PRIMARY CARE MANAGEMENT OF COMMON DERMATOLOGIC DISORDERS IN WOMEN: Pharmacologic Considerations

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  • Laura Emmons CNM, MSN,

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    • Laura Emmons received her master of science in nursing degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 1990. She is a staff nurse-midwife at the Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a lecturer at the Harvard University School of Medicine.

  • Patricia Callahan CNM, MSN,

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    • Patricia Callahan received her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Kentucky in 1986. She is a staff nurse-midwife at the Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a lecturer at the Harvard University School of Medicine. Ms. Callahan is a student of acupuncture at the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts.

  • Phyllis Gorman CNM, MSN,

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    • Phyllis Gorman received her master of science in nursing degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 1980. She is the director of nurse-midwifery at the Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a lecturer at the Harvard University School of Medicine.

  • Marcia Snyder CNM, MSN

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    • Marcia Snyder received her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Illinois in 1982. She is a staff nurse-midwife at the Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a lecturer at the Harvard University School of Medicine.


Laura Emmons, CNM, MSN, Mount Auburn Midwifery Associates, 330 Mount Auburn Street, Clark 127, Cambridge, MA 02238.

ABSTRACT

This article describes the clinical management of dermatologic disorders most commonly encountered in the primary care setting. The common presenting clinical signs and symptoms are reviewed, and the initial laboratory tests that may establish the diagnosis are recommended. Pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments are reviewed. Diagnosis and management of disorders of the sebaceous and apocrine glands, disorders of the hair and pigmentation, fungal, viral, and bacterial infections, dermatitis, and infestations are discussed. A review of the care of skin burns and wounds is included as well as the diagnosis and management of urticaria.

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