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Histamine is the most common media- temic condition generic lioresal 25mg without a prescription, such as measles or adverse drug reactions). Histamine is released from mast cells and basophils by both allergic (eg, insect bites, foods, drugs) and non- allergic (eg, radiocontrast media, opiates, and some antibiotics as well as heat, cold, pressure, UV light) DISORDERS OF THE SKIN stimuli. An important difference between allergic and nonallergic reactions is that many allergic reactions re- Because the skin is constantly exposed to the external envi- quire prior exposure to the stimulus, whereas nonallergic ronment, it is susceptible to numerous disorders, including reactions can occur with the first exposure. Topical drugs usually cause Inflammatory Disorders a localized, contact dermatitis type of reaction and sys- temic drugs cause generalized skin lesions. Skin mani- Dermatitis festations of serious drug reactions include erythema, Dermatitis is a general term denoting an inflammatory facial edema, pain, blisters, necrosis, and urticaria. Sys- response of the skin to injuries from irritants, allergens, or temic manifestations may include fever, enlarged trauma. Scratching damages the skin and increases the risks Psoriasis of secondary infection. Acute lesions are reddened skin areas containing papules and vesicles; chronic lesions Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder characterized by erythe- are often thick, fibrotic, and nodular. The lesions may occur anywhere The cause is uncertain but may involve allergic, on the body but commonly involve the skin covering bony hereditary, or psychological elements. The disease is 50% to 80% of clients have asthma or allergic rhini- characterized by remissions and exacerbations. The pathophysiology involves excessively rapid may occur in all age groups but is more common in turnover of epidermal cells. However, the lesions are unsightly and in anyone with sufficient contact or exposure. CHAPTER 66 DRUGS USED IN DERMATOLOGIC CONDITIONS 951 Rosacea cold sores on the lips), and type 2 involves the genitalia. Other herpes infections include varicella (chickenpox) and Rosacea is characterized by erythema, flushing, telangiec- herpes zoster (shingles). Rosacea is a chronic disease of unknown eti- Trauma ology that usually occurs in middle-aged and older people, more often in men than women. The major problem associated with skin wounds is in- Dermatologic Infections fection.

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