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Dermatitis

Introduction
302 products address a variety of visible dermatitis issues that arise in the course of daily practice and may be used solely or as adjunct to antibiotics.  302 has very effective anti-itching solutions in Calming Mist and the more intensive Recovery Mist Rx.  As a general rule, 302 success depends on tolerance. The better tolerated the product or regime, the greater likelihood of visible resolution.

Varieties of Dermatitis Addressed Below:

• Dermatitis Espongiotica
• Acute and Sub-Acute Spongiotic Dermatitis
• Seborrheic Dermatitis
• Contact Dermatitis
• Dermatitis On Fingers
• Radiation Dermatitis Treatment
• Atrophic Dermatitis (Eczema)
• Psoriasis


Dermatitis Espongiotica

Dermatitis Espongiotica is one of the most common forms of dermatitis. It is often  confused with other skin conditions particularly psoriasis and eczema but in reality it has quite different symptoms and subsequent treatments.

There are many signs that a person is suffering from Dermatitis Espongiotica and these include the skin being red and dry. The skin is often very itchy and then can begin to crack and blister. Dermatitis Espongiotica is not a contagious condition but it is believed to be a genetic condition and therefore is considered by the medical profession to be a chronic skin condition. Severe sufferers of the condition often have outbreaks which initially appear as small lumps similar to insect bites. Often these lumps contain fluid and can resemble blisters. Dermatitis Espongiotica is a skin condition which can often flare up and then quickly disappear without any warning and because of this it can make the diagnosis of the condition very difficult.

Sufferers of Dermatitis Espongiotica generally experience outbreaks in specific parts of the body particularly the knee caps, elbows, buttocks and around the shoulder blades.

302 Regime: Dermatitis Espongiotica

Be certain to patch test all products

Cleanse with Face & Body Bar

Provide Recovery Mist Rx for itching, use as needed.

Provide Ointment Rx to aid healing affected areas; apply twice daily.
 

Acute and Sub-Acute Spongiotic Dermatitis


Acute and Subacute Spongiotic Dermatitis are both forms of eczema or dermatitis. The word spongiotic means ‘little blisters’ which is what is the foundation in all cases of eczema. Acute and subacute spongiotic dermatitis are one among the most commonly diagnosed general types of dermatitis or eczema. It is chronic and hereditary.

Due to excessive itching, the acute and subacute spongiotic dermatitis sufferers can quite often have scarring on the affected areas, which on occasions will remain for life. The inflammation and itching can be minimized by the use of Recovery Mist Rx and 302 Rosacea Drops as preferred. This is definitely recommended, not only for the comfort of the sufferer, but as a way to minimize the amount of future scarring.

The size of the vesicles developed by intercellular edema define the difference between acute and subacute spongiotic dermatitis. The subacute spongiotic dermatitis has smaller vesicles compared to the acute spongiotic dermatitis. Another difference between the two is the epidermal acanthosis. In the subacute spongiotic dermatitis there is greater acanthosis of the epidermis, compared to the acute type of dermatitis where it is just slight.

Allergens and other factors essentially act as a trigger that flares up the dermatitis. People who have dermatitis tend to have skin which, when exposed to these situations, will become aggravated very easily. The irritants are usually chemical elements that may be present in the environment, or may be unsuspectingly used by the individual. These can include perfumes, solvents, alcohol, smoke, dust and alcohol based products and many others.

The conditions can be triggered by allergens that the individual is sensitive to. These could readily trigger both acute and subacute spongiotic dermatitis if the individual is not aware of his reaction to the food, beverage or medication. Sometimes, for people with photosensitive skin, the UVA and UVB rays produced by the sun can induce a flare up.

Climate changes, hormonal swings and stress of any kind are all known factors that can trigger a flare up of acute and subacute spongiotic dermatitis. Most of us live in a very toxic environment with all the chemically enhanced beauty products, cleaning products and pollutants that have become a part of our every day lives. For this reason people who suffer from acute and subacute spongiotic dermatitis should take extra care to avoid chemically enhanced products, environments and foods that are a known source of irritation. In the case of this skin disorder, prevention is most definitely better than cure.


302 Regime: Acute and Sub-Acute Spongiotic Dermatitis

Be certain to patch test all products

Provide Face & Body Bar for the body, Sensitive Cleanser for the face.

Provide Recovery Mist Rx for itching as needed

Provide 302 Rosacea Drops. Apply once daily, follow application directions.


Seborrheic Dermatitis (Treatment and Prevention)


Seborrheic dermatitis is a papulosquamous disorder which is patterned mainly in the sebum rich areas of the skin. The initial symptoms of this condition can be found on the scalp and inner ear, and can be identified as a slight inflammation which in time becomes dry and has the appearance of flaky types scales.

Seborrheic dermatitis is particularly common in babies and infants. The doctors will usually advise the patients about the various seborrheic dermatitis treatments and prevention methods that are available to manage and control the skin condition.

