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Conditions

Dermatitis

Dermatitis

This is not a condition in itself, but rather a catch all term used to describe a number of conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. Conditions which dermatitis can cover include eczema, psoriasis and allergic reactions, as well as a number of very rare skin complaints. It is normally an initial diagnosis that is subsequently clarified after a visit to a dermatologist.

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Hi i got diagnosed with dermititus about 4 years ago. I work as a mechanic and only happens when i use latex gloves and when my hands get hot/stressed or some chemicals to do with my job. I now use nitrieal gloves or latex free gloves but still get syptonms where my hands itch really bad and my skin just peels off then i get small blisters on my fingers and hands that can be painful at times when bending my fingers. I have tried steriod creams and mosterisers which dont really seem to heal them but just mask the problem. My doctors just dont seem intrested to help me anymore, is there any other treatment or specail doctor i could see? Thank you for the help and sorry about the speling.





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Hiya I have the same condition as you but much more severe I get it on my hands and fingers and the sole of my feet. I get small bumps on my skin it then really itches and turns into blisters, very painful. You feel stiffness im your fingers and the skin gets very sore and it peels off and new skin comes through. Then the whole procedure starts again. I am allergic to rubber, so when I do touch or wear shoes with rubber it will trigger the illness to flair up. I have to use a steriod cream called dermovate cream I rub it sparingley all over my hands and fingers then i put pladgic gloves on my hands just normal plastic gloves what you use in the petrol stations and let the cream sweat into the skin. I normally do this at night and trust me do this at least 2x times and it really relives the skin and it heals do much quicker. Its not a cure but it helps and then you feel more in contol. I have had to live with this for 20 years now and its a common thing to have. You should get a allergy test done at your local hospital ask your doctor to refer you. All the best

Hello I am 23. I have suffered from dandruff/dermatitis I have had this since I was 16. I have had number of formulas that the doctors have giving me. But it is not going away and it itches like made all the time and I don't know what to do any more.





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Hi I started with little red spots on my fingers that turn into thick like yellow lumps on skin i have had it for almost a year now i have seen the doctor numerous times he has prescribed me all different creams the only one that worked was fucebet cream and all it did was take the redness away so it is till there and i have been using it for about a year now. I have also just been told i have perorial dermatitis around my eyes and on my chin. it is really getting me down my doctor just does not seem bothered and will not refer me to the hospital as he says its not severe enough! he has also prescribed 2 new creams one for the fingers call betnovate and for the perorial dermatitis on my face hydro cortisone cream. Please can you help me.





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I'm 18 I've had eczema nearly all over my body since the age of 5 please help me I feel like death is the only option left for comfort





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I have a sore red patch from above my pubic region up to my belly button which just seems to be getting worse, I have been to the doctors and was told it was a fungal infection and sweat rash and was prescribed hydrocortisone cream and various moisturisers. I've had this for nearly 2 years now and it's starts to get better then get worse again. I think most of the bumpiness now is scar tissue from excessive itching. I've also started getting scaly bumpy rashes appearing on my body which come and go. It drives me insane when it flares up and I wish I could just tear my skin off to get rid of it. I wake up itching in the night witch disturbs my partner and annoys myself. I'm fed up of going back and forth to my GP and being prescribed so many different creams and lotions which only ease my symptoms for a small amount of time. I have tried changing shower gels and detergents but they don't seem to be the cause. As far as I know I'm not allergic to any foods which could cause this. Is there anyone else being driven insane by someone like this ?





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I have lots of lumps on my wrists that have spread all over my hands and are going up my arm,they are getting bigger all the time as more come up next to others so they join up. I've tried a million creams including different steroids creams and moisturisers and it flares up every now and again and gets really bad. I also have dry patches on my elbows, palms and now my feet on top and bottom how can I get rid of this? Esp the lumps!





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I am 52 and have a rare condition, chronic actinic dermatitis.I was told that this condition may have occured as part of an immune deficiancy due to having a large amount of chemo and radiotherapy when i was 36 my lifestyle now is based around avoiding direct sunlight and using sunblocks even when it is overcast. winter time is not so bad because the uv level drop but can still cause the itching and discomfort later in the day.I ware appropriate clothing to try and protect myself but this becomes more difficult as the seasons change. The worst affected areas are the back of my hands and the bald area on my head. the hair that i do have protects the skin on my head to a degree which makes me think of a hair transplant to try and reduce the symptoms to help cope with this condition.





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I have had this dermatitis on my head and it is hard to treat, everything I have tried isn't working and it is constantly itching and it is sore. what do you suggest?





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I have an issue with what looks like eczema on my foot, using everything to try & make good, nothing's working! I had a burn in this area 20 years ago





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My hands , elbow and knees have suddenly developed a rash all over them. They have white and red lumps on them which are itchy and extremely sore to touch. I've had it a week and is progressively gotten worse causing my arm to go numb. It started on my hand then started to develop onto my elbow then knees.





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