Skin Disorders

Topics: Immune system, Asthma, Inflammation Pages: 3 (1057 words) Published: April 27, 2007
Skin Disorders
I chose my topic because I have a skin condition, and I thought it might be a good idea to research different skin disorders. I have eczema on my foot and it was a very irritable skin disorder to go through. But thanks to the miracle of modern day medicine, all I'm left with is a scar and it is barely noticeable. Since that's my skin disorder I will begin with eczema and work my way down to pressure sores. Eczema is a term used to describe itchy, red inflammation of the skin with oozing of fluid and crusting, which doctors also describe as atopic dermatitis. People who have eczema usually have a family history of asthma, hay fever and atopic dermatitis (eczema). 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. Some people who have eczema also have asthma or hay fever. Eczema is an inherited disease in which part of the immune system is over active. People with eczema can be shown to have multiple allergies on skin and prick testing, particularly to house dust mite, pollens and certain foods. Psychological stresses can provoke or aggravate dermatitis, presumably by suppressing normal immune mechanisms. Certain occupations such as farming, hairdressing, domestic and industrial cleaning, domestic duties and care giving expose the skin to various irritants and sometimes allergens. This aggravates atopic dermatitis. Scabies is a contagious mite infection of the skin. Scabies is caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a parasite mite. Scabies mites live on human blood and need the warmth of the human body to survive. Away from the body, they die within 48 hours. Scabies is spread from person to person mainly by prolonged (several minutes) direct skin-to-skin contact, such as touching a person who has scabies. In rare cases, scabies can spread by contact with clothes, towels, bedding, and other personal items that were recently in contact with an infected...

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