Dermatosis. Everything you need to know


What is dermatosis?

The term dermatosis is used to define different skin conditions that are caused by an infectious, inflammatory, or carcinogenic cause.

It is a common name used by dermatologists to help define skin abnormalities as well as lesions that can occur at the systemic level, that is, in any area of the body.

Dermatoses can refer to conditions that are even related to vital organs.

Are dermatoses and dermatitis the same thing?

No, these terms are unrelated to each other. On the one hand, we find that dermatosis encompasses all the conditions or diseases that can occur in the skin.

Whereas, with the term dermatitis we do not find an inflammatory skin condition which is produced by specific causes and has specialized treatments.

It is necessary that you consult your trusted dermatologist about the characteristics of your dermatosis, since the term can cover different conditions and by being more specific you can find more information.

Types of dermatoses.

The most common conditions that are defined as dermatoses are the following:


A muscle disease that causes weakness, swelling, and tenderness, this condition does not cause a rash but redness may be noticed in the area. There is no proven cause of this disease, however it is associated with the viral consequence.


It is characterized by the growth and accumulation of skin cells that result in scalps on the skin. This condition occurs in periodic outbreaks that can vary between 30 to 14 days depending on each patient.

The lesion may be noticed as reddish inflammation of the skin or appear as white or silver scales resulting from the accumulation of dead skin cells.

You can suffer from psoriasis as a result of a bacterial infection and even from strong emotional situations such as stress.

Systemic lupus erythematosus:

An autoimmune condition in which the body’s cells confuse healthy tissue and attack it, affecting organs, muscles, joints, and skin. This disease can attack any area of the body and is generated as a genetic consequence, although there are cases in which it is related to environmental or pharmacological factors.

Lupus is more common in women, and people of Asian, Afro-American, or Latin American descent are often at higher risk of developing it.

Pemphigus vulgaris:

It is a dermatosis developed by an immune disorder, like lupus, this disease is a mutation of the cells that makes them attack the healthy tissues of the body, in this case they are antibodies that attack the skin generating blisters and ulcers on the skin.

It is known as a side effect of certain medications, although it is an uncommon situation, it can appear due to the intake of anti-inflammatory drugs, to control blood pressure and chelating agent.

Erythema nodosum:

It is a disease that causes bumps on the skin, making it sensitive and reddish to the eye. Most cases of this dermatosis are the result of a bacterial or viral infection, among which we find: streptococcus, hepatitis B, chlamydia, syphilis, tuberculosis, mononucleosis, among others.

It can also be an unexpected autoimmune response from the patient’s body, although this happens rarely.

Treatment for dermatosis.

Treatment for dermatosis will depend on the characteristics of the condition, the patient’s age, and overall physical condition.

An experienced dermatologist is the only one capable of diagnosing dermatosis and drawing up a plan of action to improve or cure the condition. The goal of Dr. Diana Tejada, dermatologist is to help you identify skin conditions and find the most effective and aesthetic way to solve them.

Skin problems such as dermatosis have one characteristic in common, they affect the image of patients. You can trust the doctor at Dermamedica to do whatever it takes to offer treatments that help you find holistic wellness.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Diana Tejada and solve your skin problem.

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