Sun & Scabies: 2011's Most Read Dermatology Articles

Nicole Seefeldt


December 08, 2011

Editor's Note: Near the end of each year, Medscape reflects on the most-read articles by each specialty group. Some of these results may surprise our readers; others may not.

Common clinical problems always seem to resonate and receive high readership. Clinical cases, like our #4 selection, are Medscape Dermatology original content from our ongoing Dermatology Clinic Series. Articles that focus on physicians as people, like "I'm Struggling to Live on $160,000 a Year," also appeal to dermatologists (as well as other specialty audiences).

Here are the highlights for 2011:

#10: Screen for Scabies With Tape, Confirm With Dermoscopy: Study
Can dermatologists in resource-poor settings use this as an effective alternative?

#9: Acute Administration of Gabapentin Can Prevent Postherpetic Neuralgia
Postherpetic neuralgia often can be perplexing and difficult to treat.

#8: Chocolate May Exacerbate Acne in Men
Does higher-quality chocolate pose a health risk for men?

#7: FDA Sunscreen Guidelines -- The Key Changes
Dr. Sandra Fryhofer informs clinicians of recent changes to sunscreen labeling and rating.

#6: Sentinel Node Biopsy Not Useful for Many With Cutaneous Melanoma
Why does this method of testing not seem beneficial?

#5: The Changes in Sunscreen Labeling
The US Food and Drug Administration gives its take on the recent changes.

#4: Dermatitis, Diarrhea and Alopecia: What Is Your Diagnosis?
What was causing a painful skin rash and peeling in this patient?

#3: I'm Struggling to Live on $160,000 a Year: MD Lament
Where does a physician's money go?

#2: TNF Blockers Get Boxed Warning on 2 Bacterial Infections
Because TNF blockers are often used to treat psoriasis (and other conditions), this was big news for dermatologists.