalence of atopic eczema compared with the non-treated group (14 of 53 versus 25 of 54 children)...

Bone marrow transplant

Protocol for allogeneic transplants is considerably more aggressive than autologous transplants, there is no apparent significant difference in the incidence of HHV-6 recurrence between these transplants nor sibling versus unrelated donor grafts in a pediatric population (Yoshikawa et al., 2002 Savolainen et al., 2005). HHV-6 reactivation is common in BMT transplant patients (Wang et al., 2002) and associated with skin rash and fever, the same symptoms often manifested at the time of primary infection in children. Idiotypic myelosuppression is characterized by delayed ne-utrophil and platelet engraftment and is highly associated with the reactivation of HHV-6 (Dobryski et al., 1993 Carrigan and Knox, 1994). Bethge et al. (1999) has reported two cases of BMT patients with HHV-6 PCR-positive spinal fluid who display neurological symptoms, including disorientation, sleepiness, and short-term memory loss and showed improvement following treatment with foscarnet. Appleton et al. (1995)...

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

SLE is a common autoimmune connective-tissue disease affecting 1 in 1000. It is much more prevalent in young females, with a female-to-male incidence of 9 1. It affects many organ systems. Skin rash is a very common presentation, typically appearing in the malar areas following sun exposure. Oral ulcerations develop in 40 of patients. Other systemic manifestations include myocarditis, nephritis, pneumonitis, and central nervous system (CNS) involvement.

Allergic rhinosinusitis

Allergic rhinosinusitis is a diagnosis made clinically, as there are no definitive objective tests available for routine clinical use to confirm this entity. There are two major forms of this disorder seasonal and perennial. Thus, it is a diagnosis based on history (often by questionnaire) and physical examination. In some epidemiological studies, the presence of allergy is confirmed by results of skin prick tests or in vitro allergy testing. The prevalence of this disorder varies widely in the literature, based upon the different sources of the data (i.e., questionnaires, phone interviews, and direct examination), but the majority of the literature suggests that 20 to 25 of children and about 15 of adults suffer from this condition (1). Peak prevalence is between 10 and 30 years in most countries (2). Atopic individuals are at much increased risk for this disorder and there is a significant correlation between the report of nasal symptoms and the prevalence of allergen-specific IgE....

Allergy and Dermatitis

Contact allergy to chemicals used in ear drops is the most common type of dermatologic otitis externa. Hairsprays, dyes, and cosmetics can also result in an eczematoid and draining otorrhea. If the source of external canal weeping is not obvious, routine patch testing is strongly suggested (20). The autoeczematization (ID) reaction, which is an autoimmune reaction that may involve only the external auditory canal, has been recorded for over 70 years in the otolaryngology literature. Recent studies confirm that this is due to a local reaction to distant fungus infections, most commonly dermatophytid in the feet and inguinal area. Control of the primary fungal infection with prolonged antifungal systemic treatment will nearly always control the ear reaction (21,22). There are other less-common dermatologic conditions that may focus on the ear. Atopic dermatitis, which has recently been found to result from a superantigen reaction to Staphylococcus aureus exotoxin, has been implicated in...

Studies by Traditional Plate Culture Methods

The first reports associating allergy with characteristic microbial composition in the gut appear to be from studies in the former Soviet Union in the early1980s (38-40). One of these studies, reported also in English, involved an assessment of 60 under one-year-old infants with food allergy and atopic eczema. It was claimed that the severity of the disease was in direct correlation with the stage of aberrancy in the fecal microbiota. This aberrancy was characterized as low prevalence of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli and high prevalence of Enterobactericeae, pathogenic species of staplylococci and streptococci as well as Candida species (39). Indication that such differences may persist beyond infancy was provided a few years later by Ionescu and co-workers (1986) who studied 10- to 45-year-old subjects. Subjects with atopic eczema (n 58) were shown to have lower prevalence of lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, and enterococci species than the healthy subjects (n 21) but higher...

