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By Paul K. Buxton

This can be an creation to dermatology that assumes a normal realizing of medication, yet no expert wisdom. The publication offers the fundamental center of data to which extra precise info will be additional. it may be used for reference via basic practitioners and medical professionals in different specialties. The dialogue of universal stipulations ahead of introducing extra advanced ailments makes it very appropriate for instructing scientific and nursing scholars.

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The best we can do therefore is to recognise the common types of erythema and list the possible causes. It is then a matter of deciding on the most likely underlying condition or group of conditions—for example, bacterial infection or autoimmune systemic disease. Morphology and distribution Because there can be the same cause for a variety of erythematous rashes detailed descriptions are of limited use. None the less, there are some characteristic patterns. Morbilliform The presentation of measles is well known, with the appearance of Koplik’s spots on the mucosa, photophobia with conjunctivitis, and red macules behind the ears, spreading to the face, trunk, and limbs.

The oral mucosa may be affected. The condition is usually benign. Dermatitis herpetiformis Dermatitis herpetiformis Dermatitis herpetiformis Dermatitis herpetiformis occurs in early and middle adult life and is characterised by symmetrical, intensely itching vesicles on the trunk and extensor surfaces. The vesicles are superficial. The onset is gradual, but may occur rapidly. The distribution is shown in the diagram. Variants of dermatitis herpetiformis are larger blisters forming bullae and erythematous papules and vesicles.

It is important to ascertain exactly what an individual’s job entails; for example, a worker in a plastics factory had severe hand dermatitis but the only positive result on patch testing was to nickel. On visiting the factory it became clear that the cause was a nickel plated handle that he used several thousand times a day and not the plastic components that the machine was making. It is also important to assess the working environment because exposure to damp and irritants (for example, on an oil rig or in a coal mine) can irritate the skin.

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