As with many dermatitis conditions the core cause of  seborrheic dermatitis is still unknown, although it has been established that it is genetic. Seborrheic dermatitis treatments and prevention are the only options available at this time until the cause of this disorder is established. There are a number of factors that will trigger a worsening of seborrheic dermatitis including the level of hair cleanliness, stress, climate change, obesity and some skin disorders. The dry, flaky skin can occur in on various parts of the trunk, but most commonly on sections of the head.

Common symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are patches of dry skin, flakes or scales, itchiness, lesions, greasy or oily areas of skin, slight redness and sometimes hair loss may occur. In some cases the affected individual may even find his eyebrows, chin and nose creases filled with dry flaky skin, resembling dandruff, during stressful times or sudden changes in the weather. Other creases in the body, especially in the torso region, may also develop flaky scales.

Conventional treatment and prevention are just control and management of the skin condition. As the scalp is the most common area that people develop this condition, the use of medicated shampoos that contain a mild ketoconazole and a mild corticosteroid cream or mousse are usually recommended for adults. In the case of infants, the cradle cap is treated with a mild shampoo and in some cases the application of a mild corticosteroid cream.


302 Regime: Seborrheic Dermatitis

Be certain to patch test all products

Provide Oily/Combination Cleanser and follow directions.

Provide Calming Mist for itching.

For intractable cases, provide 302 Serum after cleansing and leave on scalp, once daily.


Contact Dermatitis


Contact dermatitis is a common medical condition that occurs when the skin reacts badly from being exposed to allergens or even irritants and which then generally results in phototoxic dermatitis (sun sensitivity). The allergens or irritants are activated by the sunlight. Other known causes are reactions to topical products and even perfumes.

Contact dermatitis produces a rash or other irritation on the skin as a result of contact with foreign substances. What ensues is inflammation where the skin is affected, especially the top and under layers of skin. Clients or patients experience a burning sensation accompanied by itchiness.

It is highly likely that even with an effective treatment the symptoms of burning and itchiness may well take more than just a few days or even weeks before it is healed.

Now that you know what Contact Dermatitis is and its causes and symptoms it is important that you educate your clients on avoiding it - always patch test any topical product for 24 hours to ensure no reaction.

Advise that it is important never to share makeup or makeup applicators with anyone. Always consider using makeup applicators that are disposable, but if this is not a viable proposition then make sure that the reusable applicators are cleaned thoroughly after use.

Advise to test perfumes on clothes before skin to ensure no negative reactions.

Prevention is a much better alternative than having to undergo a course of treatment.


302 Regime: Contact Dermatitis

Be certain to patch test all products

Provide Sensitive Cleanser for the face and Face & Body Bar for the body. Wash once daily with each.

Provide Recovery Mist Rx for itching.

Provide Ointment Rx to spot treat local rash areas.

 
Dermatitis On Fingers


The vast majority of dermatitis sufferers have the condition usually on their feet, face and body. Some have dermatitis on their fingers, which is an extremely awkward place to have the condition. The cold winter and cool autumn seasons are typically when dermatitis on fingers usually flares up and becomes most painful.

Often a person suffering with dermatitis on their fingers cannot wear gloves because it is too painful so their hands are usually exposed to the elements. The severity of the condition varies between sufferers with some experiencing only mild cases and others suffering some quite horrific and painful episodes.

Dermatitis on fingers can be triggered by other factors besides cold weather - harsh substances such as harmful detergents, soaps, chemicals, water, solvents, and others compounds can certainly contribute to the severity of this skin condition.

Dermatitis on finger joints is also commonly known as hand eczema and people who are prone to it may have the family history of having atopic dermatitis (eczema), asthma, or even hay fever.

Dermatitis on the hands and fingers usually causes the skin to be extremely dry and scaly. If the condition is not attended to then the dermatitis can cause the skin to swell and crack. This, in the longer term, can cause rashes, boils and even blisters.

Conventional approaches to this include treating the affected area with special Cortisone based formulations. Sometimes petroleum jelly like Vaseline® is used to coat the affected area in an attempt to stop the condition spreading.

As is the case with any other type of dermatitis and similar skin ailment like eczema it is important that the sufferer does not scratch the area. By scratching the skin it can cause the condition to worsen and spread and often results in further infections making the treatment of the dermatitis and other infections much harder and prolonged.


302 Regime: Dermatitis On Fingers

Be certain to patch test all products

Provide Face & Body Bar for cleansing.

Provide Recovery Mist Rx for itching, use as needed.

Provide Ointment Rx twice per day.

  
Radiation Dermatitis Treatment


There are many different forms of dermatitis and the treatments provided are more or less successful in managing the problem.

In some cases, when nothing seems to alleviate the condition, the physician resorts to radiation treatments.  Radiation dermatitis treatment can be very effective in treating the very severe cases of dermatitis, but it comes at a price. A course of radiation dermatitis treatment is very expensive and results in radiation fibrosis, an inflammatory condition of excessive crosslinking that causes scarring of the skin and other tissues.