Pharmacological Toxicological Effects

Atopic Dermatitis After it was found that St. John's wort, and more specifically hyperforin, has an inhibitory effect on epidermal langerhan cells, there was speculation that it may treat atopic dermatitis. A 4-week trial was conducted in which 21 patients with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis were treated twice daily with a cream standardized to 1.5 hyperforin on one side of their body and placebo on the other side. The primary end point of the study was severity scoring of atopic dermatitis (SCORAD) index, based on extent and intensity of erythema, papulation, crust, excoriation, lichenification, and scaling. Among the 18 participants that completed the study, the SCORAD index fell from a baseline score of 44.9 to 23.9 in the hyperforin group. The SCORAD index also fell from 43.9 to 33.6 in the placebo group. These results show statistically significant superiority of hyperforin cream over placebo, with no difference in skin tolerance to the two treatments. Of note, a...


Autoimmune disorders such as those discussed in this chapter are generally treated with immunosuppressive therapy. Corticosteroids are a mainstay of therapy in all of these disorders, but doses may vary widely, depending on the severity of disease manifestations. Among other immunosuppressives, those with more serious potential side effects are reserved for more severe disease manifestations. Often, however, the dermatologic manifestations of SLE and DM can be treated by hydroxychloroquine. This is a long-acting anti-inflammatory agent, not generally considered immunosuppressive, whose precise mechanism of action remains unclear. Hydroxychloroquine is frequently used alone or in combination with immunosuppressive therapy when skin rash is present however, it is not effective for the skin changes of scleroderma or the myositis of DM PM.

Clinical Safety

There is extensive data regarding the overall safety of the vaccinia virus, which was generated during its use in the eradication of smallpox. The complications associated with vaccinia virus include encephalitis, vaccinia necrosum, and eczema vaccinatum. These complications are more prevalent in immunocomprimised individuals and infants (see Fig. 2) (34-36). Eczema vaccinatum originates from the infection of eczematous skin throughout the body by vaccinia. It causes a large viral load that induces viremia with fever and malaise and can sometimes progress to death. Although rare, the side effects of vaccinia virus have been the focus of multiple laboratory experiments and animal models suggest a role of inflammatory cytokines in the pathogenicity of viral infection.

Allergiesan Overview

Allergies are by definition immunological hypersensitivity reactions to substances (allergens), usually proteins, tolerated in defined dose by normal individuals (21). Allergic reactions are manifested in allergic diseases such as asthma, eczema, and rhinoconjuncti-vitis, each defined by a group of symptoms and signs. The life-impairing effect of these diseases varies from subtle to dominant. In addition to impairing physical health there may be an impact on social and emotional health, especially in childhood (22). Allergic symptoms can significantly disturb productivity in school and work where they are among the major causes of absenteeism. The personal and social economic burden is considerable (22-24). During the second half of the twentieth century the prevalence of allergic diseases has increased in epidemic proportions. The highest prevalence is in children and teenagers. With, on average, every fourth child affected, allergic diseases represent the most common chronic...

Exanthem subitum

Fig. 1 Typical skin eruption observed in patient with primary HHV-6 infection. Maculopapular skin rash is observed on the trunk and extremity. (for colour version see colour section on page 352). Fig. 1 Typical skin eruption observed in patient with primary HHV-6 infection. Maculopapular skin rash is observed on the trunk and extremity. (for colour version see colour section on page 352).

Allergic Reactions

Lepirudin administration during prospective studies in patients with HIT was associated with a low incidence of allergic events, as well as during the much larger clinical trials in patients with ACS. Among the adverse events reported were eczema, rash, pruritus, hot flushes, fever, chills, urticaria, bronchospasm, cough, stridor, dyspnea, angioedema (face, tongue, larynx), and injection-site reactions. Any causal relationship of lepirudin to these adverse events is unclear.


