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Treatments for unwanted male pattern hair growth in women

Up to 5% to 10% of women are hirsute (hair in areas where normally only men have hairs such as moustache, beard area, chest, belly, back etc). The most common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome. Hirsutism can lead to psychological distress, low self esteem, decreased self image, depression, feelings of shame and social difficulties.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2017

How can head lice be treated?

Head lice don't go away on their own. But there are a number of safe treatments that can get rid of them effectively. Many delousing agents don't contain any insecticides.Head lice can cause itching, but they are not harmful to your health. Because they do not clear up on their own, treatment is necessary.There are a number of different options for treating head lice: special lice or nit combs, insecticides, or oil-based products that suffocate the lice. These treatments vary in their effectiveness and in their advantages and disadvantages.Head lice: Life cycle and reproductive cycle Illustration: Head lice: life and reproductive cycle

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: December 3, 2015

Tinea versicolor: Overview

If a fungus grows a lot it may lead to a medical condition. Tinea versicolor is one example. This skin condition is caused by a fungus, and is usually harmless. Many people who have it don’t know that a fungus is to blame for their discolored skin patches. Read about the typical symptoms and effective treatments.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: June 1, 2017

Otitis externa: What can help if earwax builds up?

Various ear drops can soften earwax in the outer ear canal (external auditory canal) and make it easier to remove. Yet home remedies like warmed olive oil could also work just as well.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: September 10, 2014

What kinds of allergy tests are there?

Various tests can be used to find out what kind of substance is causing an allergic reaction: skin tests, blood tests and challenge tests. Your doctor will usually decide which test to use based on your description of the symptoms and your medical history.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: April 20, 2016

Recreational activities, relationships and everyday life with psoriasis

Living with psoriasis isn't always easy. But there are various ways to deal with the challenges in everyday life and the emotional effects. It's important to stay positive and not let your own wellbeing be determined solely by the appearance of your skin.Although psoriasis isn't a dangerous disease, it can be very distressing: The intensive skin care regimen, many time-consuming treatments and the sometimes agonizing itching can all have a major effect on quality of life. But people with psoriasis don't only have to learn to deal with the symptoms of the disease. They are also often confronted with others' prejudices because psoriasis can be so clearly visible, especially during flare-ups. This can lead to problems in all of the main areas of your life – in romantic relationships, during recreational activities, at school or at work. In some people, psoriasis has such an effect on their emotional wellbeing that they develop depression or other mental health problems. But many people develop their own strategies to cope with it over time.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: May 18, 2017

Pruritus (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about pruritus (itching of the skin) as a complication of cancer or its treatment. Approaches to the management and treatment of pruritus are discussed.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: June 15, 2016

Prostate Cancer, Nutrition, and Dietary Supplements (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the use of nutrition and dietary supplements for reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer or for treating prostate cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: June 9, 2017

Acne: Do lotions, tablets or light-based therapy help?

There are many treatment options for acne, including topical and oral medication, and over-the-counter or prescription-only products. But what is the right product for you? And can treatments like phototherapy improve your complexion?The treatment options for acne will depend on a number of different things. For instance:How severe is your acne?What is your skin type (dry, oily or combination)?How upsetting do you find your acne?Are you susceptible to acne scarring?Do you have other health problems?Are you male or female?Which treatments have you already tried out and how well did they work?What kinds of side effects do the different products have, and how unpleasant do you think those side effects are?Nearly all acne treatments require a lot of patience. Many of them only start working after several weeks or months. But it can be worth the wait, and is better than constantly switching treatments, which can sometimes make you feel like nothing will help.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: July 28, 2016

Systematic Reviews in PubMed

  • Recommendations from a European Roundtable Meeting on Best Practice Healthy Infant Skin Care.[Pediatr Dermatol. 2016]
    Recommendations from a European Roundtable Meeting on Best Practice Healthy Infant Skin Care.
    Blume-Peytavi U, Lavender T, Jenerowicz D, Ryumina I, Stalder JF, Torrelo A, Cork MJ. Pediatr Dermatol. 2016 May; 33(3):311-21. Epub 2016 Feb 26.
  • Head lice.[BMJ Clin Evid. 2015]
    Head lice.
    Burgess IF, Silverston P. BMJ Clin Evid. 2015 Jan 14; 2015. Epub 2015 Jan 14.
  • Head lice.[BMJ Clin Evid. 2011]
    Head lice.
    Burgess IF. BMJ Clin Evid. 2011 May 16; 2011. Epub 2011 May 16.
  • Head lice.[BMJ Clin Evid. 2009]
    Head lice.
    Burgess IF. BMJ Clin Evid. 2009 Jan 14; 2009. Epub 2009 Jan 14.
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