Dermatitis is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis can have many causes, occurs
in many forms, and usually involves an itchy swollen rash on reddened skin that may blister, ooze, or develop a
crust and flake. Generally, these different kinds share a common allergic reaction to specific allergens. The most
frequent symptoms are dry, itchy, red skin; typically affecting the skin areas including the folds of the arms, the
back of the knees, wrists, face, and hands.
The first steps in treating Dermatitis is to identify the type of dermatitis you have and eliminate the cause, if
possible. Mild skin inflammations usually respond to steroid creams to reduce inflammation and heal the irritation, as well as a corticosteroid. (Add an antihistamine to relieve severe itching. An antibiotic is applied if a secondary infection develops.)
•Seborrheic Dermatitis may respond to dandruff shampoos. These products may contain tar, salicylic acid,
zinc pyrithione, ketoconazole, sulfur, or selenium, any of which may be effective.
•Contact Dermatitis caused by chemicals can be treated by avoiding the triggering chemical, along with
medications to relieve symptoms such as antihistamines and corticosteroids, and other coping mechanisms.
•Nummular Dermatitis can be treated with moisturizing lotion and a prescription-strength corticosteroid cream.