Many Americans suffer from chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis. Although it’s not life threatening, dermatitis can be a nuisance because the itchy rash, redness, blisters, and inflammation can be difficult to live with.
What is dermatitis?
Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that has various forms and different causes. Three of the most common forms of the condition are atopic (eczema), contact, and seborrheic dermatitis.
Symptoms differ based on type, but may include the following: dry, itchy skin, rashes, bumps, swelling, burning, and blisters.
Causes of dermatitis?
The causes of dermatitis vary according to its type.
- Atopic dermatitis can be triggered by allergens and environmental factors, and is often genetic. It is typically seen on the face, hands, back of the elbows, creases of the arms, and behind the knees.
- Contact dermatitis is also the result of a reaction to an allergen or irritant. It affects any part of the body that has come in contact with the irritating substances.
- Seborrheic dermatitis is believed to be caused by yeast found in the oil secreted by the sebaceous glands. It can affect any part of the body, but usually occurs on the scalp and face.
How to treat dermatitis
Getting treatment for dermatitis can prove a challenge, and must first start with identifying the contributing factors. Treatment will therefore vary among individuals, and may involve a combination of home remedies and medications. Some of the typical options include the use of antihistamines, antibiotics, corticosteroid creams, emollients, and phototherapy.
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms of dermatitis? Schedule a consultation with Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. and Aesthetic Center, serving the greater Atlanta metro, for a comprehensive evaluation and proper diagnosis.