Dermatitis is a general term used to describe inflammation of the skin. There are several different types of dermatitis, each with its own causes and symptoms.
Some common types of dermatitis include:
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema): a type of dermatitis that is often associated with allergies and causes dry, itchy, and scaly skin.
- Contact dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that occurs as a result of contact with an irritant or allergen, such as chemicals, cosmetics, or certain fabrics.
- Seborrheic dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that affects the scalp, face, and other areas of the body where there are large numbers of oil glands.
Symptoms of dermatitis can include redness, itching, swelling, and blistering of the skin. Treatment for dermatitis typically involves avoiding triggers, using creams and ointments to soothe the skin, and taking antihistamines to relieve itching.
It is important to work with a doctor to determine the cause of your dermatitis and to develop an effective treatment plan. In some cases, prescription medications may be needed to control symptoms and prevent the condition from getting worse.