PLEASE NOTE: Advanced Dermatology does not treat Dermatitis at this current time. This article is for education and information purposes only. 

Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. It is usually not contagious nor is life threatening. But it is a bothersome condition that many may be embarrassed about.   Itching the skin may relieve the stinging or pain, however, it is best to not itch. Itching the skin could make the condition worse, causing open sores that could easily become infected and lead to spreading on the body. However, the good news is, dermatitis is fully treatable with some simple steps.

There are several different forms of dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a red, itchy rash that commonly occurs where the skin is flexed. It usually occurs behind the knees, on the inside of the elbows, or on the neck, but essentially can be found anywhere on the body. The skin can ooze and crust over when scratched. This type of dermatitis often occurs with those that have allergies or asthma.

Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes in contact with something that will either irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. Poison ivy or oak are examples of this. Blisters are common with this form of dermatitis and the rash can sting or burn. Jewelry, cleaning supplies and cosmetics will often make contact dermatitis flare up.

Nummular dermatitis is most commonly seen on the hands, arms, legs and torso. Men are more likely to have this form of dermatitis, and usually is seen in the age range of 55 and 65. The skin has distinctive red coin shaped plaques in the effected area. A dry environment or hot showers are the cause of this skin inflammation.

Seborrhea dermatitis has oily looking scales that appear to look yellowish. The red rash is usually found on the head, and is often referred to as cradle cap in infants. It is sometimes found on the face, most commonly found around the nose and ears. This form of dermatitis is found in those with oily hair or skin. Hereditary is often thought to play a role in this condition that can come and go.

There are many home remedies that one can utilize to get relief from any form of dermatitis. These include using nonprescription anti-itch products. These items, such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream, can relieve itching. Over the counter antihistamines can also be used.

To get further relief, one can apply cool, wet compresses to the effected areas. This will give a cooling sensation that will protect the skin and soothe it.

Take a look at your laundry detergent. It could be irritating your skin condition further. Mild, unscented detergents are the best kind to use. Do not use fabric softeners as they will further irritate the skin .

Get relief with a baking soda bath. Simply add a cup of baking soda to warm water and soak to bring skin fast relief. If you don’t have baking soda on hand, oatmeal can also be used.

The drier the skin, the more of an issue dermatitis becomes. Take shorter showers, or bathe less frequently. When you do bathe, limit yourself to no more than 20 minutes, and use only warm water, never hot. Make sure that the soap you are using is mild. When toweling off, always pat the skin gently instead of rubbing. While the skin is still damp, apply a good body cream or oil to the skin.

Dermatitis is a bothersome inflammation of the skin that can often embarrass those that have it. However, with the right treatment, and precautions taken, it can be healed, and the skin can return to a normal state. Following at home treatments faithfully can prevent further outbreaks of any form of dermatitis.

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