Dermatitis is a common skin condition. There are many different types and levels of severity, including:
- Acute – This is commonly a red itchy rash that appears very quickly, sometimes with the development of blisters and swelling
- Subacute – This is not a rapidly developing variant, but can have the same appearance as the acute varieties. This subtype may persist for a relatively long-term if the underlying cause is not addressed
- Chronic – This type tends to be nearly permanent. The skin is darkened and thickened because of the years or months of irritation and scratching
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries. Scratching open a healing lesion may result in scarring. These three variations indicate that there is not a single cause for dermatitis. What we do know is that it can be caused by allergies, irritants, emotional or psychological stress, physical stress or illness, poor circulation, inherited conditions and certain cosmetics.
As there are many causes and ways to manifest, dermatitis is also broken down into a handful of very clear and common varieties that include:
- Atopic dermatitis – Frequently inherited from parents with dermatitis or asthma, this is the type that develops very early in life and presents with very dry and easily irritated skin, a tendency towards allergies and asthma, and other atopic tendencies.
- Irritant-contact dermatitis – Many patients with irritant-contact dermatitis are also atopic dermatitis sufferers. It is unknown why this is the case, but those who have poor reactions to handling solvent, detergents, water, or harsh chemicals (meaning they develop red and irritated skin) are frequently those who suffer from atopic dermatitis too – though not all who suffer from it have both conditions.
- Allergic-contact dermatitis – A very uncomfortable, but not uncommon, condition where handling particular substances leads to immediate rash break out or reaction. Though solvents and chemicals are often to blame, people can have strong allergic reactions to rubber or latex, hair dyes, cosmetics, food preservatives, perfumes. and much more.
- Hand eczema – This is also considered a common form of dermatitis that presents on the hands. It is often mistaken for atopic dermatitis, but must be properly diagnosed by a dermatologist if it is to be treated effectively. It is uncomfortable and known for presenting patients with a great deal of psychological stress because of the way it looks and because of the itch and pain that it causes.
The most common treatments for dermatitis are corticosteroids, wet compresses and light therapy. Treatments may be creams or ointments, and, in some cases, Dr. Sally Booth may recommend an allergy medication to address your sensitivity to airborne allergens. During treatment, you should take care to not further irritate the area with abrasive cleansers or moisturizers that contain certain ingredients.
The price of dermatitis treatment varies for each person depending on the extent of treatment necessary. Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center of Indianapolis and Carmel accepts CareCredit® financing options that work with every budget! Please speak to our concierge team for more information.
Dr. Sally A. Booth and her staff will be happy to discuss the details with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in Carmel or Indianapolis. Dr. Booth and his staff at Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center provide personalized care to residents of Indianapolis and Carmel with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call (317) 848-2427 to speak with our friendly staff.