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Psoriasiform Spongiotic Dermatitis

Written by Megan Kinder [email protected]

Many people that discuss the topic of Psoriasiform Spongiotic Dermatitis commonly refer to it as 'Acute eczema' - a chronic skin condition that typically affects the skin on and around the abdominal and chest areas. It is common for other areas such as the buttocks to be affected. Unlike a lot of other skin conditions which usually affect the head and scalp it is unusual for this type of dermatitis to affect this area of the body.

This particular dermatitis is usually contracted by the sufferer at a relatively young age and babies quite often start to show symptoms similar to diaper rash. It is a known fact that males are three times more likely to contract this type of skin condition than females.

Typically spongiotic dermatitis initially manifests as a severe bout of itchiness and after a while a rash often appears. Doctors believe the most common cause of this skins condition is as a result of an allergic reaction, whether from allergies to certain insect bites, food allergies, or reactions to particular drugs and other types of medication.


What Are The Symptoms to Look For to Identify Psoriasiform Spongiotic Dermatitis?

The most common symptom of Spongiotic dermatitis is the formation of a skin rash. This rash initially appears on the sufferer's abdomen and chest and sometimes buttocks areas and is typically red in color. As the condition progresses and worsens the rash can turn a darker color and if left untreated the rash can actually appear to turn black in color.

If the spongiotic dermatitis condition does not get treated effectively the rash may develop into a welt and the affected skin can become quite rough and crusty in appearance. Often the rash can weep and ooze fluid which further irritates the affected skin making subsequent treatment more difficult and time consuming.

Spongiotic dermatitis is a condition where sufferers have an outbreak due to a trigger. The trigger is often difficult to determine, and it may take a long time of trial and error to figure out what it is. If you have spongiotic dermatitis, it is important to start monitoring the substances you come into contact with, so you can start to identify and eliminate possible triggers via biopsy tests. The condition is also believed to be hereditary.

Treatment of Psoriasiform Spongiotic Dermatitis

There is no known cure for psoriasiform dermatitis, but there are treatments that can help to control the symptoms. These include topical corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, phototherapy, and systemic therapies.

After your doctor has diagnosed you with spongiotic dermatitis, your treatment will most likely start with a course of specialized creams and lotions. The initial lotions will be menthol-based, and you will need to apply them directly onto the rash. If you do not show signs of improvement using the menthol lotions, it is likely that you will need to use a stronger prescription cream, such as a corticosteroid. This can help relieve itching and reduce welts and rash.

Diet changes can help control dermatitis outbreaks, and taking vitamin A may slow or stop further rash development. If you have a chronic case, you may be prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs like prednisone. If the sufferer is currently pregnant or is breastfeeding they should alert their doctor so that any drugs prescribed do not harm the unborn child or nursing infant.

Foods to Avoid if you are prone to Psoriasiform Spongiotic Dermatitis

  • foods that are high in sugars
  • packaged deli meats
  • microwavable dinners
  • canned fruits and vegetables

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