Dermatosis - What Is It?

Dermatosis is the medical word for any type of skin disorder or disease. It is a broad term that refers to skin issues that range from minor irritations to blisters, rashes, sores, swelling, wounds, and more serious skin problems. Dermatosis can be caused by external triggers, such as environmental allergens, irritants, and chemicals, and/or internal triggers, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other organisms.

Types of Dermatosis

There are many types of dermatosis, including:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Folliculitis
  • Fungal infection
  • Hives
  • Impetigo
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Warts

Causes of Dermatosis

The causes of dermatosis vary, depending on the type. Common external triggers include:

  • Contact with irritants such as detergents, soaps, and shampoos
  • Exposure to allergens such as dust mites, molds, and pollens
  • Exposure to certain fabrics or clothing materials
  • UV exposure from the sun or tanning beds

Common internal triggers include:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Stress or hormonal changes
  • Viral infections

Treating Dermatosis

The treatment for dermatosis depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, the condition can be managed with lifestyle changes, such as avoiding certain triggers, or topical medications to reduce symptoms. In other cases, more aggressive treatments, such as oral medications, may be necessary. It’s important to discuss treatment options with your doctor.