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Seborrhoeic Dermatitis Symptoms
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
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
Remove the irritant: Contact dermatitis is a straight forward issue of stopping the exposure. You also want to protect the skin with a good moisturizing lotion. Eczema is something that comes from an internal exposure like a food allergy that alters the immune system. You still want to stop the exposure, but it can be hard to find. Both conditions can be moderated with steroid creams and good lotions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes overlap: Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp can often overlap with scalp psoriasis in a disease termed sebopsoriasis. Both conditions are from scalp inflammation. The treatments are often quite similar using topical steroid solutions/shampoos/foams and keratolytic (scale removing) shampoos and topicals. See a dermatologist to see if you have one or the other or the combined form (sebopsoriasis). ...Read more
Same as other areas: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seborrheic-dermatitis/basics/treatment/con-20031872 Nice summary of treatments for seb derm Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more
Flaky cheeks/eyebrows, burning, red. History of eczema. Elidel, (pimecrolimus) azoles, tea tree worsening problem. Could it be eczema not seb derm?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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