What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions that can affect men, women, and children at any time of year. In fact, individuals from all over the Greater Houston, TX area visit Advanced Dermatology for treatment all year round. Dermatitis is a general term for a condition that can present itself in many different ways. The most common symptoms include skin that is red, flaky, crusty, itchy, and sometimes with blisters.
Certain health conditions, diet, genetics, fabrics, allergies, and asthma can make you more susceptible to dermatitis. Make an appointment at any of our locations in Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX. We will assess your skin's condition to determine what is causing the breakout and recommend an appropriate treatment for your dermatitis flare-ups.
What are the Different Types of Dermatitis?
Also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy and red. Men, women, and children can all have this skin rash, which can last for a long time and with recurrent flare-ups.
Contact dermatitis is a very common rash that results from being exposed to irritants or allergens in your environment. This is a localized, superficial rash that is caused when a foreign substance comes in contact with the outer layer of the skin.
There are two types of seborrheic dermatitis — one for infants and one for adults. Also known as cradle cap, seborrheic dermatitis is a common scalp rash that forms on infants.
Adults with seborrheic dermatitis have red, scaly patches of skin that can also look moist (regardless of the constant flaking of the skin). The yellow or white flaking scales are naturally occurring and not from poor hygiene. These patches are mostly found on or around the ear, on the scalp, face (even eyelids), arms, upper torso, and genitalia.
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What Causes Dermatitis?
A number of factors play a role in causing dermatitis. With atopic dermatitis, genetics, dry skin, bacteria, environmental factors, and immune system problems are the leading causes. Contact dermatitis is caused by an adverse reaction to certain products and substances, like soaps, detergents, jewelry, and cleaning materials. With seborrheic dermatitis, the condition could be connected to yeast found in the skin's oil secretion since symptoms are often dependent on the season.
What Are the Symptoms of Dermatitis?
Since there are several types of dermatitis, symptoms are often presented in different ways. Usually beginning in infancy, atopic dermatitis results in a red, itchy rash at the front of the neck, behind the knees, or inside the elbows. Contact dermatitis occurs when you come into contact with a substance that produces an allergic reaction or irritates your skin. It is a red rash that can itch, sting or burn, and possibly blister. With seborrheic dermatitis, reddened skin, scaly patches, and abundant dandruff are common.
How is Dermatitis Treated?
Since every patient's dermatitis symptoms vary, the treatments can vary significantly and will be determined once our practitioners thoroughly assess your skin. In some cases, we may prescribe corticosteroid ointments to be used on affected areas. Some patients benefit from calcineurin inhibitors, which are creams or lotions that can improve immune system dysfunctions that lead to symptoms. Other patients benefit from light therapy treatments.
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Dermatitis is usually painful and can greatly affect your well-being and quality of life to the point where daily activities can't be completed. To take control of your dermatitis and get your life back to normal, contact Advanced Dermatology to schedule your consultation as soon as possible.