Lexicon for Atopic Dermatitis

This is a lexicon for Atopic Dermatitis.
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  • B Lymphocyte

     

    A variety of lymphocyte, with the fundamental role of manufacturing antibodies (including, among others, IgE). The letter B refers to the fact that in birds, these cells are differentiated in an organ found in the cloaca, and known as the Bursa of Fabricius. There is no equivalent in humans. 
     
  • Bacteria

     

    Micro-organisms which may be well-tolerated by the body, but can also be responsible for infection. The primary bacteria that can cause infection in cases of atopic dermatitis are staphylococcus aureus. 
     
  • Basophil

     

    One of the categories of white blood cells, thus called because of their reaction to the colorants used to count blood cells. There are very few basophils, or polynuclear basophils, compared to other cells, but they are involved in some allergic reactions. 
      
     
  • Betamethasone

     

    One of the most commonly used corticosteroids. Betamethasone valerate and betamethasone dipropionate are the active ingredients in very effective dermo-corticosteroids. 
     
  • Bounce back

     

    A flare-up of a condition followed by an improvement. For example, in atopic dermatitis, local corticosteroid therapy rapidly improves an eczema flare-up. Once improvement is seen it is recommended to gradually decrease treatment in order to prevent relapse.
      
     
  • Breastfeeding

     

    Breastfeeding has many advantages over bottle feeding. These advantages are both psychological and nutritional. Furthermore, it is thought that delaying the introduction of non-human proteins (cow's milk) into the diet of infants can prevent atopic dermatitis and other manifestations of atopy. However, following several clinical trials, we now know that even prolonged breastfeeding does not prevent atopy. In conclusion, we should encourage mothers to breastfeed, but should not promise that this will prevent allergies, and should also avoid shaming those who choose to bottle feed. 
     
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