When exposed to harmful stimuli or injury, the body attempts to protect itself. The first stage in this process is inflammation. Inflammatory skin diseases are the most common problem in dermatology. There are many different types. Acute conditions can be treated within 1 to 2 weeks but chronic condidtions can last a long time and cause significant tissue damage. At UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology, our research is currently focused on the following inflammatory skin conditions: