What is Dermatitis?
Men and women from all over the San Antonio area visit Dr. Garcia for unknown skin conditions. For skin that’s inflamed, it can be characterized as a common skin condition known as dermatitis that affects patients of all ages. This condition presents itself in several forms but the most common symptoms include reddened, swollen skin, as well as itchy rashes over the body. In some cases, patients may experience crusty, flaky, oozy or blistery skin. Most patients suffer from atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis or seborrheic dermatitis. There are multiple causes of dermatitis such as genetics, allergies and other health conditions like asthma or hay fever. San Antonio dermatologist, Dr. Annabelle Garcia, will perform testing and look into a patient’s medical history to determine exact causes and triggers.
Symptoms of Dermatitis
Since there are several types of dermatitis, symptoms are presented in different ways. Typically beginning in infancy, atopic dermatitis results in a red, itchy rash usually at the front of the neck, behind the knees or inside the elbows. Contact dermatitis occurs when a patient comes into contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction or irritates the skin. This can result in a red rash that can itch, sting or burn and blisters are possible. With seborrheic dermatitis, reddened skin, scaly patches and abundant dandruff are common.
What Causes Dermatitis?
A number of factors play a role in causing dermatitis. With atopic dermatitis, genetics, dry skin, skin bacteria, environmental factors and immune system problems are the leading causes. Contact dermatitis is caused by a patient have an adverse effect to certain products and substances like soaps, detergents, jewelry and cleaning supplies. In seborrheic dermatitis, the condition could be connected to a fungus found in the skin’s oil secretion since symptoms are often dependent on the season.
Treatment for Dermatitis
Since each patient’s cause and symptoms of dermatitis vary, the treatment can vary significantly and will be determined once the dermatologist thoroughly assesses the patient. In some cases, a dermatologist may prescribe corticosteroid ointments to be used on affected areas. Some patients benefit from calcineurin inhibitors, which are creams or lotions that can correct immune system dysfunctions that lead to symptoms. Other patients benefit from light therapy treatments, where the skin is exposed to a certain amount of light to soothe the skin.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 15 Minutes
Get Control of Your Dermatitis
Dermatitis can be painful and can greatly affect a patient’s well-being and quality of life to the point where daily activities can’t be completed. To take control of your dermatitis and get your life back to normal, contact our office to schedule your consultation as soon as possible.