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How long does dermatitis last?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredDermatitis can last for a few hours, a day or two, or a lifetime. Depending on your reaction, the itching and redness can go away quickly, or it may be chronic and persist over a long period of time. Talk with your doctor about your specific case of dermatitis.
What is an inverted nipple?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Some people have a condition called an inverted nipple. Watch as Dr. Oz explains why a nipple can become inverted in this video.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?
Venous skin ulcers: The first sign of a venous skin ulcer is the appearance of dark red or purple skin over the affected area. The skin may also become thickened and dry and itchy. Without treatment, an ulcer may form. The wound may be painful, and the individual may also have swollen and achy legs. Rashes may occur, such as contact dermatitis, on the skin around the ulcer.
One or more ulcers may develop on the leg or both legs. The outer layers of skin die and are shed (sloughed), exposing deeper tissues. Spots of white scar tissue may develop in the skin around a venous ulcer.
Pressure ulcers: Bedsores fall into one of four stages based on their severity. Pressure sores are categorized by severity, from Stage I (earliest signs) to Stage IV (worst). The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, a professional organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of pressure sores, has defined each stage as follows:
Stage I: Initially, a pressure sore appears as a persistent area of red skin that may itch or hurt and feel warm and spongy or firm to the touch. In African Americans, Hispanics, and other people with darker skin, the mark may appear to have a blue or purple cast, or look flaky or ashen. Stage I wounds are superficial and go away shortly after the pressure is relieved.
Stage II: In stage II, some skin loss has already occurred, either in the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, in the dermis, the skin's deeper layer, or in both. The wound is now an open sore that looks like a blister or an abrasion, and the surrounding tissues may show red or purple discoloration. If treated promptly, stage II sores usually heal fairly quickly.
Stage III: When a pressure ulcer reaches stage III, the damage has extended to the tissue below the skin, creating a deep, crater-like wound.
Stage IV: Stage IV is the most serious and advanced stage. The pressure ulcer has become so deep that there is damage to the muscle and bone, and sometimes tendons and joints. Stage IV wounds are extremely difficult to heal and can lead to lethal infections.
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