Eczema and other forms of dermatitis are a type of chronic epidermal inflammation.
Dermatitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the skin. It can manifest in various forms, including seborrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a type of dermatitis that commonly affects the scalp, face, and upper chest. It is characterized by redness, itching, and flaking of the skin. Seborrheic dermatitis is often linked to a reaction to a yeast called mallasezia, hormonal imbalances, stress, or certain medical conditions.
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually begins in infancy or early childhood. It is characterized by dry, itchy and inflamed skin that can become thickened and scaly. Atopic Dermatitis is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
There are many causes of dermatitis, including contact with an irritant or allergen (contact dermatitis), or results simply as a response to a change in temperature/humidity. When contact dermatitis is suspected, we use patch testing – with a panel of 65 common allergens used as a screening test – to determine the specific causes of allergic reaction.
Though there is no cure currently available for eczema or dermatitis, there are treatments that are great for reducing inflammation and controlling its various symptoms, including topical steroids, antibiotics, topical corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory medications, and antihistamines. Our doctors also prescribe medications and recommend products, which our office carries, to prevent/treat dry skin and inflammatory or infectious skin conditions, helping restore normal skin function for long term relief.
If you struggle with dermatitis, our experienced dermatologists are here to help. With more than 30 years of experience we can help you achieve healthier and better looking skin. Contact Eastside Dermatology today to schedule a consultation.