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Dermatitis Treatment in Houston TX.

Dermatitis is also called eczema where there is an inflammation of upper skin layers that leads to itching, swelling, blisters, redness, scabbing and scaling. There are various types of this skin condition that arises because of different causes.

Causes and types

Gravitational dermatitis affects mainly the lower legs of the elderly because of swelling of their legs and poor leg vein functioning. Nummular dermatitis is a skin condition that is triggered by a skin injury. It appears as scattered, coin-shaped and irritable patches that last for a few months.

Acute eczema is a rapidly progressing blistered and swollen red rash while chronic eczema leads to a longstanding bad-tempered area that is darker than surrounding skin, has thicker skin and lots of itchiness.

Atopic dermatitis is very common in teenagers while irritant contact dermatitis occurs when chemicals or physical agents damage skin surface faster than the skin can repair the damage done. Seborrheic dermatitis affects the face, trunk and scalp to cause red, itchy, flaky and scaly skin.

Eczema usually attacks sebum-gland areas of the skin, mostly during times of physical stress, travel and in those with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease. In case of infants, the disease occurs as cradle cap.

Treatment

It is based on the cause of the infection that the doctor decides on the right treatment to be administered to the patient. Chronic treatment of the condition using topical corticosteroids can lead to permanent skin damages like telangiectasia and atrophy.

Instead, pimecrolimus is an anti-inflammatory cream that is great for treating atopic dermatitis as it has fewer side effects than topical steroids. The cream should be liberally applied after bath and when itchy.

It is better to wear smooth and cool clothes and avoid wool clothing while suffering from eczema. Use of antihistamine tablets may be suggested to reduce irritation, and is most useful at night.

Prevention

Prevention is always better than cure. So use these tips to prevent and treat an attack of dermatitis.

1. Wear more of smooth and cool clothes and not anything uncomfortable.

2. Soothe your skin using hydrocortisone lotions and creams.

3. Be careful not to contact substances that can lead to the skin rash.

4. In case you come in contact with allergic substances, make sure you wash the affected area.

5. Topical steroid creams or ointments may be applied to the itchy patches of eczema for 5-15 days to complete a course.

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