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Entries from September 2007

Dyshidrotic eczema (pompholyx)

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Dyshidrotic eczema (otherwise known as pompholyx) is a term used by some to describe a specific disease, i.e. Dyshidrotic eczema, while others use the term to describe a specific clinical picture that can have more than one cause. In the rest of this article I will take the latter view, i.e. that Dyshidrotic eczema is [...]

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Seborrheic dermatitis

September 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Seborrheic dermatitis/eczema is a form of eczema that can appear only on certain parts of the body. The appearance of the rash varies depending on the area of the body that is involved. On the scalp the rash typically appears red and scaly, whereas in the skin folds the rash is typically devoid of scale [...]

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Perioral-nasal-ocular dermatitis

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Perioral-nasal-ocular dermatitis a type of dermatitis that occurs only around the mouth, nose and eyes. It does not have to be present in all of the areas at the same time. Some people believe that Perioral-nasal-ocular dermatitis does in fact not exist and that people that fit the clinical picture of Peri-ral-nasal-ocular dermatitis are in [...]

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Nummular eczema

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

The word nummular derives from the Latin word nummulus. Nummulus is the diminutive of the word nummus, that means “coin”. Therefore, nummular eczema refers to a type of eczema that presents with coin-shaped (round) areas of eczema. Nummular eczema is also referred to as discoid eczema.
Most patients with Nummular eczema presents with 1-3cm round patches [...]

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Seborrheic dermatitis treatment

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

It is important to realise that the treatment of Seborrheic dermatitis is aimed at control of the disease and not at cure. The reason for that is simply that there are no known cures for Seborrheic dermatitis. That off course does not mean that you will be suffering from Seborrheic dermatitis indefinitely. The disease can [...]

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Perioral dermatitis treatment

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Perioral-nasal-ocular dermatitis (PONOD) is associated with the use of various types of creams on the facial area. Most patients with Perioral-nasal-ocular dermatitis are using multiple different types of cosmetic and medicinal creams. The use of corticosteroid containing creams over extended periods are especially strongly linked to the development of Perioral-nasal-ocular dermatitis.One of the most important [...]

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Tacrolimus (Protopic)

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Tacrolimus (Protopic) is an immunosuppressant produced by the fungus Streptomyces tsukubaensis. Fujisawa laboratories discovered Tacrolimus in 1984. The first publications of experimental data appeared in 1987 and clinical trials started in 1989. Topical Tacrolimus become available for prescription around 1999.
Tacrolimus is available as an ointment, an intravenous infusion and in 1mg and 5mg capsules. The [...]

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Pimecrolimus (Elidel)

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Pimecrolimus (Elidel) is an immunosuppressant derived from Ascomycin. Ascomycin is produced by the fungus Streptomyces hygroscopicus. Topical Pimecrolimus (Elidel) become available for prescription around 2001.
Pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream comes in one strength (1%) and is available in 30g, 60g and 100g tubes. The most important use for Pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream is to treat Atopic Dermatitis. The [...]

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Diaper Dermatitis. What causes it?

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

The term Diaper Dermatitis refers to a red rash in the nappy area. Diaper Dermatitis is also known by the following synonymous terms: Napkin dermatitis, Irritant diaper dermatitis, Diaper rash, Nappy rash and Diaper eczema.
It is important to realize that Diaper Dermatitis is not a specific diagnosis, but simply refers to a red rash in [...]

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Corticosteroid creams. How to use them correctly.

September 26th, 2007 · No Comments

This article is especially applicable to Atopic Dermatitis, but you can follow these general rules for any form of dermatitis.
Always use the lowest potency corticosteroid application at the lowest frequency of application that will just control your eczema.
So how do I find the correct potency of corticosteroid and correct frequency of application?

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