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Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)

These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.

The BAD shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information published, and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility for costs, losses, or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BAD.

Please note:

  1. There are thousands of different skin complaints, therefore, the focus of the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs production is on the most common, rarest or debilitating skin conditions.
  2. The offer to provide details of source materials used to inform the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs is for instances where the advice provided in the PILs does not reflect local practice and therefore evidence supporting said advice needs to be produced. It is not an offer to conduct literature searches or supply bibilographic materials for your own research.
Pityriasis rubra pilaris

Pityriasis rubra pilaris is the name given to a group of uncommon skin disorders. The name means scaling (pityriasis), redness (rubra) and involvement of the hair follicles (pilaris). 

Several types of pityriasis rubra pilaris are currently recognised including:

  • Type I. This is the commonest and is called ‘classic adult type’. It causes a widespread red and scaly rash. A variation of this affects children, and is called ‘classic juvenile type’ (type III).
  • Another type that affects children is called ‘circumscribed juvenile type’ (type IV) and causes a rash on the palms and soles, the front of the knees, and the back of the elbows.
  • A rarer genetic form also occurs (type V).
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