In these instances, it will be very helpful to prepare the skin at least 30 days prior to radiation treatment with 302 Drops or 302 Serum


302 Regime: Radiation Dermatitis Treatment
Be certain to patch test all products

Pre-Radiation Treatment

Body:
Wash with Face & Body Bar OR Sensitive Cleanser; use Recovery Mist Rx for itching and apply 302 Serum to affected areas, once per day.

Face:
Wash with Sensitive Cleanser; use Recovery Mist Rx for itching and apply 302 Rosacea Drops to affected areas, once per day.

Post-Radiation Treatment

Body:
Continue regime

Face:
Continue regime, move from 302 Rosacea Drops to 302 Drops OR 302 Serum as soon as either is well tolerated.


Atrophic Dermatitis (Eczema)


Eczema is a terrible condition for those that suffer from it and to make matters worse medical science still doesn’t fully understand what triggers the condition; the genetic link remains to be proved. Irrespective of the cause, sufferers all have one thing in common; dry, itchy red skin. In serious cases the skin becomes blistered with scabs forming around the affected area.

As the cause of eczema is still not fully understood it makes dealing with the condition a problem. This skin condition is easy to recognize with areas of dry, red skin that are very itchy. Sometimes the condition is worse than this leading to a general blistering that can even become split, forming scab all because of dryness of the skin.

There are many types but the most common of all is the atopic eczema; this too is known, like the rest, to have a severe itching symptom. The main problem with the itching, especially with atopic eczema is that scratching brings relief but at a cost of intensifying the condition.

Another problem caused by the condition is it makes the skin more sensitive to almost any substance; substances such as topical products and detergents often must be avoided.

When it is found in young children it is usually seen just below the surface of the skin as a small patch. Although the primary factor with eczema is itching you might still be susceptible to normal rashes; if the rash is not itchy then it is more than certain that your client suffers from just a simple rash.

When the itch goes away but the rash remains, then the diagnosis of eczema is usually not right. In eczema itching and rash are linked.  Other medical conditions can certainly cause itching, but when both are present, eczema is usually at hand.

One of the more noticeable symptoms of eczema is the red skin in the location of the rash which is caused by increased blood flow. With eczema, the skin can become inflamed for many reasons because it is already highly sensitive; one area that causes concern is where there is a bacterial infection which can easily be the result of scratching sensitive skin.

Most blisters seen as part of the symptoms are quite small but large blisters can also occur; a bacterial infection or a condition of your particular skin type many be the cause of this. These blisters may contain small amounts of fluid and in some cases a pus; never burst them and create further infection in an already highly sensitive area and advise your clients the same.

302 has been very effective in dealing with the visible manifestations of eczema.

 
302 Regime: Atrophic Dermatitis (Eczema)


Patch test all products


Body:
Provide Face & Body Bar OR Sensitive Cleanser and Recovery Mist Rx for itching. Apply 302 Serum once or twice daily.

Optional: Ointment Rx may be used to spot treat, once or twice daily.

Face:
Provide Sensitive Cleanser and Recovery Mist Rx for itching. Apply 302 Serum once daily.

Optional: Ointment Rx may be used to spot treat, once or twice daily.

 
Psoriasis


Many people across the nation struggle with a condition called psoriasis. Psoriasis is an immune disease that takes over the skin (and the joints) causing scaly conditions. These unsightly scaly patches can appear almost anywhere, although the majority can be found on the larger portions of open skin (abdominals, back, thighs).

While psoriasis is not contagious it can still be a very severe problem for those who have it at the most destructive stage. About 10% of the people with psoriasis have it very severely while the other 90% have mild to moderate cases of the disease.

The worst part is that there is no known cause of psoriasis so it could continue to go on without a cure or a protection. It could have something to do with genetics (in which case you could do nothing to prevent it) or it could have something to do with lifestyle (which could then be changed). Whatever psoriasis is caused by it is known to lower the quality of life of the person living with it because they have to deal with the large, unsightly skin patches. Individuals who have psoriasis have been known to struggle with low self esteem and/ or depression.

It is important for your clients to be certain to exercise.  Many people who obtain psoriasis end up with what is known as psoriasis arthritis. This condition is in direct connection with psoriasis and can be just as painful and hindering as regular arthritis. Exercising will lessen your chances of psoriasis arthritis.

Advise regular health checks. Psoriasis has been known to increase the chances a person has of getting certain other diseases. Some of these diseases include hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and insomnia. By getting a regular check up you can lessen the chances of something else becoming connected with the psoriasis you are already dealing with.

Refer your clients to a counselor or meditative course. Counselors are professionally trained to deal with emotional distress, even if it spills over into your physical conditions. Since psoriasis often becomes a mental and physical problem counseling and support will have a lot to offer .

Conventional treatment is through phototherapy. Psoralen and sunlight or UV light alone has been known to clear up some mild to moderate forms of psoriasis. Sunlight is used in short bursts to expose the most affected areas.

302 has limited success with psoriasis other than relief from itching, and mild cleansing. This is a medical condition and should be treated as such.


302 Regime: Psoriasis

Patch test products
 
Provide: Face & Body Bar and Recovery Mist Rx

Optional: Recovery Lotion Rx for hydration and soothing