What is Dermatitis?

There is often some confusion surrounding the issue, as this is technically more of an overarching term for inflammatory skin concerns. It can manifest in one or a number of different forms and for numerous reasons, from eczema to more generic rashes caused by certain irritants. In general, symptoms such as redness, swelling and an itchy rash are usually present. With that said, skin suffering from a dermatitis rash could then go on to blister, weep and crust, but it’s worth noting that dermatitis is a non-contagious condition. While those around you aren’t at risk, dermatitis can not only have physical implications, but mental ones too, as it can prove to be rather difficult to live with. It can be very uncomfortable, not to mention embarrassing for so many sufferers. More often than not, it affects the skin in rather visible areas, such as the scalp, hands, elbows and knees.

What causes Dermatitis?

As mentioned above, it can have numerous causes. For many sufferers, certain agents can trigger symptoms of dermatitis, or make them worse, the most common of which being things like chemicals and soaps, nickel-based jewellery and certain environmental factors. As well as irritants like this, the onset of dermatitis can be caused by allergic reactions, some other underlying health conditions, and simply as a result of genetic factors. Depending on the type of dermatitis you suffer with, the cause could be a mix of various factors. For example, atopic dermatitis, which is more commonly known as eczema, is likely to be a combination of factors, whereas contact dermatitis occurs as a result of direct contact with irritants and allergens, as the name would suggest.

Treating Dermatitis

The only way to get to the bottom of what’s causing your dermatitis is to consult with Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, a leading London-based dermatologist and laser specialist. Your treatment plan will vary depending on the cause of your symptoms, which is why Dr Firas believes in a holistic, attentive approach to treatment and care. It might be that you could see improvements with a course of prescription medication, or that more intense skin rejuvenation treatments could offer the best results. Don’t rely on over-the-counter products as finding one that really works for you is often near impossible. Instead, book your consultation with Dr Firas at his Harley Street practice and put your faith in years of training and experience!