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Darier's Disease

What is Darier's disease?

Darier disease is found commonly among people of all age groups. Although it is very common, it is pretty dangerous as well. Darier disease is a stubborn rash which usually runs in families. Darier disease is not contagious; that is, it does not spread from person to person. The rash often starts when one is a teenager or older. It most commonly affects the chest, neck, back, ears, forehead, and groin, but may involve other body areas. At times the rash will cause a bad odour. This disease can also cause the fingernails to be fragile at the tips.

Other infections that can occur by Darier's disease?

There does seem to be an increased chance of developing skin infections if you have the condition. The "cold sore" virus, Herpes simplex, sometimes causes widespread skin infections in people with Darier's disease. If the condition suddenly gets worse and is much more painful than usual this may be a sign of Herpes simplex infection. The GP or Dermatologist should be contacted urgently in these circumstances.

Symptoms of Darier's disease?

  1. The affected skin may smell unpleasant, particularly in moist areas.
  2. The smell is part of the skin condition and does not mean that the skin is dirty. It is probably caused by bacteria growing in the rash.
  3. Itching is very common.

Treatment of Darier's disease?

  • Keep the rash clean
  • Use some good Vaseline petroleum jelly
  • Cleanse the skin with a mild antibacterial soap
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