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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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If your child is suffering from eczema, psoriasis or an allergic reaction, then read our condition guides especially for parents on the Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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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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I have recently developed a rash all over my hands mainly on the palms. The main problem I have is that the skin on my fingertips keeps on splitting and it is extremely painful. I have been to my doctor but I don't think she knows what it is. She said she thought it was viral and it would heal on it's own. It has gone on too long for that I think and I have tried all sorts of creams and ointments containing cortisone as well as a steroid cream. I have seen on the Internet photos of my condition but nobody seems to have a cure for it. I have ordered some vitamin A & D ointment to try as this was suggested by a doctor. I was wondering if you had any other ideas to help my condition. It is very painful. Thank you, Alex





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Hi I'm 32 years old and for the past 2-4 years I have been applying Protopic 0.03% to my penis when needed. My GP reckons it could be dermatitis. I find it embarrassing and it is affecting my sex life. Should the cream solve this problem or is it there for life when I need to apply the cream the skin is red with like flakey skin and if I'm showering when it is inflamed it feels like a burning sencession and can be itchy at night when the cream is on. Can anyone help with what it actually is or even relate to it??





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I'll put in a bit of back story with this 'cus it might help me get an idea of what's going on. I've been working in a pub kitchen for two years washing plates and as you can imagine I get very wet from doing so. Since the sink was the same hight my groin area was constantly soaked - even through the provided apron. In the last eight months or so I have developed a rash in this area. I know that it isn't dermatitis because I have this on my hands already and it's a completely different kind of itching sensation. At times it gets so itchy that the skin becomes inflamed, but I can't stop scratching as otherwise I am unable to concentrate on anything. I particularly get itchy at night time and occasionally I can see small, reddish spots, which leads me to believe that it could possibly be scabies. I also get stinging sensations throughout the day which become extremely uncomfortable - especially when showering if my skin is inflamed at the time. I know that it is not eczema because I have previously suffered from this on my legs. Is there possibly any link between my job and contracting scabies (if that's what it is)? I am fully aware that to contract scabies there is required skin contact with an infected person, and I can confirm that I do NOT make contact with people in general simply because of personal reasons - I am also a virgin so there is definitely no chance of me contracting it sexually.





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I have recently got an infection all around my pubic area I went to the doctors and they though it was jock itch that got infected in to an ingrown hair eventually with some creams it went but now I'm left with pick scares all round my pubic area and it looks very bad how can I get them to go or at least make them less visible?





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I am 28 years old female and I am writing in regards to an itch around the vulva and clitoris that has not gone away since March. I first visited the GUM clinic as I wasn't sure what I had but results came back clear for thrush as well as any STDs. The week after I visited my GP where they prescribed me with various treatments (pessary, oral tablet and creams)to treat thrush and was told to come back. I eventually got a referral to see a gynecologist and to my surprise, he didnt know what was wrong with me either. He said that everything seemed fine. I have been given so many different ointment and creams as well as tried using antihistamine tablets. I have gone through every precautions that will help relieve the itch but nothing has worked. Please can you help? I haven't managed to get any sleep as its worst during the night and I don't know who else to turn to. It has gotten to the point where I scratch myself until I bleed. Please help!





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i am in desperate help for my wife, As she been back and forward to the doctors for over 2 years, and seen 3 difference dermatology and they said it is seborrhoeic dermatitis on her face. Try no ends of antifungal creams and shampoo + steroid creams and antifungel tablets but nothing help. It has made my wife very ill and won't even go out of the house. Been house bound for the last 6mths or more. Is under the mental health team but they can't even help her because she has a heart valve. she tried taking there pill but make her heart race. Need some urgent help as my wife keep saying she can't live like this much longer. She say her face is on fire most of the time but don't even have a tempture. her face keep on coming out in rashes and swats a lot. All the doctor but it down to is my wife is very anxious. This can not be right. would please ask someone to help before its to late.





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I have a skin rash under my breast. have been given tablets for yeast but they didn't work. Then given Betnovate cream, the rash cleared up in a week time. After stopping applying the cream the rash came back. I have been using it for a month and the rash didn't clear up. Went back to GP who now also gave me Epaderm cream. Was told that I have a skin allergy and probably have to use for the rest of my life. Have been given repeat prescription for both. Would like a second opinion.





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