Inflammatory skin diseases are the most common problem in dermatology. Inflammatory skin conditions affect over 35 million Americans annually. Inflammation and rashes can cause redness, pain, itching and dryness and can be challenging to diagnose and manage.
Common inflammatory skin conditions include dermatitis, poison ivy and poison oak, and drug rashes. Other forms of chronic skin inflammation are hereditary, or may be triggered by allergens, extreme temperatures and even stress.
Chronic inflammation results from a sustained immune cell mediated inflammatory response within the skin itself. This inflammation is long lasting and can cause significant and serious tissue destruction.