What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions there is. In fact, individuals from all over Austin, TX visit Snyder Dermatology for treatment, which can affect men, women, and children at any time of year. 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 blistery. Eczema is a form of dermatitis that is known as atopic dermatitis. But there are also other forms, such as contact dermatitis or seborrheic dermatitis. Certain health conditions, diet, genetics, fabrics, allergies, and asthma can cause dermatitis. Our Austin, TX board-certified dermatologists will assess the skin's condition, determine what is causing the breakout, and then recommend appropriate treatment as well as a protocol to follow to avoid further flare-ups.
What Causes Dermatitis?
A number of factors play a role in causing dermatitis. With atopic dermatitis, genetics, dry skin, skin bacteria, environmental factors and immune system problems are the leading causes. Contact dermatitis is caused by a patient have an adverse effect to certain products and substances like soaps, detergents, jewelry and cleaning supplies. In seborrheic dermatitis, the condition could be connected to a yeast found in the skin’s oil secretion since symptoms are often dependent on the season.
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Symptoms of Dermatitis
Since there are several types of dermatitis, symptoms are presented in different ways. Typically beginning in infancy, atopic dermatitis results in a red, itchy rash usually at the front of the neck, behind the knees or inside the elbows. Contact dermatitis occurs when a patient comes into contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction or irritates the skin. This can result in a red rash that can itch, sting or burn and blisters are possible. With seborrheic dermatitis, reddened skin, scaly patches and abundant dandruff are common.
How to Treat Dermatitis
Since each patient’s cause and symptoms of dermatitis vary, the treatment can vary significantly and will be determined once the dermatologist thoroughly assesses the patient. In some cases, a dermatologist may prescribe corticosteroid ointments to be used on affected areas. Some patients benefit from calcineurin inhibitors, which are creams or lotions that can correct immune system dysfunctions that lead to symptoms. Other patients benefit from light therapy treatments, where the skin is exposed to a certain amount of light to soothe the skin.
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Dermatitis can be painful and can greatly affect a patient’s 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 our office to schedule your consultation as soon as possible.