Dermatitis is a general term used to describe an inflammation of the skin. Believe it or not, at one point or another, most of us will have some form of dermatitis in our lifetime. This can be caused by infections, allergies, or irritating substances. Rashes caused by dermatitis range from mild to severe and common symptoms include itching, crusting, ulcers, blisters, and redness.
Contact dermatitis is the most common form and is easily treated by a dermatologist. It occurs when the skin comes into contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction. Most of you have heard of poison ivy and poison oak. There are many other substances like certain detergents, for example, which cause an allergic reaction resulting in dermatitis. Symptoms include itching, swelling and reddening. Contact dermatitis is treated by a doctor who will prescribe a cortisone cream along with antihistamines and possibly an oatmeal bath. If you or your child is experiencing a rash that won’t seem to go away, Dr. Sharon Meyer is an experienced dermatologist who can diagnose your condition and get you on the road to rash-free skin. To schedule an appointment, call Uptown Dermatology today. We look forward to hearing from you!