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Dermatitis is skin inflammation and affects different body parts. The severity and symptoms slightly vary as per the part affected. Although not contagious, it may cause painful skin rashes, swelling, and redness.
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Symptoms and Causes
Dermatitis is a skin condition whose specific causes are not yet known. Here are some of the symptoms of dermatitis:
- Painful skin with stinging or burning
- Skin discoloration
- Dry, cracked skin
- Itchy skin
Dermatitis can have various triggers depending on the type. Common causes include environmental factors, stress, hormonal changes, and irritating substances. The causes as per different types of dermatitis are:
- Contact Dermatitis: Caused by direct contact with irritants or allergens like detergents, cosmetics, nickel, poison ivy, and oak.
- Atopic Dermatitis: Often a combination of dry skin, environment, bacteria, stress, irritants, hormonal changes, and specific dietary choices.
- Perioral dermatitis: It is like face acne or rosacea caused by overuse of steroidal products.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis: Exact cause is unknown but linked to an inflammatory reaction to Malassezia yeast and associated with conditions like HIV, psoriasis, epilepsy, rosacea, and Parkinson’s disease.
- Stasis Dermatitis: Caused by poor circulation leading to fluid buildup in extremities, commonly occurring in lower legs due to weakened blood vein valves.
Proper diagnosis and treatment by a healthcare professional are essential for managing dermatitis effectively. Consult our doctor at Your Doctors Online for the treatment of dermatitis.
FAQs About Dematitis
How to treat seborreich dematitis?
Your provider may prescribe oral antihistamines and topical corticosteroids like ointment or shampoo to treat seborrheic dermatitis. These are short-term treatments to control severe dermatitis initially. After controlling the severity, your doctor may prescribe another antidandruff shampoo to prevent flare-ups and reduce the buildup in your scalp.
How to treat red dermatitis?
To treat red dermatitis, your provider may prescribe anti-inflammatory products like a gentle moisturizer containing anti-itch ingredients to soothe the inflammation. Our doctors at Your Doctors Online may prescribe corticosteroids like hydrocortisone or oral antiallergics like diphenhydramine to help ease dermatitis symptoms.
What is the fastest way to cure dermatitis?
The fastest way to cure dermatitis is by using topical medications or medicated soaps and shampoos containing ingredients like ketoconazole, salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, and selenium sulfide. Moreover, your provider may prescribe phototherapy in controlled amounts for severe cases. You can get medicated soaps and shampoos containing ketoconazole at Your Doctors Online. They should be applied to the affected area and rinsed off after 5-10 minutes.
What helps get rid of dermatitis?
You can get rid of dermatitis if, in addition to taking prescription medicines taking care of your skin and avoiding triggers that aggravate your dermatitis. For example, use products with anti-inflammatory and anti-itching ingredients, moisturize your skin regularly, use medicated shampoos and soaps, avoid scrubbing and scratching the skin, apply a cool compress, use mild laundry detergents, and bathe with lukewarm water. Consult a doctor at Your Doctors Online for the prescription of dermatitis medicines.
How can I stop dermatitis from getting worse?
When it comes to skin allergies like dermatitis, the best way to avoid it from getting worse is to avoid the triggers that aggravate your dermatitis. Things like stress, tobacco smoke, chemical irritants, and harsh skin products make dermatitis worse. Other ways to stop it from worsening are to use prescription medications and apply inflammation-soothing practices like cool compress, keeping skin clean and moisturized, and avoiding products containing harsh chemicals.
Does dermatitis ever go away?
It depends on the cause, as dermatitis can be due to bacterial or fungal infection or may be due to an unknown cause and stay like an allergy that remits now and then when exposed to triggers. Therefore, acute conditions can be treated completely, but in some instances, it remains lifelong and may flare up when triggered due to external factors.
Is dermatitis a fungal infection?
Either bacterial or fungal infections can cause dermatitis. However, the symptoms are often similar and hard to tell apart. Therefore, you should consult your provider for the proper diagnosis of the condition. Some diagnostic tests may help identify whether the infection is fungal or bacterial.
What is the best skin treatment for dermatitis?
The best dermatitis treatment is corticosteroids like hydrocortisone cream 1% to relieve dermatitis symptoms like itching and inflammation. However, these ointments are prescription only and unavailable over the counter. Consult a doctor today for the prescription of corticosteroids at Your Doctors Online.
Why is my dermatitis spreading?
Dermatitis can spread if you keep being exposed to the triggers. It can cause the spread of dermatitis rash to other body parts due to an Allergic Contact Dermatitis reaction. It is not bacterial or fungal but an allergic reaction from the immune system, which can cause it to spread all over the body.
Does scalp dermatitis go away?
Dermatitis at the scalp is also known as seborrheic dermatitis. It can go away with the proper treatment, like medicated shampoos or topical treatment that clears up inflammation and flare-ups preventing seborrheic dermatitis. If it occurs in newborns, it is called a cradle cap.
How do you treat dermatitis when pregnant?
During pregnancy, dermatitis can cause complications if left untreated. Per your doctor's prescription, you can control it with topical treatment and oral antihistamines. Consult a doctor at Your Doctors Online for the treatment and prescription of dermatitis during pregnancy.
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