The Basics of Subacute Spongiotic Dermatitis

Though the name is quite long, subacute spongiotic dermatitis is more common than you might think. In fact, this condition is one that revolves around one of the basic human irritations: skin rashes. However, the difference is that subacute spongiotic dermatitis is something that can affect a person on and off for their entire lives. The following are some basics about subacute spongiotic dermatitis.

Basically, there are two types of the skin condition: chronic spongiotic dermatitis and subacute spongiotic dermatitis. Each condition is treated the same way: the difference lies in the size of the blisters or the vesicles. The skin irritations can be hereditary. Thus, if you have the condition and plan to have children, you should be on the lookout for it. What can seem like a normal diaper rash can in fact be the first outbreak of subacute spongiotic dermatitis.

Subacute spongiotic dermatitis generally starts with itching. Soon, a rash will develop: beginning as a pink welt and becoming darker with time. If left untreated, the area can deepen so that it appears dark purple or even black in color. If a person itches for a long time, scarring can occur. Additionally, with particularly bad breakouts or if the area is not dealt with, the rash can blister and can even ooze and crust over. Along with the itching and discolorment, the area can be quite painful, especially when in contact with clothing or diapers.

Subacute spongiotic dermatitis is hereditary, but there are other causes behind the breakouts or rashes that come with the condition. Often, a person will have specific triggers for the condition. Some people can be triggered by foods whereas others will suffer a rash simply by sweating too much or coming into contact with pollen. If a person keeps an eye on their outbreaks, they can learn what their triggers are and how to stay away from them or minimize the effects.

Treatment for subacute spongiotic dermatitis is pretty basic: one applies lotions or creams to the affected area. At first, one will start with menthol-based lotions or creams. If you get the rash early on, this should do the trick. However, if the subacute spongiotic dermatitis outbreak is more serious, a doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid cream to help deal with the area.

Prevention is also important for subacute spongiotic dermatitis. Not only should a person stay away from their known triggers but also from chemically altered food. Additionally, Vitamin A tablets have been known to ease rashes or prevent them.


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