Clinical Overview of Eczema/ Dermatitis. Rich Callahan MSPA, PA-C ICM I – Summer 2009. Eczema/Dermatitis. Eczema and dermatitis are two different words which essentially have the same meaning: Inflammation of the epidermis and dermis.
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Rich Callahan MSPA, PA-C
ICM I – Summer 2009
Croton oil, kerosene, gasoline, detergents of all kinds, cinnamic, sorbic and benzoic acids, insect stings, moths, nickel, polyethylene glycol, animal keratin (hairs.) Also includes many ingredients in common household and industrial products. Always suspect sizing chemicals in unwashed new clothing. This is but any tiny sample of the potential list.
Clinical Pearl: Topical antibiotics are common contact irritants! Approx. 1/10 of my patients have some sensitivity to neosporin and 1/20 to Bacitracin and Polysporin almost never. Confusing this with bacterial infection can lead to unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. Switch to straight vaseline when this happens.Just about any substance can cause contact dermatitis in the right individual, but here’s a short list of frequent culprits: