Contact Dermatitis is a common skin condition characterized by inflammation of the skin that can result in a range of symptoms, including redness, itching, and rash. Contact dermatitis is a type of dermatitis there can be other types as well including atopic dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Understanding the causes, signs, and treatments for contact dermatitis is essential for effectively managing and alleviating the associated skin discomfort.
Causes of Dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction that happens when people come in contact with substances like chemicals, cosmetics, microbes and dust particles. This happens due to sensitivity towards certain allergen or substance leading to skin irritation or discomfort. It can happen when the skin shows sensitivity towards battery acid, drain cleaner, detergent, plants, fertilizers or even pesticides. People who get more exposed to detergents such as healthcare workers, metal workers, gardeners or agricultural workers, auto mechanics, construction workers, hairdressers and cleaners often experience such skin allergies on their exposed areas.
Those who are constantly dealing with harsh chemicals also have tendency to incur this problem. Photo contact dermatitis is a rare occurrence where some skin products react upon sun exposure and can result in skin rashes, irritation, redness and swelling.
Signs of Dermatitis
● Redness: Inflamed, red patches of skin are a common sign of dermatitis.
● Itching: Itchiness can range from mild to severe, leading to scratching and further skin damage.
● Rash: Rashes may vary in appearance, from dry and scaly to weepy and blistered.
● Swelling: Affected areas may swell, due to allergic reactions mostly around the face and neck area.
● Blisters: Blisters accompanied by swelling and cracking of skin due to dryness are common symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis.
Treatments for Dermatitis at Dr. Haror's Wellness
At Dr. Haror’s Wellness, we offer a holistic approach to dermatitis management and treatment. Our services include:
● Diagnosis and Triggers Identification: Pinpointing the specific type of dermatitis and identifying triggers through a thorough evaluation.
● Skin Care Guidance: Recommending gentle skincare routines and products to minimize irritation. The infected person shall clean the skin using mild cleansers and water. The right moisturizer should be used to treat over-drying skin.
● Medications: Prescribing topical corticosteroids, antihistamines drugs, or creams are used to reduce inflammation. In cases of severe allergic reaction injections might be recommended as well.
● Lifestyle Management: It is advisable to use a face mask, goggles, or gloves to save exposed skin from allergens and irritants. Stay away from irritants that are known to trigger the same. Some lotions help prevent skin irritation by creating a shield or protective layer.
It is always advisable to consult your dermatologist for better advice and care in case of any allergic reactions.