What is autoimmune dermatitis (with pictures) type 1 diabetes nhs

Autoimmune dermatitis is skin irritation associated with immune dysfunction. In people with this condition, the skin develops rashes, blisters, papules, patches of dryness, and other issues because the immune system mistakenly identifies something in the skin as harmful and starts attacking it. There are several different forms, and patients with this condition usually need to be carefully evaluated to find out why their skin is reacting and develop an appropriate treatment plan for managing the skin irritation. Usually, an immune specialist is involved in diagnosis and treatment.

This condition can onset at any age and may be associated with disease and life events, or not, depending on the patient. People with autoimmune conditions sometimes develop dermatitis in association with their underlying conditions.


Autoimmune dermatitis can be a sign that a condition is growing worse or not responding to treatment. It can start anywhere on the body and may spread over time. Patients often complain of itching and pain around the site of an outbreak. The inflammation can make the skin feel hot and dry as well.

In other cases, autoimmune dermatitis shows up independently, with no previous history of autoimmune problems. People may develop it in response to allergies, with the body reacting to allergens found in and around the skin, or on its own. Additionally, some women experience a rare version known as autoimmune progesterone dermatitis, where skin flareups occur at various phases of the menstrual cycle in response to changing hormone levels in the body.

Immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken to treat autoimmune dermatitis. During an outbreak, soothing creams can be applied to keep the skin hydrated and as healthy as possible. Medications can help reduce the intensity of outbreaks, as well as making them less common. Taking these drugs in the long term may expose people to other risks like slowed healing time and an increased risk of infection because the body cannot respond as rapidly to harmful organisms.

Untreated autoimmune dermatitis can cause severe problems for the patient. Over time, the skin may undergo permanent changes, thickening and roughening in response to the sustained inflammation. In addition, it can crack and peel, creating an open sore. This sore may allow infectious organisms to enter the body and can cause an infection. Areas of outbreaks need to be kept clean and dry, and it is important to address outbreaks of dermatitis when they occur, to prevent complications associated with untreated skin irritation.

finally got online and started reading about this very rare condition. I am an exception to the rule even under that category. I do not have skin reactions, just swelling shut of my throat — a part of an anaphylactic reaction. I have always had severe allergies but not life threatening day to day.

I am 53 years old and the reactions started around the time of pre-menopause phase of life. My allergist finally agreed that maybe I am allergic to my own hormones, but not likely since it was such a rare condition. So I took things into my own hands and coordinated my Boston specialist with my outstanding gynecologist. The doctor did not have experience with this but he was open to reading all the (though there are very few articles) info I printed out for him about progesterone allergies.

First, they tried actually giving me some progesterone in a very low dose, and that went all right until we raised the dose, after which I had a few very bad days and stopped taking it myself. Also about the same time on a pelvic exam, it was found that my fibroid tumors I had were getting larger (very large) and I was having several heavy periods a month. So the discussion began about getting a total hysterectomy.

It was a relief to me that something was going to be done that might help two conditions. The progesterone would be halted in my body, plus I would be able to get rid of all the pressure in my abdomen from the fibroids. I am now just two months out from the total hysterectomy and for the first time in years, I am not going into anaphylaxis, especially being triggered even worse by spring allergies. I still have allergies but I do not have the throat swelling.