Dermatitis - Integumentary System Dermatitis(Inflammation of the Skin Dermatitis affects about one in every five people at some time in their lives

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Integumentary System Dermatitis (Inflammation of the Skin) * 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 * Dermatitis can be "acute" or "chronic" or both * Acute eczema refers to a rapidly evolving red rash which may be blistered and swollen. * Chronic dermatitis refers to a longstanding irritable area. It is often darker than the surrounding skin, thickened (lichenified) and much scratched. * Appears to be contributable to an abnormal response of the body’s immune system Irritant contact dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis * Allergic contact dermatitis is an itchy skin condition caused by an allergic reaction to material in contact with the skin. It arises some hours after contact with the responsible material, and settles down over some days providing the skin is no longer in contact with it. * Contact dermatitis should be distinguished from contact urticaria
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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Dermatitis - Integumentary System Dermatitis(Inflammation of the Skin Dermatitis affects about one in every five people at some time in their lives

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