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Relieving Dermatitis-Related Symptoms for Volusia and Flagler Counties

Dermatitis is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin. Itching, redness and scaling are common symptoms. There are different types of dermatitis, including seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema). Although the disorder can have many causes and occur in many forms, it usually involves swollen, reddened and itchy skin.
Dermatitis is a common condition that usually isn't life-threatening or contagious, but it can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. A combination of self-care steps and medications can help you treat dermatitis.

Contact Dermatitis

  • The itching and blistering of contact dermatitis can be produced after contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction.
  • Common causes of contact dermatitis include nickel, rubber dyes, preservatives, fragrances, and poison ivy and related plants.
  • Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are the most common causes of allergic reactions in the United States. Each year, 10 to 50 million Americans will develop an allergic rash after contact with these poisonous plants.

Atopic Dermatitis

  • Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is frequently described as "the itch that rashes." It is characterized by patches of dry, red skin that may have scales and/or crust. Often, there is intense itchiness and scratching which can lead to infection.
  • Eczema usually occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees and ankles.
  • Approximately 10 to 20 percent of the world population develops atopic dermatitis. In the United States alone, it affects more than 15 million people of all ages.
  • While there is not a cure for atopic dermatitis, most cases can be controlled with proper treatment. The goals of treatment are to keep the skin moist, reduce inflammation and the risk of infection, and minimize the itch associated with the rash.
  • Effective treatment often requires a multi-faceted treatment plan that includes medication, proper skin care, trigger avoidance and coping mechanisms.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This condition causes a red rash with yellowish and somewhat "oily" scales, usually on the scalp and sometimes on the face, especially around the ears and nose. It's common in people with oily skin or hair, and it may come and go depending on the season of the year. It's likely that hereditary factors play a role in this condition.

Possible underlying factors include:

  • Physical stress
  • Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease
  • In infants, this disorder is known as cradle cap
  • Medications

Treatments for Dermatitis

  • Moisturizers to help relieve dry skin
  • Cold compresses applied directly to the skin to help relieve the itch
  • Corticosteroids to help reduce inflammation; topical tacrolimus and pimecrolimus also may be used to reduce inflammation
  • Antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection
  • Sedative antihistamines to help get a good night's sleep
  • Phototherapy to relieve moderate to severe cases
Call for an appointment to see which treatment is right for you.