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AcutusRx assist physicians in formulating accurate and individualized medication to treat a vast variety of skin conditions. Our priority is to customize medications to meet the exact needs of the patient and physician. Our Pharmacists can suggest various formulations to the dermatologist and help the prescriber make an informed decision.

Commonly we are asked to customize medications for an array of conditions which include:

Acne

Is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne most commonly appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and lead to scarring of the skin. The causes of acne are: overproduction of oil (sebum), irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin, and buildup of bacteria. Acne is normally seen as the following forms: whiteheads and blackheads, papules, pustules (pimples), nodules and cysts. The good news is that effective treatments are available — and the earlier treatment is started, the lower your risk of lasting physical and emotional damage.

Anti-Aging

Relates to the application of advanced biomedical technologies focused on the early detection, prevention, and treatment of age-related diseases. Anti-aging medicine complements regenerative medicine, as both specialties embrace cutting-edge biomedical technologies aimed at achieving benefits for both the quality and quantity of the human lifespan.

Antimicrobials

Topical antibiotics are used for various purposes in dermatology. Some of the most common uses include treatment of acne; and treatment and prevention of wound infection, impetigo, and staphylococcal nasal carrier state. Antimicrobials speed up the process of healing and can decrease the chances that an infection will worsen and spread within the body.

Decubitus Ulcers

Are localized injuries to the skin and/or underlying tissue that usually occur over a bony prominence as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with friction. Pressure on the skin reduces blood flow to the area. Without enough blood, the skin can die and an ulcer may form. Symptoms of a pressure ulcer include: red skin that gets worse over time and the affected area forming a blister which progress to an open sore.

Eczema

A group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed, irritated, dry and results in itching. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but its thought to be linked to an overactive response by the bodys immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms of eczema.

Hair Growth

Alopecia is hair loss which occurs when hair follicles stop producing hair growth. Hair loss is a normal part of aging. Generally about 100 hairs are lost from your head every day. Some people may however experience excessive hair loss. Medicines for hair loss can slow thinning of hair and increase coverage of the scalp by growing new hair and enlarging existing hairs.

Hyperpigmentation

Features areas of darkened skin that affects women and men of all ethnic groups. The condition is caused by either overactive melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing melanin (melanotic hyperpigmentation), or a proliferation of the melanocytes themselves (melanocytotic hyperpigmentation). Three types of hyperpigmentation exist: post-inflammatory inflammation, lentigines and melisma. Individuals with facial hyperpigmentation may become so concerned with the aesthetic implications of the condition that depression and anxiety may ensue.

Keloids

Are raised, reddish nodules that develop at the site of an injury. After a wound has occurred to the skin both skin cells and connective tissue cells (fibroblasts) begin multiplying to repair the damage. With keloids, the fibroblasts continue to multiply even after the wound is filled in. Thus, keloids project above the surface of the skin and form large mounds of scar tissue.

Melasma

Are patches of dark skin that appear on areas of the face exposed to the sun. This is caused by hormonal fluctuations (for example, during pregnancy, with thyroid dysfunction, and through use of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy). It affects an estimated five to six million women in the United States alone.

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Athletes foot, also called tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the foot. It causes peeling, redness, itching, burning, and sometimes blisters and sores.

Fungal Infections Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include athletes foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.

Jock itch

Also called tinea cruris, is a common skin infection that is caused by a type of fungus called tinea. The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas of the body and as a result, infection can affect the genitals, inner thighs, and buttocks. Infections occur more frequently in the summer or in warm, wet climates. Jock itch appears as a red, itchy rash that is often ring-shaped.

Ringworm

Also called tinea corporis, is not a worm, but a fungal infection of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body and it looks like a circular, red, flat sore. It is often accompanied by scaly skin. The outer part of the sore can be raised while the skin in the middle appears normal.

Yeast Infections

Of the skin are called cutaneous candidiasis and are caused by yeast-like fungi called candida. They occur when yeast on the skin grows more actively and causes a red, scaling, itchy rash on the skin.

Nail Infection

Also known as paronychia, is an infection that develops along the edge of the fingernail or toenail. It is the most common hand infection and if left untreated, can progress to a more severe infection of the entire finger or toe. Paronychias are most often caused by common skin bacteria entering the skin around the nail that has been damaged by trauma, such as nail biting, finger sucking, dishwashing, or chemical irritants. Fungal infections also can be a cause of paronychia formation, and should especially be considered in people with recurrent infections. The most common symptoms and signs are: swelling, redness, pus collection and pain.

Plantar Warts

Are hard, grainy growths that usually appear on the heels or balls of your feet, areas that feel the most pressure. This pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus). Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. The symptoms include: a small, fleshy, rough, grainy growth on the bottom of your foot, calluses, black pinpoints and pain.

Pruritus

Which is the medical term for an itch, is an irritation in the skin that causes an urge to scratch. Pruritus can be localized or generalized. The causes of itching are extensive abd includes: allergic reactions, head lice, herpes, scab growth and healing, skin conditions (such as athlete’s foot), diabetes, and drugs (such as opioids). Itching can lead to bacterial infections in cases where the scratching leads to breakage of the skin.

Psoriasis

Common skin condition that changes the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. Psoriasis is a persistent, chronic disease. There may be times when your psoriasis symptoms get better, alternating with times your psoriasis worsens. The primary goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.

Radiation Burns

Is a common side effect of radiation therapy in which the skin of the treated area becomes red and irritated. It occurs to some degree in most patients who undergo radiation therapy. Radiation kills not only cancer cells, but also some healthy cells. This causes the skin to peel. Damage to the skin can occur within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment and usually resolves when treatment is finished. Symptoms of radiation dermatitis include hair loss, decreased sweating, edema, ulcerations, bleeding and skin cell death.

Rashes

A rash indicates an abnormal change in skin color or texture. Rashes are usually caused by skin inflammation, which can have many causes. There are many types of rashes, including eczema, granuloma annulare, lichen planus, and pityriasis rosea. A rash may be localized in one part of the body, or affect all the skin. Rashes may cause the skin to change color, itch, become warm, bumpy, chapped, dry, cracked or blistered, swell, and may be painful.

Rosacea

Is a common skin condition that causes facial redness, swollen red bumps, eye problems (dryness, irritation, swelling and redness), and an enlarged nose. In severe and rare cases, the sebaceous glands in your nose and sometimes your cheeks become enlarged, resulting in a buildup of tissue on and around your nose, a condition called rhinophyma.

Scars Scars

Are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Different types of scarring include: hypertrophic (which includes keloids), atrophic, and stretch marks.

Topical Anesthetics

Cause a condition of temporary numbness caused by applying a substance directly to a surface of the body. Loss of feeling occurs in the specific areas touched by the anesthetic substance. Topical anesthesia typically either relieves existing pain from a body surface or prevents pain during medical examinations or procedures.

Vitiligo

Is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. It can affect the skin on any part of your body. It may also affect hair, the inside of the mouth and even the eyes. Normally, the color of hair, skin and eyes is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Signs include skin discoloration; premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard; and loss of color in the mucous membranes and retina.

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