Skin Diseases - Dermatitis

Dermatitis

Dermatitis affects about one in every five people at some time in their lives. It results from a variety of different causes and has various patterns.

The terms dermatitis and eczema are often used interchangeably.

What do you see?

Dermatitis can be acute or chronic or both.

  • Acute eczema (or dermatitis) refers to a rapidly evolving red rash which may be blistered and swollen.
  • Chronic eczema (or dermatitis) refers to a longstanding irritable area. It is often darker than the surrounding skin, thickened and much scratched.

Treatment of dermatitis

An important aspect of treatment is to identify and tackle any contributing factors or irritants.

  • Protect your skin from dust, water, solvents, detergents, injury.
  • Emollients - Apply liberally and often.
  • Topical steroids.
  • Other immunosuppressant topical.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Antihistamines.
  • Oral immunomodulators.

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