Treatment Options For Dermatitis

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Dermatitis is a chronic skin disorder that occurs in a pattern of flare-ups and remissions. There are at least 3 different varieties of this skin condition including contact, atopics and seborrheic. All are very similar in that they manifest the same symptoms and are often triggered by the same factors.

Red, scaly skin that itches intolerably is the classic hallmark of dermatitis. It is thought to be an inherited condition and occurs more commonly in families with a history of other skin or allergic disorders such as eczema.

There are many potential treatments for dermatitis, and these are usually aimed at preventing flares and, if they do occur, reducing the sypmtoms. Topical corticosteroid creams or ointments are the most commonly prescribed treatment because they effectively suppress the body's overactive response to relatively harmless substances. Coal tar preparations are also common because they are proven to reduce the itching and promote healing.

Antihistamines (usually available over-the-counter) help control the itching and are commonly taken at bedtime. Other treatment options for dermatitis include regular applications of a moisturizer, especially after bathing, and the use of lukewarm bath water and mild soaps. Controlled exposure to UV light, also called phototherapy, sometimes helps. Keeping the skin healthy and hydrated is the goal, but in some cases, the basic remedies may have little effect.

The last resort for resistant dermatitis is systemic corticosteroids or topical immunosuppressants, both of which have serious side effects. The newer immune system modulators (pimercrolimus and tacrolimus) also have potentially toxic side effects and should only be taken exactly as directed when other treatment options have failed. These drugs work by curbing the body's immune response to the irritants that trigger the dermatitis.

Although there is no definitive cure for dermatitis, there are many ways to prevent breakouts and maximize periods of remission. Anything that is known to irritatie the skin should be avoided, especially drying soaps, dust, manmade fabrics, hot water, animal dander, or certain perfumes. Following a daily skin care routine and applying a cream or moisturizer after bathing should keep the skin free of dermatitis. Avoid scratching the reddened skin, as this will cause oozing and crusting which will delay healing.

Breaking the itch-scratch cycle may be nearly impossible without the use of antihistamines, calamine lotion oatmeal baths or some other agent that reduces the chronic itching. Other preventative measures for dermatitis are air-drying the skin after bathing and avoiding exposure to chemicals.

Usually, dermatitis is treated with a combination of different products to achieve better results. Individualized treatment plans are the best choice, as some dermatitis medications may actually trigger an attack in sensitive patients. Discussing the symptoms and options with the physician is recommended. Overall, dermatitis is an annoying, and sometimes painful condition that is very prevalent but, thankfully, very treatable. Proper skin care and adherence to the prescribed treatment plan will usually produce healthy, rash-free skin within a few weeks. The phenomenal success rate of dermatitis treatment cannot be beaten, only appreciated.

Disclaimer - The information presented here should not be interpreted as or substituted for medical advice. Please talk to a qualified professional for more information about dermatitis.
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