Wellington Dermatology

COVID-19

Please see our dedicated page here regarding Covid-19 and what the lockdown etc means for the clinic appointments.

Covid-19 Info

Potential fire hazard from skin products containing paraffin

Potential fire hazard from skin products containing liquid paraffin and/or white soft paraffin. The skin products themselves are not flammable, it is the clothing, bedding or bandages covered in these skin products containing paraffin that are at risk of catching fire.

The risk does appear to be associated with white soft paraffin and/or liquid paraffin. Read more

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Reported risk of some blood pressure medications and non-melanoma skin cancer

Two recent case studies in a Danish population have found an increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer associated with use of Hydrochlorothiazide. This risk increases with cumulative dose. The increased risk is associated with non-melanoma skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma of the lip.

The exact mechanism is unknown, but Hydrochlorothiazide is known to sometimes cause photosensitising effects of the skin and make it more sensitive to ultraviolet light.

The same studies have found no significant risk with other blood pressure medicines.

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Funding for Secukinumab (for psoriasis) and Omalizumab (for hives)

Pharmac has announced funding for both Secukinumab (for severe psoriasis) and Omalizumab (for chronic hives) as of October 2018. These can be prescribed by a Dermatologist only. Read more