Dermatitis (also called eczema) is a group of non-contagious skin conditions that cause similar symptoms: red, itchy, scaly skin occurring in patches on the body, face or scalp. Sometimes, these patches may weep and ooze, eventually becoming crusty and bleeding when rubbed or scratched. Without treatment, the skin texture can change, becoming leathery or “lichenified.” Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of dermatitis, typically beginning in childhood. Contact (or allergic) dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, dyshidrotic dermatitis and nummular dermatitis are other forms.
During your office visit, Dr. Dele-Michael will discuss your symptoms, take your personal and family medical history, and perform an exam of your skin. In most cases, these steps are sufficient to arrive at a diagnosis of dermatitis. Studies have shown people with allergies and asthma are more prone to developing dermatitis, so be sure to tell the doctor if you have one or both of those conditions. Also be ready to describe when you first noticed your symptoms occurring in order to determine if your dermatitis might be part of an allergic reaction.
The first step is to determine which type of dermatitis you're experiencing so treatment can be aimed at resolving the underlying cause in addition to relieving symptoms. Many types of dermatitis can be relieved with conservative steps like switching to a milder cleanser and adding a special moisturizer developed for sensitive skin. Limiting your time in the shower and avoiding baths and hot tubs can help keep skin from over-drying and prevent flareups. Persistent cases of dermatitis may be treated with topical and oral medications to relieve itch and prevent scratching that can cause infection. Prescription medications are also available to help control immune reactions and to control scaling and severe itching.
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