Eczema and Dermatitis

Dermatitis affects about one in every five people at some time in their lives. It results from a variety of different causes and has various patterns.The terms dermatitis and eczema are often used interchangeably. In some cases the term eczematous dermatitis is used. Dermatitis can be acute or chronic or both.

Chronic and incurable skin diseases, such as psoriasis and eczema, are associated with significant morbidity in the form of physical discomfort and impairment of patients' quality of life; whereas malignant diseases, such as malignant melanoma, carry substantial mortality.

Acute eczema (or dermatitis) refers to a rapidly evolving red rash which may be blistered and swollen. Chronic eczema (or dermatitis) refers to a longstanding irritable area. It is often darker than the surrounding skin, thickened (lichenified) and much scratched. And in-between state is known as subacute eczema.

Skin is an extraordinary structure. It is frequently damaged because it is directly in the 'firing line' and, for this reason, skin diseases are very common. There are more than 3000 known diseases of the skin. A cosmetically disfiguring disorder can have a significant impact, and can cause considerable discomfort and disability. Although most of the chronic skin conditions, such as atopic eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo and leg ulcers, are not immediately life-threatening, they are recognized as a considerable burden on health status and quality of life (QoL), including physical, emotional and financial consequences. On the other hand, skin cancers, such as malignant melanoma, are potentially life threatening and their burden is associated with the mortality that they carry.

  • Stasis dermatitis
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Perioral Dermatitis
  • Dry skin
  • Moles
  • Allergic eczema

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