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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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Symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

Symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

Itching.: Atopic dermatitis is an itch that rashes (as opposed to a rash that itches) - it's the itching that comes first, and scratching it that causes the rash. The itchiest areas are typically crooks of arms, backs of knees, and sides of neck, although other areas can be involved. Most kids outgrow it, although an unfortunate minority do not. Treatment depends on location and severity. ...Read more

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What causes atopic eczema?

What causes atopic eczema?

Moisture loss: The basic problem in eczema is loss of the normal moisture from the skin causing dry skin. Dry skin itches. Scratching the dry skin (or rubbing it on bedding) causes rash. Therefore eczema has been described as "the itch that rashes." people with eczema are sometimes missing some barrier proteins that prevent moisture loss. 1/3 of eczema may have food allergy triggers, but 2/3 will not. ...Read more

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What causes eczema?

What causes eczema?

Born with tendency.: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma;someone with eczema has skin that's overly sensitive to dryness and irritation. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What causes dyshidrotic eczema?

What causes dyshidrotic eczema?

Etiology unknown: Dyshidrotic eczema usually occurs on the palms and soles. We don't know why some people are at risk. But there are identifiable triggers. These include recurrent exposure to chemical or mechanical irritants like frequent hand scrubbing or washing, as well as irritating chemicals and certain allergenic metals like nickel. Steroid creams & avoiding irritants are the first choice treatments. ...Read more

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What are nummular dermatitis symptoms?

What are  nummular dermatitis symptoms?

Nummular derm: Topical steroids are effective. Less erythematous, less pruritic lesions may be treated with low-potency (class iii-vi) steroids. Severely inflamed lesions with intense erythema, vesicles, and pruritus require high-potency (class i-ii) preparations. Penetration of the medication is enhanced by occlusion or presoaking in a tub of plain water followed immediately (without drying) by application. ...Read more

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What causes severe milk/dairy allergies?

What causes severe milk/dairy allergies?

Genetics and ... ?: We don't know what causes food allergies but people with food allergies often come from families where allergies of any sort are more common. Milk allergiy is not necessarily more or less common than other food allergies. Common food allergies in children are soy, egg, and milk, whereas older children and adults are more often allergic to nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish. ...Read more

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What causes varicose eczema?

What causes varicose eczema?

Venous hypertension: Varicose or venous eczema is always commonly referred to as stasis dermatitis, even though this is an inaccurate description. Stasis means that blood isn't moving. In the case of venous eczema, the blood is moving, it is just going the wrong way. We call this reflux and reflux occurs in varicose vein disease. The problem is too much pressure in the veins and the inflammation that results. ...Read more

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What other condition can mimic HIV symptoms?

What other condition can mimic HIV symptoms?

Depends: In the initial stage, HIV has the same symptoms as Flu. Later it can mimic tumors, infections, malabsorption, dementia, pneumonia etc. ...Read more

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What other condition can mimic HIV symptoms?

What other condition can mimic HIV symptoms?

Many things: The symptoms of a new HIV infection are nonspecific--that is, the same symptoms can be caused by many medical conditions. Most common are sore throat, fever, a non-itchy skin rash of red spots, and enlarged lymph nodes -- plus others. Most people with these symptoms have other viruses or non-infectious problems, even if at risk for HIV. Testing for HIV is the only way to know. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dyshidrotic dermatitis: are there many symptoms?

Dyshidrotic dermatitis: are there many symptoms?

DYSHIDROTIC RASH: DYSHIDROTIC DERMATITIS IS A BLISTERY ERUPTION ON THE PALMS AND SOLES. THE BLISTERS ARE USUALLY SMALL. THE ITCHING COULD BE VERY SEVERE. IT IS NOT CONTAGIOUS. OFTEN VERY DIFFICULT TO TREAT . . . ...Read more

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What causes similar symptoms to hyperthyroidism?

What causes similar symptoms to hyperthyroidism?

Many, many things: Most overweight people think/hope they have an under active thyroid gland, so doc can give them thyroid replacement and they'll lose the weight (i remember one case in 40 years practice). Many people think they have overactive thyroid when pulse is fast, palpitations in chest, sweat a lot, diarrhea frequently, lose weight or hair, ...Most don't, but check. I do thyroid screening tests routinely. ...Read more

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What can cause dermatitis herpetiformis?

What can cause  dermatitis herpetiformis?

Unknown: The cause of dermatitis herpetiformis is unknown. However, there is a strong link to celiac sprue disease (gluten insensitivity). One of the recommended treatments for dermatitis herpetiformis is a gluten-free diet, which may allow the patient to avoid medications. ...Read more

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What causes chronic hives?

What causes chronic hives?

Chronic Urticaria: Agree with Dr. Al Hegab. The cause of chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria (hives) is currently unknown. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. No specific cause can be identified in most patients. Screening labs can be drawn by Allergist to see if hives caused by autoimmune condition including thyroid disorder. Typical screening labs include CBC/diff, CMP, TSH, ESR/CRP. ...Read more

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Prolonged poison ivy symptoms, what causes this?

Prolonged poison ivy symptoms, what causes this?

Posion ivy : Poison ivy symptoms normally begin 12-48 hours after contact with the plant oils and can last 2-3 weeks! Often the rash gets worse before it gets better. If the rash persists beyond 2-3 weeks or you develop oozing blisters, pus or fever see a Dr as the skin may have become infected requiring antibiotics. ...Read more

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What causes hand eczema?

What causes hand eczema?

Depends: Eczema or dermatitis are terms for irritated skin. There are multiple reasons someone can get rashes on their hands. The most common cause is from irritant dermatitis caused by frequent exposure to moisture (sweating or hand-washing), soap, or other solvents. Other conditions that can cause hand rashes include infections, allergies, inflammatory conditions (psoriasis), etc. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of perioral dermatitis?

Perioral dermatitis: Perioral dermatitis (pod) is a chronic papulopustular and eczematous facial dermatitis mainly around the mouth.It mostly occurs in women, although a distinct papular variant occurs in children.The clinical and histologic features of the perioral dermatitis lesions resemble those of rosacea. Patients require systemic and/or topical treatment, an evaluation of the underlying factors, and reassurance. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more