lunes, 2 de abril de 2007

Eczema and Dermatitis

Today I'm going to talk alittle about two more conditions of the skin eczema and dermatitis. The word dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. Eczema is a specific form of dermatitis. Some physicians use the work eczema to describe internally-provoked inflammation of the skin, usually due to allergies, which may affect some people more than others. Dermatitis on the other hand also includes conditions that are caused by external factors and affect everybody in the same way, such a sunburn. The distinction between eczema and dermatitis is not important for treatment, so this will be written about both interchangeably. In adddition to inflammation of the skin, eczema is characterized by redness and flaking and /or blistering. Eventually, the skin in the affected area becomes thickened and changes color. There are many types of eczema.
CONTACT Dermatitis: This condition is caused by an allergy to certain substances that may touch the skin. If you are highly allergic, for example to poison ivy, the dermatitis develops within 48 hours after contact. The skin becomes red and itchy, even beyond the point of contact, and tiny blisters develop. If minute traces of chemicals from the plant are accidentally transferred from one part of the body to another, contact dermatitis may develop on the second part also. A Poison Ivy Bar such as the one found at the following site will speed up the drying process and retard the spread and itchiness.
Allergies to nickel (on the underside of a wrist watch or earrings) will produce red flaky, itchy patches of skin but usually leave as soon as the allergen is removed.
Seborrheic Eczema: The creases from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth may become red, flaky and itchy. This may be found in infants and adults. In men this may extend to the beard area, hairy parts of the chest and back. The condition may also affect other skin creases such as the groin, armpits and under the breasts. If it is found in a fold of the skin and is moist, it is also known as intertrigo. This kind of ezcema also causes dandruff. The cause of this kind is not known but seems to run in families. This kind I have noticed occurs in the summer when one is working and gets sweaty and dirty. It is important to wash the area and dry it as soon as possible. My mother taught me to make a little cloth bag with corn starch in it and pat the areas (not too heavily) that are in creases. This works wonders to soothe the area.
Oatmeal bath is known to help the itching of this condition.
Also for the dandruff caused by this condition use A lye based soap and rinse well.
be careful of the shampoos and conditioners you use as they may cause a film on the scalp and irritate the condition further.
Tomorrow I will discuss several other forms of eczema.
Have a Happy Healthy Day and God Bless who ever reads this!

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