The terms eczema and dermatitis are often used interchangeably to describe the same condition. Dermatitis is characterized by a rash, dryness of skin, itching, and redness of skin. The symptoms of dermatitis occur due to the over production of damaging inflammatory skin cells and continue to worsen as a result of certain factors in the environment.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

What is Grover's Disease?

Grover's disease, or transient acantholytic dermatosis, is a common itchy rash. The rash usually takes the form of small red bumps on the chest, stomach, back and sometimes the arms and legs. The cause of grover's Disease is unknown. What is known is that it usually occurs in white men over 40 years of age. THis rash is sometimes the rash is associated with sun exposure, heat and sweating. The rash can last for weeks to months. It usually disappears within one to two years. Possible treatments for Grover's Disease include but are not limited to:
Short periods of Corticosteroid creams and ointments applied to the skin often control the rash and itching. Dermatitis-Ltd has also been known to help some in the control of this condition.
Grover's Disease can be controlled but not cured. Avoidance of heat and heavy exercise can help control the rash. Applying talc baby powder to the areas several times a day will help prevent recurrences. Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier will often help prevent flare-ups of Grover’s disease.