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Why Does My Skin "Feel" So Funny? From Dysesthesias to Dysmorphia
Monday, March 24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Formulate a comprehensive differential diagnosis of dysesthetic skin sensations.
- Formulate an appropriate work-up of dysesthetic symptoms.
- Assess effective and novel treatments for the management of dysesthetic symptoms.
Alteration in skin sensation is commonly encountered in clinical practice. Itch, tingle, burning, pain, hyperesthesia, and formications are but a few of the dysesthetic symptoms that cause patients distress. The possibility of an infectious, inflammatory, autoimmune, metabolic, allergic, or neoplastic etiology needs to be examined. The potential for protean psychiatric reactions to dysesthetic symptoms is understandably huge. In contrast, the role of psychological factors in the etiology or exacerbation of dysesthetic symptoms can be substantial as well. This session will explore the work-up of dysesthetic skin sensations and provide suggestions for the comprehensive management of these difficult patients.