Atopic Dermatitis

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Definition

Atopic Dermatitis involves the parts of the body which is not in direct contact with the allergen and it is considered as an allergic hypersensitivity. It is a skin disorder distinguished by constant swelling and pruritis. Usually it is congenital and related with allergic rhinitis and asthma.

Symptoms and Signs

Vasoconstriction and intensifies pruritus results from rubbing the skin and causes weeping cuts and erythematous. The lesions that resulted from this, becomes lichenified and scaly. The parts where it occurs are usually in the areas of extension and flexion like the neck, popliteal folds, antecubital fossa and at the back of the ears. Individuals affected by Atopic Dermatitis are prone to abnormally severe viral infections, fungal and bacterial infections in the skin, visual complexities and allergic contact dermatitis.

Causes

The main cause of atopic dermatitis is still not known. Nonetheless, numerous speculations try to clarify its pathogenesis. One of the speculations suggests that fundamental metabolically or bio-chemically stimulated skin disorder which is hereditarily related to high serum immunoglobulin (Ig) E levels. A defective T-cell function is what the other theories indicate. Aggravating features of atopic dermatitis involve infections, irritants and other allergens. Though no supported connection exist among contact to inhalant allergens (like house dust) and atopic dermatitis contact with food allergens like soybeans can cause outbreak of atopic dermatitis.

Complications

The known complications of Atopic Dermatitis: Nail pitting Eosinophilia - an unusual raise in the eosinophils in the blood Koebner phenomenon Pruritus - feeling of itch Dry skin Onycholysis - disconnection of a nail from its usual connection to the nail bed. Alopecia - a variety of hair loss or balding. Ichthyosis - roughness or skin scaliness Intraepidermal sweltering Keratoconus - unusual degenerative disorder of the eye where the corneas of the eye become progressively thinner and cone-shaped that affects vision

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