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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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What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

rash from scratchin: Most of the time, the main symptom is intensely itchy skin that causes the person to scratch. The scratching can cause patches of red rashes, often in the bends of the elbows and knees, or other joints; sometimes on the face, hands and feet; sometimes all over the body. If you keep scratching, you can get bleeding and skin lines (lichenification), and superficial skin infections that are painful. ...Read more

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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

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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 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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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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Does dermatitis cause anything really bad if untreated?

Does dermatitis cause anything really bad if untreated?

Possible: Dermatitis (another name for eczema) is not inherently dangerous, but it tends to itch, which makes it miserable. Constant scratching leads to infection (impetigo), bleeding, and scarring. Since most types of dermatitis can be easily controlled by a dermatologist, it makes no sense to take those risks by leaving the condition untreated. ...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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Is there a natural way to treat dermatitis?

Is there a natural way to treat 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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How long does contact dermatitis usually last?

How long does contact dermatitis usually last?

One month: It can last 2-4 weeks or longer after the cause of the rash is removed and avoided. If the cause of the contact dermatitis is not removed then the reaction can persist as long as you're in contact with the offending agent. ...Read more

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How can you minimize the risk of developing dermatitis?

How can you minimize the risk of developing 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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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more