IMMUNODERMATOLOGY studies skin as an organ of immunity in health and
disease. Several areas have special attention, such as
photo-immunology (effects of UV light on skin defense), inflammatory
diseases such as
Hidradenitis suppurativa , allergic contact
dermatitis and atopic eczema , presumably autoimmune skin diseases
such as vitiligo and psoriasis , and finally the immunology of
microbial skin diseases such as retrovirus infections and leprosy .
New therapies in development for the immunomodulation of common
immunological skin diseases include biologicals aimed at neutralizing
TNF-alfa and chemokine receptor inhibitors.
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