11. Allergic and immunologic diseases of the skin

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Many skin diseases have an inflammatory or immune component, and anti-inflammatory drugs comprise a major portion of a dermatologist's therapeutic armamentarium. Although causes of most of these diseases remain obscure, mechanisms of lesion formation and explanations for symptoms are increasingly well documented. These developments, coupled with the expected availability of novel selective immunomodulatory agents, herald a new era for immunodermatology. Patients with psoriasis, allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and autoantibody-mediated blistering diseases are among those who are likely to benefit from advances in the understanding of disease pathogenesis and the emergence of immunotherapeutics. (J Allergy Clin Immunol 2003;111:S560-70.)

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