(British Thoracic Society Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, 2003). Asthma is strongly associated with atopy as demonstrated by the link with eczema and hay fever and the detection of IgE, or a positive skin prick test, to a specific allergen (Witt et al., 1986 Woolcock et al., 1987). Asthma is termed extrinsic if it is associated with atopy and intrinsic if it occurs in the absence of atopy.

Vaccinia Virus

One of the established uses of human hyperimmune globulins is the treatment of complications of vaccinia virus (Lane et al. 1969 Henderson et al. 1999). Vaccinia virus is a poxvirus that has been adapted for use as a human vaccine for the prevention of smallpox. Although generally safe for immunocompetent persons, disseminated and occasionally fatal infections can occur among patients with underlying immunodeficiencies, such as those with HIV infection, eczema, or atopic dermatitis (Henderson et al. 1999). Generalized vaccinia is a syndrome in which VV proliferation is systemically spread through the bloodstream (Redfield et al. 1987). Progressive VV infection is characterized by unrestrained proliferation of virus in the skin. Eczema vaccinatum is the excessive proliferation of VV in the skin lesions of eczema patients. For these conditions, VIG is indicated and can often lead to a complete resolution of symptoms (Henderson et al. 1999). VIG is also useful in immunocompetent...

Scope of chapter

I will take a selective approach dealing with the most common diseases acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and skin cancer account for over half the dermatology cases seen in primary care and around 80 of the workload of a secondary care dermatologist (Harris et al., 1990). What (little) we know of the genetics of acne, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis will be summarized briefly, and the role of genetic factors in skin cancer dealt with in more detail.


In patients refractory to first-line hormonal therapy with castration or estrogens, aminog-lutethimide with hydrocortisone produces a symptomatic and biochemical response up to 48 of the time, with responding patients often experiencing clinical improvement for some months and occasionally up to 3-4 years.159-162 Side effects include adrenal insufficiency (in the absence of corticosteroid-replacement therapy), skin rash, hypothyroidism, and less commonly thrombocy-topenia.159,163,164 Another troublesome side ef

CNS infections

Clinically, meningitis manifests as fever, headache, neck stiffness, photophobia and a deteriorating level of consciousness. A transient petechial skin rash can occur in meningococcal meningitis. Seizures, cranial nerve signs including deafness can develop. Focal neurological deficits can occur usually from focal ischaemia or the development of an abscess.

Infection Viral

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the causative agent of infectious mononucleosis. EBV is a double-stranded DNA virus in the herpesvirus family. It is transmitted by direct contact or by aerosolized viral particles. The virus infects B lymphocytes, and symptom manifestation consists of the triad of fever, lymphadenopathy, and pharyngitis. A white exudate on the tonsils is characteristic of EBV infection, and a skin rash may occur in patients treated with antibiotics, especially amoxicillin. Other symptoms include hepatosplenomegaly, hepatomegaly, encephalitis, pericarditis, and autoimmune hemolytic anemia. In rare cases, patients may present to an otolaryngologist with airway obstruction or cranial nerve palsies.

Garlic Allergy

Allergic reactions to garlic have also been reported in the literature. Garlic allergy can manifest as occupational asthma, contact dermatitis, urticaria, angioedema, rhinitis, and diarrhea. A 35-year-old woman experienced several episodes of urticaria and angioedema associated with ingestion of raw or cooked garlic, as well as urticaria from touching garlic. Two garlic extracts as well as fresh garlic produced a 4+ reaction on skin prick tests (SPTs) in this patient, but no other food allergens produced positive results. The patient's symptoms were immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated, but she also produced specific IgG, which confounded the results of IgE testing (90). A group of 12 garlic workers with respiratory symptoms associated with garlic exposure underwent SPTs using garlic powder in saline, commercial garlic extract, and various other possible allergens bronchial provocation tests with garlic powder oral challenge with garlic dust and specific IgE testing using the CAP (CAP...

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