The Different Conditions That Fall Under Dermatitis
Dermatitis is a general term that covers a range of skin conditions. Because it takes many different forms, many patients at Dr Firas Al-Niaimi’s Harley Street clinic who suffer with any type of dermatitis are often confused about their condition, and the best course of action for treating their concerns.
What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is a catch-all name for a range of skin conditions that exhibit similar symptoms. These symptoms usually involve itchy, swollen, and red rashes on the skin. In some cases, dermatitis may cause blistering and weeping, or else crust or scab over. Dermatitis is highly uncomfortable for patients to live with, and though not contagious, can leave those who suffer feeling highly self-conscious when it comes to their skin. There are several different conditions that fall under the dermatitis umbrella, including those listed below.
The most well-known form of dermatitis is more commonly known as eczema. Atopic dermatitis usually begins when the patient is still an infant, and takes the form of a red, itchy skin rash that is most prevalent in the areas where the skin is commonly stretched and contracted, such as the inner elbows, behind the knees, or on the neck. The irritated rash is prone to oozing and crusting when scratched.
Contact dermatitis is caused either by an allergic reaction or skin irritation, and occurs in response to the skin coming into contact with a substance or object. Common triggers for content dermatitis include soap, essential oils, or certain types of metals, for example, those used in jewellery. Typical of dermatitis conditions, contact dermatitis rashes cause redness, burning, stinging, and in some cases, may blister.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes scaly, red patches of skin and dandruff. When this occurs in infants, it’s known as cradle cap. It occurs in the oily areas of the body, such as the face, upper chest and back. Seborrheic dermatitis is a long-term condition that causes flare-ups for the majority of the patient’s life.
Dyshidrotic eczema is a form of eczema that causes itchy blisters on the fingers, toes, palms of the hand and soles of the feet. This can be incredibly painful for those who suffer, and is usually triggers by stress, allergies, or excess moisture.
Neurodermatitis occurs when an area of skin is frequently rubbed or scratched, causing scaly patches of skin. It is most common around the neck and shoulders, scalp, ankles or wrists and hands or feet. Areas of neurodermatitis often become discoloured over time.
For patients living with dermatitis, the condition can have a massive negative impact of their everyday life, resulting in pain, itchiness, and a lack of sleep and concentration. If you suffer with dermatitis in any form, and at-home remedies aren’t making a difference, Dr Firas can help with the best Dermatitis Treatments London has to offer. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please get in touch.Back to blog