Patient Information Leaflets

The EADV Task Forces have produced a number of leaflets intended to give advice to patients on different skin diseases and current treatments.
Quality information is essential in the understanding and development of care and improves the communication and experience for patients.

The educational aim of these leaflets is to offer a better understanding of dermato-venereological conditions, symptoms, treatments and procedures.

In addition to the available leaflets, you may also contact or visit your national patient association website or local dermatological organisation that can also provide access to additional information.

This represents a first step and an overview of your disease of interest – your treating physician will be able to provide answers to any other questions you may have and best advice.

You can browse all of the EADV patient information leaflets below, which are divided by topic.




Contact dermatitis
Eczema / Atopic dermatitis
Laser dermatology and evidence based devices
Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)
Occupational skin disease
Skin in organ transplant recipients (OTR) 
Paediatric dermatology
Quality of life and patient outcomes
Tropical Dermatology
Wound healing

Thanks to the support of our colleagues from IUSTI, we are able to share the below patient leaflets on sexually transmitted diseases.

EADV and IUSTI  promote the sharing of information and engage in collective actions for the benefit of our patients.

UEMS/EBDV and ISIDOG also endorse these patient information leaflets.

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There are few good quality studies (prospective, randomized controlled) concerning the treatment of pregnant women and almost none for dermatological conditions particularly of topical treatments. This naturally leads to the difficulty giving evidence-based advice which is desired in general.

The advice that will be given in our leaflets is based on the best available evidence.

However, usually there are no good quality studies available and we have to rely on retrospective cohort studies the most. The lack of good studies naturally led to different advice in different countries and it is impossible to know which is the best advice.


Use of steroid creams during pregnancy

Steroids are produced naturally by the body. They reduce inflammation and have been altered to make it possible to use them directly on the skin rather than having to take steroid tablets.

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Herpes simplex

NOTE: IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED. Herpes is a recurrent, life-long viral infection of the skin and the mucosa (moist surfaces of the mouth and genitals). When located at the lower half of the body (usually in the anogenital region) it is called genit

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Moles and Malignant Melanoma

Moles (melanocytic nevi) are benign (non-cancerous) spots which are usually dark brown in colour, but can also be skin coloured and can have different shapes and sizes.

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Mollusca Contagiosa

Mollusca contagiosa are an infectious disease caused by a virus. They are small (1-5mm), firm, skin coloured, papules often with a central indentation, grouped or scattered anywhere on the body.

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Pemphigoid (Herpes) Gestationis (PG)

Pemphigoid Gestationis is a rare skin blistering disorder that occurs in women of childbearing age. It usually presents in pregnancy but can also recur in women who subsequently take oral contraceptive therapy or with menstruation.

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Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy (PEP)

Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy is a relatively common skin disorder that occurs in women of childbearing age. It usually presents in women during their first pregnancy and recurrence in subsequent pregnancies is unusual.

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Scabies is a common and very itchy skin condition caused by human scabies mites. It can affect people of any age but is most common in the young. Scabies may also occur during pregnancy;

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Vulvovaginal candidiasis

Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a yeast infection of the vagina and vulva, caused by the yeast Candida albicans.

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Use of biologics during pre-conception, pregnancy & breastfeeding

This leaflet has been written to help you understand more about the use of biologic drugs or ‘biologics’ for the treatment of psoriasis when you want to become pregnant, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Lupus Erythematosus

This leaflet has been written to help you understand more about Lupus Erythematosus during pregnancy and lactation. It will tell you what it is, what causes it, what can be done about it, and where you can find out more about it.

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Atopic Eruption of Pregnancy (AEP)

This leaflet is designed to tell you more about Atopic Eruption of Pregnancy (AEP). It tells you what the condition is, what causes it, what can be done about it and where to find out more about it.

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Genital Condylomata

This leaflet has been written to help you understand more about genital warts. It will tell you what it is, what causes it, what can be done about it, and where you can find out more information about it.

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Acne is a disease of the hairfollicle and its gland (pilosebaceous) unit. It usually starts in puberty and is affected by your hormones, arising in areas rich in sebaceous glands like the face upper back and chest, but it may occur in other places too.

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Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy refers to a liver condition in which the normal flow of bile is impaired resulting in severe itching in the mother and a risk for stillbirth and prematurity (delivery before term) in the baby.

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Common Skin Changes during pregnancy

During pregnancy you may see many changes to your skin. We would like to introduce some of these common, usually harmless but sometimes unpleasant skin changes and explain what you can do to help them.

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