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I've developed a rash recently and I don't know if it's eczema or just a skin allergy. I changed detergents recently. Does this have anything to do with my rash?
In its most fundamental meaning, "eczema" is simply a type of skin inflammation. Collectively, skin inflammations resulting from allergies or physical contact are referred to as "dermatitis." While the name may sound serious, dermatitis can range from mild-a small patch of flaking, dry skin-to severe-rashes that can be painful and cause cracks in the skin.
When we use the term "eczema," we commonly conflate the condition with atopic dermatitis, which doctors believe is an autoimmune-related disorder that causes a chronic itchy rash. However, if your rash only appeared recently, it's highly unlikely that you are experiencing atopic eczema. Atopic eczema is a hereditary disorder that most often affects people in childhood and can either worsen or improve as they age.
A more recent, first-time rash is more ...
Education is a wonderful thing, but too much knowledge can be frightening. Back in the days when no one had heard of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), a red spot on the breast that looked like a bug bite didn't worry anyone. Of course, some women died because they didn't check with their doctors, but most of the time that bug bite cleared up in a few days.
Now many women have seen a TV news story about IBC in which two patients described their initial symptoms as looking like bug bites, and they write or call in panic afraid they have cancer. I talked to one frightened woman on a toll-free IBC line where I volunteer from time to time. As we talked, it turned out that she had just returned from a camping trip and had mosquito bites on her breast.
Others have Googled a description of their rash and gotten hits for breast cancer along with a world of panic. The breasts are subject to all kinds of rashes, most of which are not dangerous, so how can you tell what you have and when to c...
Did you know the largest internal organ of the body is the liver? But the overall largest organ of the body is the skin. It’s no wonder the skin is involved with so many aspects of diseases: rash, itching, fever, external bleeding, swelling, pallor (turning pale), and cyanosis (turning blue). Doctors look for signs of hundreds of diseases by examining the organ that is most accessible, the skin.
Often the skin is our first line of defense against adverse conditions such as hot and cold temperatures, external trauma (for example falling on hard ground) and harmful rays of the sun. We are protected from a myriad of germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) by having a finely woven coat of armor, our skin.
Unfortunately certain substances, after contacting the skin, may cause a break down in protective barrier forces. This may be followed by inflammation and a skin eruption (rash) that signals the development of contact dermatitis (CD) .
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