What is dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a skin condition that generally causes peeling, itching, redness and blisters. There are different types of dermatitis, among the most frequent are:

Symptoms of dermatitis

The symptoms of dermatitis vary according to the type but are usually characterised the skin becoming dry, itchy, red and inflamed. In some cases, these symptoms appear in combination with other conditions (dandruff, intestinal ailments, etc.). Diagnosis of dermatitis can only be diagnosed during a consultation with a specialist dermatologist or GP.

What are the causes of dermatitis?

Dermatitis can be a consequence of several factors, for example,contact dermatitis occurs due to an allergic reaction triggered by contact between the skin and an irritant. Atopic dermatitis occurs when the patient's body is sensitive to specific substances (food, allergens, environmental factors), while the cause of seborrheic dermatitis is currently unknown.

Treatments for dermatitis

Treating dermatitis depends on the type of dermatitis diagnosed. Common treatments for dermatitis include:

  • Oral antihistamines
  • Oral or injected corticosteroids
  • Corticosteroid cream
  • Antibiotics
  • Phototherapy
  • Avoiding known irritants and allergens

Which specialist treats dermatitis?

Generally, dermatitis will be treated by a dermatologist.

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