Dermatitis occurs when the skin is irritated or inflamed, and is often characterized by redness, itchiness, dryness, or swelling. Dermatitis can present as a variety of specific skin conditions.
Southern California Dermatology at Healthpointe offers successful dermatitis treatments. Staffed with top dermatologists, Healthpointe’s CLI provides advanced technology and expert medical care for your skin conditions.
Causes and Symptoms of Dermatitis
- Atopic dermatitis/eczema is often characterized by redness and itchiness. Common areas where atopic dermatitis/eczema can present are in the face, feet, hands, and back of the knees. It is usually hereditary, or can occur simultaneously with an allergy, or those with asthmatic problems.
- Contact dermatitis is the result of allergies, or substances that could trigger irritation. Treatment is as simple as washing with soap, or using over-the-counter moisturizing creams and topical aids.
Nummular dermatitis is commonly found in men, and its cause is currently debatable. Some researchers believe it is a reaction to metals, formaldehyde, or antibiotic treatments. Its symptoms present as reddish, circular rashes, and can lead to blistering. Nummular dermatitis can present anywhere on the body, and can be aggravated by dryness or heat in the climate.
- Seborrheic dermatitis/cradle cap has no universally agreed-upon cause, though most think it is the result of ill nutrition, problematic hormones, or weakness in the immune/nervous systems. Symptoms present as yellowish or reddish rashes in the face or groin.
- Stasis dermatitis is a disease in the legs, and is usually a result of poor blood flow. As such, it can be an effect of most cardiovascular diseases. Symptoms of stasis dermatitis can present as bright red patches of skin, swelling, and/or tenderness.
Atopic dermatitis does not have a known cure. However, temporary symptom relief can be managed through moisturizing creams, ice packs, and other over-the-counter treatments for dry skin.
Contact dermatitis is easily managed with simple washes of lukewarm water. Other modalities can include moisturizing balms or lotions to prevent further drying and itchiness.
Nummular dermatitis is effectively treated with moisturizers, or prescriptions medication such as corticosteroids, to repair damaged skin and prevent future damage.
Due to the chronicity of seborrheic dermatitis, there is no stable cure for the condition at present. However, for temporary relief of symptoms, sufferers are encouraged to keep their lower extremities elevated, use moisturizing creams, and consult with their physicians for personalized care.
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