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Doctor insights on: Eczema Or Dermatitis Types

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Which type of eczema or dermatitis do I have?

Which type of eczema or dermatitis do I have?

Depends.: Dermatitis can have many causes. Dry skin, chronic swelling, food allergy, and contact allergy are just a few of the causes. Consult with your primary care doctor or a dermatologist for further guidance.

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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Is there a type of topical steroid creams that are effective for eczema or dermatitis long term?

Is there a type of topical steroid creams that are effective for eczema or dermatitis long term?

No.: There are many types of steroid creams all work for different stages of eczema or locations. "weak" steroid cream good for face ears and neck, for example. "strong" steroid cream suitable for chronic, thickend eczema. Sometimes, steroid creams loose their potency and become ineffective after a longterm usage. (there is debate why it's that). You'd better let your dermatologist decides what's best.

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What is eczema or dermatitis?

What is eczema or dermatitis?

Skin inflammation: Eczema is the formal term for dermatitis, which means skin inflammation. When most people talk about eczema, they are really referring to atopic dermatitis, which is an immunological condition that is driven by a lot of histamine release in the skin. This is different than, for example, nummular eczema, a coin-like rash that's a reaction to something else going on elsewhere on the body.

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What causes eczema or dermatitis?

What causes eczema or dermatitis?

Genetics allergies: People inherit the tendency toward allergic conditions as eczema. You have dry sensitive skin which loses water . Barrier creams such as eletone and hylatopic can be helpful in treating the condition.

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Can changing my diet help my eczema or dermatitis?

Can changing my diet help my eczema or dermatitis?

Yes.: If you know what makes it worse, avoiding these foods can make it better.

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I want to know what is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?

I want to know what is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?

Location and charact: The location and characterstic, these two conditions do not have any similarity whatsoever and there is never any confusion in diagnosing either.

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What is the difference between dhystrotic eczema and dermatitis herptiformis?

What is the difference between dhystrotic eczema and dermatitis herptiformis?

Skin rashes: 2 different conditions with different patterns and distribution, an experienced dermatologist can help you differentiate the 2, one is associated with excessive hand washing, the other is associated with gluten hypersensitivity.

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Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? Which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? Can the words be used interchangeably?

Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? Which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? Can the words be used interchangeably?

Yes, Interchangeable: Atopic dermatitis and eczema are usually interchangeable because they mean the same condition. However, you could have eczema which could be localized such as nummular eczema which is not atopic dermatitis. The term atopic is associated with allergy. Patients with atopic dermatitis do suffer from other conditions such as asthma also.

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Is there a cure for eczema or dermatitis?

Is there a cure for eczema or dermatitis?

No: 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.

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Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Yes: Stasis dermatitis is a lower leg condition in which the legs develop a rash because blood pools there due to circulatory issues, usually veins that don't work. Stasis is a greek word meaning to stand still. Eczema is a greek word meaning to boil over, and it is usually used synonymously with atopic dermatitis, an itchy, rashy allergic skin disease around elbows, knees, hands, face; or all over body.

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What could be causes of my contact dermatitis eczema?

What could be causes of my contact dermatitis eczema?

Lots of possibilitie: Contact dermatitis comes in 2 forms, allergic (like poison ivy), and irritant (like "dish-pan hands"). There are hundreds of chemicals that are known to cause allergic reactions when the come in to contact with the skin, and patch testing can help determine which one you may be reacting to. Any chemical that dries or irritates the skin (soap, detergents, solvents) can cause irritant dermatitis.

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How do I know if I have eczema or contact dermatitis?

How do I know if I have eczema or contact dermatitis?

Seek Care: Eczema is a generic term for dry, red, irritated skin. Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction from contact with something your are sensitive to. A detailed history and testing if needed by a medical professional can help determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

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What are the differences between dermatitis and eczema?

What are the differences between dermatitis and eczema?

All ecxema is a : Dermatitis, not all dermatitis is eczema. This is a wording issue. Eczema is just type of problem that involves the skin. A dermatitis is a broad word that includes anything that causes disruption of the healthy skin.

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Are seborrhoeaic dermatitis and seborrhaeic eczema the same thing?

Yes they are same: These two are the same names used for seborrhaeic dermatitis sometimes called seborrhaeic eczema.

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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!

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Can atopic dermatitis (eczema) go away with age?

Often but not always: 70% of the children lose their ad by age 7, but the other 30% don't. Ad may also develop in adulthood but this is much less frequent and may be a totally different disease. One thing seems clear-nearly all ad patients have dry skin , the result of a defective skin layer causing water loss. Moisturizer immediately after bathing is a must.

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What is the root cause of atopic dermatitis? Is it eczema?

What is the root cause of atopic dermatitis? Is it eczema?

Atopic dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis is also called eczema, dermatitis, or atopy. Most commonly, it may be thought of as a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies (hay fever), and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching.

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Suffering from dermatitis and eczema; ideas for home remedies?

Suffering from dermatitis and eczema; ideas for home remedies?

Management: The treatment really depends on the underlying cause and condition. For dry skin, a perfume free moisturizer, white dove soap help to soothe the skin. In addition, local application of cortisone lotion to the worse areas is advised. If the condition worsens, I would recommend a follow up appoihtment.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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