Treating Dermatitis and Restoring Your Healthy Skin

Dermatitis is a fairly common skin condition that impacts many people at one point or another in life. It can be quite mild or relatively severe, but it rarely poses any kind of serious medical threat. Rather, dermatitis can impact one’s life in other ways, causing chronic inconvenience, discomfort, and embarrassment when flakes of dry skin are visible on one’s clothing. Here at The Dermatology Center, we offer a wide range of solutions for life’s most common skin-related issues, and we’ll help you manage your dermatitis in a way that restores your full quality of life. When you’re ready to get started, a member of our team is here to help you look forward to healthy skin once more. Reach out to our offices in Fredericksburg and set up your consultation with a helpful staff member today.

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What Exactly Is Dermatitis?

Put very simply, dermatitis refers to skin that has become inflamed and unhealthy. Dermatitis isn’t contagious and it does not ultimately cause any significant harm to the bodies of those who experience it. Rather, dermatitis can impact your life by simply being uncomfortable, chronically frustrating, and embarrassing when it causes the presence of visible flakes.

Some of the most common symptoms of dermatitis include:

  • Dryness
  • Red rashes
  • Itchy skin
  • Flaking
  • Blisters
  • Thick, hard, or swollen skin
  • Crusting
  • Scaling

What’s Causing My Dermatitis?

Any number of factors can cause dermatitis. Sometimes the cause is genetic in nature, meaning dermatitis might not have been something you were able to avoid, in the first place. In other instances, the cause of dermatitis can be environmental in nature. This tends to make it quite easy to manage, as you can simply mitigate whatever might be causing it.

Anyone can be impacted by dermatitis, regardless of their age, gender, or lifestyle. In many cases, dermatitis is caused by the presence of an overactive immune system. Other times, it’s caused by exposure to allergens. Risk factors tend to include genetics and ethnicity, or anything that might generally put you at a higher risk for the development of dry, itchy skin.

Examples of Dermatitis

As mentioned, dermatitis can take many different forms. Here are some of the most common examples of dermatitis, and their visible signs and symptoms. If you think you might be suffering from dermatitis but aren’t sure which type or what’s caused it, we recommend reaching out to The Dermatology Center at our Fredericksburg location and scheduling a consultation with one of our experts.

Atopic Dermatitis

Also known as eczema, this type of dermatitis is among the most common. It is characterized by the presence of dry, itching, red skin that also tends to be bumpy and rough in texture.

Contact Dermatitis

This type of skin inflammation is caused by contact with an allergen or irritant that results in the development of an uncomfortable rash. Poison ivy is a common example.

Diaper Dermatitis

As the name suggests, this type of dermatitis is essentially a diaper rash. This type of dermatitis is caused by excessive moisture and friction, combined with the presence of waste.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

This type of dermatitis is a little less common and causes the presence of sometimes-painful blisters on the fingers, palms, toes, and soles of the feet.

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Managing Your Dermatitis

While it’s true that in most cases, dermatitis cannot be completely eliminated, we can offer you a number of methods by which you can hydrate and nourish your skin, enjoying relief from the dryness and itchiness that tends to come along with dermatitis. When you visit The Dermatology Center for your initial consultation, an expert member of our team will work with you to determine the exact type of dermatitis you’re experiencing, figure out its root cause, and develop a solution that sees you enjoying healthy skin once more. To get started, reach out and speak with a helpful member of our Fredericksburg team today.

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