4% dimethicone lotion: a subsidised treatment for head lice

From 1 May, 2017, 4% dimethicone lotion can be prescribed fully...

May 2017

Topical antibiotics for skin infections: should they be prescribed at all?

Clinical indications for the use of topical antibiotics are continuing...

February 2017

Topical antibiotics for skin infections: when are they appropriate?

In the community, many patients have skin and soft tissue infections...

February 2017

1. Chronic plaque psoriasis: an overview of treatment in primary care

Most patients with psoriasis have chronic plaque psoriasis,...

February 2017

2. Choosing a topical treatment for patients with chronic plaque psoriasis

Finding a treatment that works for patients may require trial...

February 2017

3. Monitoring patients with moderate to severe psoriasis

Patients with moderate to severe psoriasis are usually managed...

February 2017

Prescribing isotretinoin for patients with acne in primary care

Isotretinoin is recommended for patients with moderate acne...

January 2017

How to use fluorouracil and imiquimod for non-melanoma skin cancer in a general practice setting

Fluorouracil and imiquimod creams are fully subsidised topical...

January 2017

Childhood eczema: improving adherence to treatment basics

Emollients form the basis of treatment for all patients with...

December 2016

Topical corticosteroids for childhood eczema: clearing up the confusion

Topical corticosteroids are one of the key medicines used in...

December 2016

Rosacea: seeing red in primary care

Rosacea is an inflammatory facial skin disease that can cause...

May 2016

Valaciclovir – a first line antiviral medicine

Valaciclovir is an antiviral medicine which can be used for...

March 2016

Should I prescribe a topical antiseptic cream instead of a topical antibiotic for minor skin infections?

Increasing rates of resistance to topical antibiotics continues...

June 2015

News Update

The Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID) annual...

June 2015

Cellulitis: skin deep and spreading across New Zealand

Adults and children with uncomplicated cellulitis can usually...

June 2015

Treating childhood eczema - a topical solution for a topical problem

Emollients, topical corticosteroids and avoidance of triggers...

April 2015

Tinea pedis: not just the curse of the athlete

Tinea pedis is a common fungal foot infection that is often...

December 2014

Cracked Heels: stop them in their tracks

Cracked heels are most often caused by a lack of moisture in...

December 2014

Ingrown toenails: digging out the facts

The best method for treating patients with an ingrown toenail...

December 2014

Plantar warts: a persistently perplexing problem

Plantar warts, also known as plantar verrucae, are manifestations...

December 2014

Melanoma of the foot

Acral melanoma is a subtype of cutaneous melanoma, which manifests...

December 2014

News Updates

Medicines update: removal of Special Authority status | Antianginal...

October 2014

Safer prescribing of high-risk medicines - Methotrexate: potentially fatal in overdose

Low-dose methotrexate is commonly used in the treatment of patients...

October 2014

Topical antibiotics: very few indications for use

Topical antibiotics in general have been excessively used in...

October 2014

Vulvovaginal health in post-menopausal women

Age-related changes in women can result in an increased occurrence...

September 2014

“Seventh age itch”: Preventing and managing dry skin in older people

As skin ages, increased transepidermal water loss leads to dry...

September 2014

Rural infections series: Rural round up

In the final instalment of the rural series we present a round-up...

May 2014

Contact dermatitis: a “working” diagnosis

Contributed by: Dr Lissa Judd, Occupational Dermatologist,...

April 2014

The diagnosis and management of herpes zoster and its complications

Herpes zoster (shingles) is a self-limiting condition caused...

March 2014

Managing non-melanoma skin cancer in primary care: A focus on topical treatments

When a patient presents with a suspicious skin lesion the first...

December 2013

Prescribing update: Low dose isotretinoin for acne?

New evidence is increasingly suggesting that isotretinoin may...

November 2013

Causes, complications and treatment of a red eye

Most cases of “red eye” seen in general practice are likely...

August 2013

Laboratory testing for isotretinoin

Oral isotretinoin is a highly effective treatment for severe...

June 2013

Microbiological assessment of infected wounds: when to take a swab and how to interpret the results

Identifying and managing infection in wounds is an important...

June 2013

Managing acne in primary care

Acne is a common dermatological condition that affects most...

March 2013

Managing skin infections in Māori and Pacific families

Compared to other developed countries, New Zealand has one of...

August 2012

Diagnosis and treatment of urticaria

Urticaria is a common condition, which is usually non-allergenic,...

April 2012

Vulvovaginal health in premenopausal women

Symptoms relating to the vulvovaginal area such as abnormal...

December 2011

Collecting specimens for the investigation of fungal infections

Fungal infections of the skin, nails and hair are caused by...

March 2011

Detecting malignant melanoma

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the...

February 2011

News in brief

Changes to nicotine replacement therapy prescriptions | Topical...

February 2011

Skin infections in Pacific peoples

Serious skin infections such as cellulitis, abscesses and impetigo...

November 2010

TNF inhibitors - an update

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors are used in the treatment...

November 2009

The treatment of psoriasis in primary care

Psoriasis is an emotionally and physically debilitating disease...

September 2009

Topical corticosteroid treatment for skin conditions

Topical corticosteroids are used to treat many skin conditions....

September 2009

Managing eczema

Eczema can have a significant impact on the lives of patients...

September 2009

Practice tips: PPIs and Paraffin

All about PPIs, Fire hazard with paraffin

September 2009

How to treat acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at...

April 2009

Upfront: The isotretinoin debate

There are two major safety concerns with isotretinoin :
• It...

April 2009

Scabies - diagnosis and management

Scabies manifests as an itchy skin rash, as a result of an allergic...

February 2009

Management of fungal nail infections

Fungal nail infection (onychomycosis) accounts for around 50%...

February 2009

Management of impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious, bacterial infection of the...

February 2009

Removal of isotretinoin prescriber restrictions

From 1 March 2009 PHARMAC will widen access to vocationally...

February 2009

Mastitis and sore nipples while breastfeeding

The management of two conditions that commonly, but unnecessarily,...

December 2008

Imiquimod cream (Aldara) for genital warts and basal cell carcinoma

Imiquimod enhances the immune response to viral infections and...

September 2008

Treating head lice

Head lice are non-discriminatory in who they affect, however...

June 2008

Vitamin D and Sun protection

The vitamin D story, in which sun exposure is known to cause...

March 2007

Vitamin D Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007

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