What is Dermatitis?

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Dermatitis is a general term encompassing various inflammatory skin conditions. It is characterized by itching, redness, thickening and scaling of the skin and skin eruptions.

The most common form of dermatitis is Atopic Eczema, a general allergic, hyper-sensitivity to allergens. Most Mission Viejo and Orange County patients think of any skin eruption with itching or redness as a skin rash – when there are actually many types of dermatitis and many causes. Regardless of the term used, or reason, a skin reaction can be extremely distressing, uncomfortable and for some may lead to skin infection. If simple over-the-counter measures don’t work quickly, it is best to have any skin rash diagnosed by a dermatologist.


Eczema can be caused by:

  • Contact with substances that chemically aggravate the skin like detergents, soaps, engine oils, strong chemicals, etc.
  • Stress, dry weather or, hot or cold temperatures.
  • Environmental allergens.

Treatments for Skin Rash and Dermatitis

Some rashes are self limiting, meaning they go away after exposure to the allergen is removed.

Typical treatments may include anti-itch topical medications with menthol or an antihistamine.

  • Oral antihistamine (such as Benadryl)
  • Topical corticosteroids – both over the counter concentrations and Prescribed levels
  • Cool compresses, oatmeal based products and bland moisturizers.

One of the most common allergens is nickel, present in many costume earrings or jewelry. Other common and often undiagnosed allergies revolve around cosmetics, perfumes, nail polish and detergents.

Sensitive skinned Mission Viejo and Orange County individuals are advised to use fragrance free products for personal care and laundry.

 


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We look forward to meeting with you and helping you find the simplest solution to achieve the goals you desire. Contact us for more information on Dermatitis or schedule a consultation in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area with Dr. Sikorski. Call (949) 448-0487.