SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Dermatitis symptoms vary with all different forms of the condition. They range from skin rashes to bumpy rashes or including blisters. Although every type of dermatitis has different symptoms, there are certain signs that are common for all of them, including redness of the skin, swelling, itching and skin lesions and sometimes oozing and scarring.
WHO GETS IT AND CAUSES
A number of health conditions, allergies, genetic factors and irritants can be responsible for causing dermatitis. There are several types of dermatitis which are distinguished based on the factor that triggers the skin reaction.
DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND OUTCOME
There are several different types of dermatitis. The different kinds usually have in common an allergic reaction to specific allergens. Examples of dermatitis include contact dermatitis, eczema or atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis and stasis dermatitis.
Treatment of dermatitis is made according to the particular cause of the disease. Creams and ointments that contain corticosteroids, wet compresses and avoiding the allergens and irritants are part of most treatment plans. For some types of dermatitis, nonsteroidal medications may help relieve signs and symptoms, and for all types of dermatitis, occasional use of over-the counter antihistamines can reduce itching.
TIPS FOR MANAGING
The best way to manage dermatitis is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Feinstein so that the specific type of dermatitis can be identified and the right treatment can be prescribed. There are also certain steps you can take on your own to minimize dermatitis:
- Use of daily cream moisturizers for certain types of dermatitis such as nummular, stasis and atopic forms.
- Avoidance of constant wet/dry situations such as constant hand washing and drying.
- Limiting the amount of time spent showering or bathing and avoid hotter water while performing these activities, and incorporating oatmeal-based products for cleaning the skin.
- Wear cotton-based clothing when the diagnosis includes atopic dermatitis or nummular dermatitis.
- Use mild laundry detergents that are mild, without dyes or perfumes that could further aggravate your dermatitis and avoid fabric softener.