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  • WHAT IS HAND DERMATITIS?

    Quite simply, hand dermatitis or eczema is a rash or inflammation of the hands. Atopic dermatitis is inherited while contact dermatitis occurs from repeated and prolonged exposure to irritants. Atopic dermatitis is more prevalent in people with allergies or sensitive skin but can occur in anyone. Symptoms for both types of dermatitis include dry, cracked, raw, inflamed and painful hands.

  • WHAT CAN TRIGGER HAND DERMATITIS?

    Both atopic and contact dermatitis can be triggered or worsened by a variety of factors including: exposure to irritants like soaps, detergents, fragrance, water, raw foods or solvents, temperature or humidity changes, or stress.

  • HOW CAN I HELP MY HANDS CLEAR UP?

    Severe dermatitis can take several weeks to clear up. Your hands will remain susceptible. Unless you take the necessary precautions to treat your hand dermatitis, it can recur.

  • HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY HANDS?

    Avoid high lather soaps that strip lipids and use the effective low lather Lubrex® Cleanser to gently remove soil and contaminants. Lubricate your hands with Lubrex® Cream after washing and at least four times daily to nourish your hands and reduce moisture loss. Avoid regular soaps and moisturizers containing the irritants: sodium laurel sulfate and propylene glycol.

  • WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY HANDS?

    Use Allerderm® Protective Gloves to avoid everyday irritants instead of ordinary gloves that contain latex, powder, or chemicals, all of which can cause hand eczema flare-ups.

  • WHAT IS PSORIASIS?

    It is a chronic illness of the skin that produces scaly, augmented and inflamed lesions that affects equally to both sexes. The extension of affected skin varies from person to person.

  • IS IT CONTAGIOUS?

    No, the psoriasis is not contagious. One cannot acquire it by touching the polluted plaques.

  • IS IT HEREDITARY?

    The psoriasis appearance supposes a genetic bias, since a third of infected people has family background. It is believed that besides the inheritance other breaking out factors influence.

  • IS IT CAUSED BY EMOTIONAL FACTORS?

    It doesn´t exist evidences that the causes are due by nervous or psychological kind. However, the stress situations, the family, work or study difficulties can influence. An infectious focus can also worsen it.

  • HOW MUCH PEOPLE DO SUFFER IT?

    It is considered that it affects around 3% of the world population.

  • AT WHAT AGE DOES THE PSORIASIS APPEAR?

    Generally the type I appears between the 15 and 35 years old, but sometimes it can be presented in the childhood, and the type II from 35 to 70 years.

  • WHAT DOES IT WORSEN TO THE PSORIASIS?

    A psoriasis outbreak can be produced by a traumatism (wounded, blows, solar burns...), the psychological STRESS, hormonal changes (menstruation, pregnancy, menopause...), skin infectious processes of breathing ways and certain drugs contraindicated as: litio salts, Ainex (indometacina), chloroquina, interferon alpha, blocking beta and those antagonist of calcium. In some people the hormonal changes can cause improvements but the excess of alcohol and weight harm as well as the consumption of irritating and very seasoned foods. Also the environmental conditions (extreme temperatures, cement powder, etc.) can aggravating the affected person’ state.

  • WHAT LAYERS IS THE SKIN COMPOUND FROM?

    The skin is formed by a fine external layer, the epidermis, and a resistant and flexible internal layer, the dermis. The epidermis is formed by some dead and flattened cells that are continually being detached in the course of all our activities in a process that almost lasts one month. The epidermis bottom (bases) is formed by alive cells that are going to dye to replace those other that are produced in the surface. The dermis, on the other hand, is only formed by alive cells and small blood vessels (capillary) that feed the skin, and nervous ends through which we feel.

  • WHAT DOES IT HAPPEN IN THE PSORIASIS PLAQUES?

    Basically, the skin is thicker in the lesions due to the great increase of the cells number of the epidermis. The renovation of the skin external (epidermis) takes place in 4 days, instead of the 28 to 30 habitual days (quicker seven times). For this reason they are accumulated the skin layers or dead cells that are produced as flakes, the skin cells don´t ripen and don´t protect appropriately, getting lost humidity due to the lesions. The capillary are thicker and longer than in the normal skin. These are tangled on themselves and the blood flows more plentifully, reason by which the plaques become reddened, the skin becomes inflamed and the cell number of the immune system increases.

  • IS THE PSORIASIS SERIOUS?

    In most of the cases the answer is NOT. The patients can be treated as ambulatory and others don´t require treatment. In some cases serious forms of psoriasis that require the entrance to a hospital centre temporarily can take place. It is considered that from 5 to 10% of those affected develop psoriatic arthritis that should be specifically treated with a specialist (rheumatologist).

  • WHAT DOES IT ORIGINATE THE PSORIASIS?

    The cause is not known, however, every day the processes that happen at cellular level in the skin lesions advance more and more. The psoriasis research is benefited with the treatments developed for other illnesses, as the cancer.

  • DOES A DEFINITIVE CURE EXIST?

    No. It does not exist up to nowadays, but the treatments to whiten the lesions are effective. The psoriasis requires perseverance and, in many occasions, several treatments are alternated or combined. It can disappear for long seasons and in some cases for many years.

  • DOES IT HARM IN THE WORK?

    In most of the cases the answer is NOT. Some affected, for the graveness or the evidence of the lesions, can be harmed in concrete cases. Unfortunately, legal dispositions that discriminate against the access to certain public employments also exist and this should be modified.

  • IF I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE PSORIASIS, WHAT CAN I DO?

    Consulting with the skin specialist (dermatologist), to establish the diagnosis and to be informed appropriately, besides planning with the specialist a treatment with periodic checks. Likewise, there exist some factors that can help the illness be less severe as the sunlight and the exercise (walking outdoors) since the STRESS control is very important, together with the consumption of a healthy feeding as fish, fruits and vegetables that facilitate the digestion and the good work of the intestinal tract. You should not consume liquor, sausages, pig meats or seasoned foods. The treatments are long and the perseverance should be kept. Use a moisturizing and anti-inflammatory cream daily. Affiliate to an association of people affected by psoriasis.