Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Melissa San Pedro Lobo0
Veterinarians May Help Dermatologists Treat Skin Conditions in Humans
Veterinarians researching skin disorders in pets may provide insights to dermatologists who could use this knowledge to treat similar conditions in humans. The possibility of shared knowledge between veterinarians and dermatologists was raised at the summer meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in New York recently.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dr. Jennifer Gardner, MD, FAAD, of the University of Washington, states that these two branches of medicine have a lot to learn from each other. Collaboration and shared expertise can help improve the skin health of both humans as well as animals and the environment they live in.
The UW Center for One Health Research promotes this concept of an association between animal, human, and environmental health. In earlier times, a single physician cared for all the members of a family, including any animals in the family. With time, medical instruments have become more advanced, medicine has become more and more specialized, but the importance of cross-collaboration between different disciplines has become apparent in recent years.
In humans, atopic dermatitis may be treated with topical agents, but the use of local treatments is limited in animals. Veterinarian researchers have been trying to develop immune-based therapies to treat atopic dermatitis in animals. This research could have a significant impact on how dermatologists treat atopic dermatitis in humans.
Different species have different mites living in their skin, but many of these microscopic inhabitants of skin have similar behavior. Therefore, animal studies can influence the treatment of mite-related skin disorders, such as hair loss and rosacea, in humans. The research will also shed light on which conditions can be transferred between animals and humans. This knowledge will help dermatologists enhance their expertise about the best treatments for skin conditions in humans.