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Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Inflammatory Skin Disease is a broad category that includes many conditions. Inflammatory skin diseases affect men, women, and children of all races.

Eczema

eczemaAlso known as Atopic Dermatitis, this disorder causes the skin to become dry, itchy and inflamed. There may be oozing or a crusted appearance.

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Eczema in School:

ANNOUNCING the School House Project
The ISDI is proud to announce the "The School House Project: Eczema in school" - a booklet which was developed to help teachers and school nurses help their students who suffer with eczema in school.  For more information please contact ISDI at 757-223-0795 or email [email protected].

eczemaThe Classroom
One of the first and most important steps to take when it comes to a child with eczema in school is open communication. Meet with the teacher(s), school nurse, guidance counselors and possibly even the principal to provide a better understanding of the disease and your child.

Eczema can be a difficult condition to handle in the classroom. The child with eczema may have periods of severe itching and scratching which may break their concentration. They may be on medication which may cause some drowsiness making classroom functions difficult.

Scratching
It is almost impossible for a child not to scratch. Due to the itch there may be long sleepless nights, which may lead to dysfunction in the classroom. Work with parents and school staff on the best ways to distract from scratching and classroom disruption. As a teacher, a casual walk or stand near the child with a gentle touch could be a kind reminder not to scratch.

Seating
The child with eczema should be seated away from windows and heating vents. A cotton pillowcase or towel to sit on will minimize irritation from plastic seats. This could be an option for all students so as not to cause the child with eczema to feel different.

Classroom Irritants
Certain conditions may cause sensitivity or flares. Classroom pets, shag carpet and dusty conditions may need to be avoided. Soap and detergent may also be an issue - this is why communication is imperative.

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Acne

acneAn inflammatory skin disease characterized by comedones, papules, pustules and inflamed nodules.

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Hives (also known as Urticaria)

hives utricariaHives is an outbreak of red bumps or patches called wheals on the skin. These bumps appear suddenly anywhere on the body and are usually accompanied with an intense itch. If hives are accompanied by dizziness, wheezing, difficulty breathing, tightness in chest, or swelling of the tongue, lips or face, seek immediate medical attention. These symptoms may be a sign of a serious (anaphylactic) reaction.

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Occupational Dermatitis

dermatitisOccupation refers to job related; dermatitis meaning inflammation of the skin. Occupational Dermatitis is often an inflammatory skin reaction caused by occupational contact factors.

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Poison Ivy

poison ivy An inflammatory allergic rash which develops after contact with the poisonous plant.

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Psoriasispsoriasis

An inflammatory skin disease characterized by dry pink scaling round patches.

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Pyoderma Gangrenosum

pyoderma gangrenosumAn uncommon condition characterized by ulcers that start as pustules at a trauma site. Patients with PG may have involvement
of other organs such as the heart, central nervous system, GI tract, eye, liver, spleen, bone and lymph nodes.

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Rosacea

rosaceaAn inflammatory skin disease characterized by flushing and redness appearing in the central area of the face. Pimples and Pustules may appear.

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