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Dermatitis Research Page

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Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin.

Contact Dermatitis

Cause: contact between the skin and a substance which causes sensitivity to the skin.

These substances may include cosmetics, dyes, paints, and plants.

Dermatitis may appear gradually or suddenly depending on the individual's sensitivity.

Prevention involves finding the cause and preventing further contact of the offending substance with the skin.

Treatment may range from calamine lotion in mild cases to the application of corticosteroids for more severe cases.

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Light Dermatitis

In this case, the skin reddens and blisters due to exposure to sunlight.

The face, neck, hands, areas normally exposed to sunlight, are affected, and particularly during the months of April through to September.

Some cosmetic preparations or drugs may make a person more sensitive to sunlight.

Treatment for this form of dermatitis may include applying protection to the skin which absorbs the ultra-violet rays.

Exfoliative Dermatitis

This condition involves a reddening of the skin as well as a thickening of the skin which then begins to peel off.

It can spread to the whole body.

It occurs later in life in men more than in women.

Large doses of corticosteroids are needed for treatment.

For an index of important links and resources to research dermatitis use the medline plus web site run by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health:
Click here for medline plus and dermatitis research

Fisher's Contact Dermatitis
by Robert L. Rietschel (Editor), Joseph F. Fowler (Editor)

From Book News, Inc.
New edition of a text that includes information on contact dermatitis as encountered not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Dermatologists Rietschel (Oschner Cinic) and Fowler (U. of Louisville School of Medicine) present 39 chapters that discuss the pathogenesis of allergic contact hypersensitivity; practical aspects of patch testing; various types of dermatitis (noneczematous, systemic, textile and shoe, fragrance and plant, photocontact, occupational, gases and propellants, plastic, food additives and dyes, rubber, gums, rosin, natural resins, acquatic, and from medical devices, implants, and equipment); treatment and medications (topical corticosteroids, local anesthetics and topical analgesics; allergy to preservatives and vehicles in cosmetics and toiletries; contact urticaria, stomatitis, and cheilitis; and specific instructions for patients.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR


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