Spongiotic dermatitis is a kind of dermatitis where the skin starts to develop what looks like holes. It is sometimes studied by scientists who are experts in histology. The word “histology” can be defined as the study of certain aspects of tissues. Specifically, it applies to those aspects that can be seen only when using a microscope. Spongiotic dermatitis is sometimes considered to not be a specific kind of dermatological diagnosis, but actually a concept used when speaking about most kinds of skin disorders. This is not a universal truth for scientists and doctors, but an opinion on which they vary. Though some kinds of dermatitis involve the process of skin spreading apart more than others, almost all dermatitis causes spongiotic results at a cellular level. It rarely becomes so pronounced that it is visible with the naked eye. Sometimes, however, it can be.
How is this Kind of Dermatitis Different from Spongiosis?
For some scientists and doctors, “spongiosis” is a term that only refers to the kind of sponge-esque skin development that is pronounced enough to be seen without the help of a microscope. Someone that shows this kind of dermatitis is considered an anomaly, even amongst people whose dermatitis is spongiotic. They use this word to distinguish it from the typical spreading apart of cells and skin that most skin disorder involve to a small extent. This kind of spongiotic dermatitis is not typical in everyone who experiences spongiotic dermatitis. This is a hard topic for most people who aren’t in the medical field to understand, but it can be important to know. When your doctor says that your skin shows this kind of pattern, it doesn’t mean that the holes will spread to be anywhere as large as they will need to be to be visible without the aid of a microscope.
Not all skin disorders lead to spongiotic dermatitis, let alone the kind that becomes visible over time. Please continue to talk to your doctor about your diagnosis and how it may or may not involve spongiotic dermatitis until you completely understand it. Knowing what is going on with your body is the first step to making educated treatment plans with the help of your doctor and other specialists. It will also keep you feeling in control and at peace while the treatments take time to fully take effect.
Is There a Simpler Way to Explain This?
Much of this may be hard to take in all at once. Now that you have the foundational knowledge needed to understand this condition, it can be explained to you in simpler terms without leaving anything out. Basically, all kinds of dermatitis are spongiotic dermatitis. It just looks more obvious than usual sometimes. What may look like holes in the skin is actually a bunch of raised bumps over the normal level of the skin. The word “dermatitis” in any context means that the skin is red, or at least inflamed and appearing to be irritated.
What is the Difference Between this and Eczema?
Technically, eczema and spongiotic dermatitis are the same thing. However, some doctors prefer to only use the latter term when the eczema is severe. The rash known as “eczema” can be caused by a lot of different things. It isn’t usually a term used for skin rashes on people who would get them no matter what their skin touched. This means that something irritating had to rub against the skin in order to cause it. Whatever it was that did it is referred to as a “trigger.” You will probably not realize right away what it is that caused it.
Things that Might Be Triggering Your Eczema
Experiment with several different things, staying away from a particular soap or fabric that you usually use frequently. You may find that the red bumps on your body are being found by a piece of jewelry, or a heavy wool sweater, or any number of seemingly harmless things.
Laundry soap can be very irritating to sensitive skin. If you have discovered eczema on your body, try switching to a different brand. Sometimes using laundry detergent without a scent can clear up the problem.
Eczema by any name can be an uncomfortable disorder. The good news is, it can be cleared very easily. Identify your triggers, and you will clear up your skin in no time.