Lexicon for Atopic Dermatitis

This is a lexicon for Atopic Dermatitis.
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  • Vaccinations

     

    Vaccinations are effective protection against infectious diseases which in the past would have been serious or fatal, such as diphtheria, tetanus, and polio.
    It is essential that children get their vaccinations according to schedule, with jabs starting at around 3 months.
    Atopic children should be vaccinated  just like any other; eczema is not a contra-indication for any vaccine currently available. 
    The only exception is vaccination against smallpox (see this term), but this is no longer used. 
     
  • Varioliform pustulosis

     

    See Kaposi-Juliusberg.
     
  • Vaseline

     

    A fatty body created from petrol. Vaseline is a very effective and safe moisturizer, but not very pleasant to use. Its primary effect is to counteract dehydration of the epidermis by forming a 'film' on the surface. 
     
  • Vesicle

     

    A small raise area of skin filled with clear, yellowish liquid. Eczema, including atopic dermatitis, often involves vesicles. They are not always visible as they are very small, and because they are often broken by scratching. The weeping seen in eczema affected skin is from broken vesicles.
     
  • Visual analogy scale

     

    A simple line 10cm long, used to ask patients to rate the intensity of their pain or itching. 0 indicates no pain (or itching) and 10 represents the most intense pain (or itching) imaginable. 
      
     
  • Vitiligo

     

    A common skin condition, typified by complete discoloration of the skin, which becomes completely white, with no other abnormalities. Vitiligo is difficult to treat. Phototherapy with UVB can be effective. The link between vitiligo and atopic dermatitis is a theoretical one, and has no real proof.   
     
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