What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is a broad term for skin irritation. It is a common condition that occurs in many forms and has many causes. It often involves dry, itchy skin or a rash on red, bumpy, swollen skin. It may also cause the skin to ooze, blister, crust, or flake. While dermatitis is not contagious, it can cause patients to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious.
There are different types of dermatitis, including:
- Atopic Dermatitis: This is a red, itchy rash that often occurs in the elbow crease, behind the knees, or on the neck. This condition, also known as eczema, may flare up depending on the seasons.
- Contact Dermatitis: Presents as a red, itchy, or stinging rash that arises when the skin has been irritated by contact with certain substances. In a minority of cases, contact actually causes an allergic reaction.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis: Appears as scaly, red patches of skin, and stubborn dandruff with a yeast component. It often affects oily parts of the body like the scalp, face, back, and upper chest.
- Follicular Eczema: The skin will thicken and develop bumps in the hair follicles. It is most common in patients of African descent with black skin.
Dermatitis Treatment Options
Overall, treatment for dermatitis varies depending on the cause and the symptoms. At our office, we offer a number of dermatitis treatment options including:
Corticosteroid creams: These are often prescribed for mild dermatitis, and help to reduce the inflammation in the skin, reducing symptoms.
Calcineurin inhibitors: These treatments calm the immune system to reduce symptoms.
Phototherapy: This involves exposing the affected area to controlled amounts of artificial or natural light and is available at alternate clinics and the hospital setting.
Injectable dupilumab (Dupixent): This injectable prescription treatment is most commonly used for stubborn or severe disease. It curbs the immune system over-reaction that causes eczema.
There are also lifestyle habits that patients can try to help manage their dermatitis. These may include:
Moisturizing the skin: Keeping the skin moisturized regularly can help with symptoms. Moisturizers with a high humectant content tend to work best.
Medicated shampoos for Seborrheic Dermatitis: Over-the-counter (OTC) dandruff shampoos that contain selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, ketoconazole, or coal tar can be helpful.
Wear cotton clothing: Smooth, cotton or silk clothing can help patients avoid irritating the skin.
Avoid scratching: Scratching will only make symptoms worse. Cover the itchy area with a dressing if you cannot resist scratching.
Use OTC anti-inflammation products: Over-the-counter oral antihistamines may also help to reduce awareness of itch.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dermatitis Treatment?
Individuals whose dermatitis is causing extreme discomfort with itch or trouble sleeping, painful skin or even
, infected skin, can benefit from dermatitis treatment. To best determine if you are a good candidate for dermatitis treatment, contact DermAtelier on Avenue today to learn how to schedule your consultation with Dr. Beach.
What to Expect After Dermatitis Treatment?
Following regular use of your treatment, patients will see an improvement in their dermatitis symptoms and skin gradually clears up over time. Dr. Beach will provide you with specific instructions when it comes to how to use your dermatitis treatment for the best possible results.
Contact Us Today
If you are ready to treat your dermatitis for a more comfortable and confident you, contact our office today! Our friendly and professional team will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, as well as help schedule your consultation appointment to get started.