What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Dermatitis/

Dermatitis is an umbrella

Dermatitis presents itself in vari-

The appropriateness of massage

Eczema

term for inflammation of

ous ways, depending on what

depends completely on the

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the skin. Eczema is a type

type of skin reactions are elicited.

source of the problem and the

 

of atopic dermatitis, a non-

Exposure to poison oak or poison

condition of the skin. If the skin

 

contagious skin rash usually

ivy results in large inflamed

is very inflamed or has blisters or

 

brought about by an aller-

wheals; metal allergies tend to

other lesions, massage is at least

 

gic reaction. Contact der-

be less inflamed and more iso-

locally contraindicated until the

 

matitis is a related but

lated in area.

acute stage has passed. If signs

 

slightly different type of

Eczema usually appears as one

indicate a rash could spread

 

hypersensitivity reaction.

of two varieties: very dry and flaky

(e.g., with poison oak), massage

 

 

skin (seborrheic eczema) or blis-

is systemically contraindicated

 

 

tered, weepy skin (dyshidrotic

while the irritation is present.

 

 

eczema).

Dry, flaky eczema indicates mas-

 

 

 

sage. If the skin is not itchy and

 

 

 

the affected area is highly iso-

 

 

 

lated, as with a metal allergy to a

 

 

 

watch band or earrings, massage

 

 

 

is only locally contraindicated.

 

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