Dermatitis Research Page
Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin.
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.
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.
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:
Fisher's Contact Dermatitis
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