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Dermatitis (Overview)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are different kinds of dermatitis.


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How long does dermatitis herpetiformis last after you get it?

How long does dermatitis herpetiformis last after you get it?

Skin & celiac sprue: Dermatitis herpetiformis is a very special skin eruption uniquely linked to celiac sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy). Not every sprue patient develops dermatitis herpetiformis, the timetable for manifestation and duration of which is variable. Gluten intolerant patients do not have this skin problem. If you indeed have celiac sprue it is imperative that your diet is strictly gluten free always. ...Read more

Dermatitis (Overview)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are different kinds of dermatitis.


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If I have a shower I have no problems. If I have a bath , after 10 min , my head itches very strong. Why? Is it a symptom of dermatitis seborroic?

If I have a shower I have no problems. If I have a bath , after 10 min , my head itches very strong. Why? Is it a symptom of dermatitis seborroic?

?: I can't think of a mechanism for this since showering would involve your scalp but bathing likely not. There is a condition known as cholinergic urticaria in which intensely itchy red bumps would develop after a rise in core body temperature, but this does not fit your picture. It is also not suggestive of seborrhea. Suggest you see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What symptoms of contact dermatitis are the most important?

What symptoms of contact dermatitis are the most important?

Itching.: Despite its often nasty appearance contact dermatitis rarely becomes secondarily infected. But the itching can be intense and persist for days to weeks. Your physician can help. ...Read more

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I think I have dermatitis. What are the telltale signs?

I think I have dermatitis. What are the telltale signs?

Red itchy rash: Signs and symptoms:
typically the main symptom is itchy skin that has an associated red rash.
You can also have associated blisters, thick or scaly skin, or sores from scratching ...Read more

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How do you make the diagnosis of nummular dermatitis?

How do you make the diagnosis of  nummular dermatitis?

It's clinical: A trained eye looks at the lesions. A biopsy may seal the dignosis of what the cause of the "coin-like" lesions are. Psoriasis is most common. ...Read more

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Will a doctor use a patch test to diagnose dermatitis?

Will a doctor use a patch test to diagnose dermatitis?

Allergic reaction: Patch testing is done when there is a reasonable suspicion that the dermatitis is caused by an allergen that is contacting the skin (allergic contact dermatitis). It can be quite valuable but requires a very thoughtful clinician and a carefully done history. ...Read more

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What are the tests for toxicodendron dermatitis?

What are the tests for toxicodendron dermatitis?

Patch testing: Toxicodendron dermatitis is poison ivy, for those who don't know. A patch test can be applied to the back to determine if you are allergic to the toxicodendron plant oil, but usually it isn't necessary; the diagnosis is made by visual examination by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have dermatitis herpetiformis? Do you have to have rash?

How do you know if you have dermatitis herpetiformis?  Do you have to have rash?

Dermatitis Herpetifo: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. A skin biopsy and direct immunofluorescence test of the skin are performed in most cases. Your doctor may also recommend a biopsy of the intestines. ...Read more

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What are the common ingredients that cause dermatitis?

What are the  common ingredients that cause dermatitis?

Depends on type: "dermatitis" just means "inflammation of the skin". In other words, pretty much every rash is a "dermatitis". Without a more specific idea of what is going on, it is impossible to recommend treatment. Even if you are using "dermatitis" as a synonym for "eczema" (as some do), the possibilities are still too broad, since there are so many different kinds of eczema. ...Read more

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What does it mean for my dermatitis to be "atopic?"

What does it mean for my dermatitis to be "atopic?"

Atopy (see below): Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases. "atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you already have one of these diseases or have a close blood-relative who does, you have a higher risk (than those who don't) of getting any atopic disease. Note: an increased risk does not mean you actually will get any or all of these diseases. ...Read more

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Is dermatitis treatable?

Is dermatitis treatable?

Yes: In most cases, dermatitis is treatable, but there are many different reasons for dermatitis, i.e. Infection rash, sunburn, chemical exposure. Dermatitis is a broad term meaning "inflammation of the skin". Depending on the cause will determine the treatment. ...Read more

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How is a child treated for contact dermatitis?

How is a child  treated for contact dermatitis?

