Course: January 2016
The third Annual Manchester Course in Cutaneous Allergy will take place from the 27th-29th January 2016 at Salford Royal Hospital. This clinical course is designed for registrars, junior consultants and nursing staff involved in the investigation of patients with cutaneous allergy.
The course has a ‘hands on’ approach, with patients being seen during the course and patch test readings being performed. There will be lectures on the standard series and other relevant batteries by Dr John English, Dr John McFadden, Dr Graham Johnston, Dr Johnny Bourke and Dr Jason Williams.
A factory site-visit will also be organised. The course provides an excellent introduction into patch testing or helps to support already existing knowledge.
Further details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org / 01612061014.
Annual meeting: July, 2016
Due to be held in conjunction with the British Association of Dermatologists.
For details contact:
Dr Jason Williams,
European Society of Contact Dermatitis: Manchester; September 14-17, 2016
For those of you wishing to attend the European meeting the website can be found at www.escd2016.com
Minimum standards for Cutaneous Allergy Services (2012)
With the British Associaton of Dermatologists and British Dermatology Nursing Grup we've produced a document to advise on best practice in provison of a service for the investigation of allergic skin disease. To view the document click here. Currently, Service standards are being developed to provide a means of accrediting services.
Baseline Series Amended (2011)
Primin: Deleted due to the low frequency of reactions and lack of relevance
Propolis: thought not to add value as a screening allergen and moved to the facial series
Methylisothiazolinone 0.2% aq added: this allergen is now used on its own in personal care products. Several studies have shown that the current MCI/MI mixture misses relevant positive results and that the 0.02% concentraton gives false negative results.
Amerchol L101 50% pet added. The debate about lanolin allergy continues. Several members felt that the addition of amerchol aided diagnosis when there were consistent reactions with other lanolin related allergens.
To improve sensitivity and reduce the risk of false negative reactions the concentrations of 2 allergens have been increased without appearing to increase the risk of irritancy.
Formaldehyde 2% aq
Updated versions (2015) of some of the patient information leaflets are now avaialbale in the downloads section.
We are currenlty negotiating an update to the database to hopefully make it more user friendly and enable easier extraction of the data.
Contact allergy to footwear presents significant problems in terms of sourcing suitable footwear items not containing the relevant allergens. Follow this link for sources of bespoke footwear.
DOPS in Contact Dermatitis
The committee have developed and trialled an assessment format for SPRs in contact dermatitis. This is available for downloading from this link
Joint Replacement and Patch Testing
Several BCDS members have requested advice on the advisability of patch testing for patients due to undergo joint replacement surgery. Prof Gawkrodger has published a review of this topic that is made available with permission of the British Journal of Dermatology, to view the article (pdf format) follow this link
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