Dermatitis & You: Types and Treatment Methods

When it comes to skin conditions, dermatitis continues to be one of the most common skin allergies around. This allergy, also known as eczema, usually starts during childhood and can last throughout adulthood. There are three types of dermatitis; luckily, each one has a dermatitis treatment available to alleviate symptoms. Here is what you should know:

Types of Dermatitis

The first type of dermatitis starts during infancy and is known as atopic dermatitis. Symptoms of this form of dermatitis can include red and itchy rashes that typically develop around the elbows, behind the knees, and the front of your neck; anywhere your skin flexes can be at risk for rashes. Additional symptoms can include leaking fluid and a crusty appearance if the rashes are scratched.

The second type of dermatitis, called contact dermatitis, occurs when parts of your body have been in contact with irritative substances that causes an allergic reaction. Many of these substances are common, such as poison ivy, jewelry made of nickel, perfumes, cleaning products, and cosmetics. Those suffering from contact dermatitis may experience a stinging, itching, or burning sensation along the area in addition to blisters.

The third type of dermatitis, also called seborrheic dermatitis, is noticed as a typical red rash accompanied by yellow scales. This condition is most common on the face and scalp and for those with oily hair. Unfortunately, seborrheic dermatitis is due to hereditary conditions and can be long lasting.

Dermatitis Treatment Options

Luckily, all three forms of dermatitis can be treated with a variety of options we provide. Recommended initial treatments include using a cortisone cream to help reduce any symptoms of your dermatitis. This product can often be found at over the counter pharmacies. Corticosteroid pills can also help alleviate symptoms but can cause serious side effects if taken for long periods of time. If these treatment options are unsuccessful, our phototherapy treatment plan will be recommended. We use UV light to lessen any overreaction your immune system is having caused by dermatitis. While this treatment is very effective, it has its own side effects such as aging the skin prematurely.

Your Dermatitis Treatment Center

If you are suffering from dermatitis, contact our offices today to see what dermatitis treatment options are available to you. Our trained staff will design a treatment plan tailored to your skin care needs and walk you through every step of the way. Give us a call today and schedule your no-obligation consultation.

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