Depends: The treatment will vary on the extent and symptoms associated with the rash. Topical steroid ointments, may be used, as well as oral antihistamines, and oral steroids. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way of treating sd seborrehic dermatitis and what is it exactly?

What is the most effective way of treating sd seborrehic dermatitis and what is it exactly?

Shampoos and cream: Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory disorder of the hair, ears, eyebrows, and nasolabial folds. It is caused by numerous factors including altered sebum, malessezia overgrowth, and overactive immune system response. Nizoral, (ketoconazole) t/gel and t/sal shampoos are useful. Topical steroids and antifungals can help control as well. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatments for dermatitis?

What are the alternative treatments for dermatitis?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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Cure for stasis dermatitis?

Stasis dermatitis: Skin changes which result from deposition of iron from sluggish return of blood due to varicose veins and/or venous insufficiency. Compression stockings or support hose and sometimes vein surgery. ...Read more

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How do get rid of eczema dermatitis?

How do get rid of eczema dermatitis?

Born again, maybe: Eczema typically a waxing/waning condition of the skin..Symptom severity often correlate with weather changes, i.e..Winter weather usually makes eczema worse. Sun and warmer weather tend to alleviate eczema.
Topical cream/ointment often are helpful. Currently there is no cure! ...Read more

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Is there any non-drug treatment for dermatitis/adult acne?

Is there any non-drug treatment for dermatitis/adult acne?

No: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena pangea organics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more

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Should i take multi-vitamin tablets while using neutrogena for sebhorreic dermatitis to re-grow hair loss?

Should i take multi-vitamin tablets while using neutrogena for sebhorreic dermatitis to re-grow hair loss?

Your choice: Most people who take multivitamins probably derive no benefit from them, especially if their diet and sun exposure are normal. There is no reason you cannot take a cheap vitamin-and-mineral tablet from a reputable pharmacy chain. Don't spend much money on them, and good luck with the continued treatment of scalp dermatitis -- it can take persistence to treat successfully. ...Read more

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Can seborrheic dermatitis be genetic? I have used a few different kinds of cream unsuccessful, last resort was protopic, was effective.

Can seborrheic dermatitis be genetic? I have used a few different kinds of cream unsuccessful, last resort was protopic, was effective.

Yes: Sensitive and allergic skin has a strong genetic component. In fact, syndromes exist that are very predictable and often are inherited. Atopic (allergic) syndromes often involve sensitive skin, allergies, and asthma. ...Read more

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How can I help prevent contact dermatitis?

How can I help prevent contact dermatitis?

Avoid contactant: If you know what you are allergic to, avoid contact with that substance and anything containing that substance. Dermatologists have lists of products that contain the most common contactants. If you don't know what you are allergic to, your dermatologist can apply patch tests to your back to isolate the contactant. ...Read more

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What are the foods to be avoided in atopic dermatitis?

What are the foods to be avoided in atopic dermatitis?

It depends: There are no foods that are universally associated with atopic dermatitis. In moderate to severe atopic dermatitis about 30-50% of patients will have some food triggers for their ad. See an allergist for testing to find out what those might be. ...Read more

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How long will dermatitis last?

How long will dermatitis last?

DERMATITIS: It depends on the kind of dermatitis. Some are recurrent , others respond easity to treatment. ...Read more

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What increases risk for dermatitis?

What increases risk for dermatitis?

Dermatitis: A number of health conditions, allergies, genetic factors, physical and mental stressors, and irritants can cause dermatitis. ...Read more

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How will dermatitis affect the body?

The skin is: The largest organ in the body. A breach in its integrity can lead to a more invasive and serious infection, i.e., flesh eating bacteria. Cosmetic issues are not silly. ...Read more

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Can I get dermatitis more than once?

Can I get dermatitis more than once?

Yes: Dermatitis is fairly non-specific. Allergic dermatitis can be caused by exposure to an allergen such as poison ivy. Repeated exposure to the allergen will cause the rash to re-occur. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for dermatitis?

What increases my risk for dermatitis?

Not specific enough: "dermatitis" just means "inflammation of the skin". In other words, pretty much every rash is a "dermatitis". Without a more specific idea of what is going on, it is impossible to recommend treatment. Even if you are using "dermatitis" as a synonym for "eczema" (as some do), the possibilities are still too broad, since there are so many different kinds of eczema. ...Read more

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