Dermatitis (Eczema, Contact and Seborrheic Dermatitis) – Dallas, TX

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About Dermatitis

Dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions that affect men, women, and children all throughout the year. In fact, individuals from all over Dallas, Texas visit Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC for dermatitis treatment. The word "dermatitis" is a general term for a condition that can present itself in many different ways. Common symptoms of this condition include skin that is red, flaky, crusty, itchy, and sometimes even has blisters. Eczema is a common form of dermatitis and can also be referred to as atopic dermatitis. In addition to eczema or atopic dermatitis, there are other common types of dermatitis such as contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. Certain health conditions, diet, genetics, fabrics, allergies, and asthma can cause dermatitis. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston will assess your skin's condition to determine the cause of the dermatitis. From there, she will recommend appropriate treatment and a skin regimen to avoid future flare-ups.

Causes

A number of factors can contribute to a dermatitis flare. With atopic dermatitis, genetics, atypical skin barrier function, dry skin, bacteria, environmental factors, and immune system problems are the leading causes. Contact dermatitis is caused by an adverse reaction to certain products and substances, like personal care products, metals in jewelry, fragrances, rubber and cleaning chemicals. With seborrheic dermatitis, the condition is caused by a yeast found in the skin's oil secretion. Unlike other forms of dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis symptoms may vary depending on the season.

Symptoms

Since there are several types of dermatitis, symptoms usually present in different ways. Usually beginning in infancy or childhood, atopic dermatitis (also called eczema) results in a red, itchy rash that can occur anywhere on the face and body, but classically affects skin behind the knees and inside the elbows. Contact dermatitis occurs after coming into contact with a substance that that produces an allergic reaction or irritates your skin. This can result in a red rash that can itch, sting, burn, and possibly blister. Examples of contact dermatitis include poison ivy, an allergic reaction to metals and fragrances, or use of a harsh soap or chemical that comes into contact with the skin.  With seborrheic dermatitis, reddened skin, scaly patches, and abundant dandruff are common and affect the scalp, ears, eyebrows, and chest.

Treatment Options

Since every patient's dermatitis symptoms are different, treatment can vary significantly. Your unique solution will be determined once Dr. Kingston has thoroughly assessed your condition. In some cases, Dr. Kingston may suggest corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, and these can be administered via an intramuscular injection, orally or by applying topicals.  Some moderate to severe eczema patients may benefit from an injectable biologic that helps regulate the abnormal cytokine signals in the immune system causing the dermatitis and inflammation.  Contact dermatitis patients will benefit from avoiding the triggers that cause the flare such as metal, perfume, and so forth.  Seborrheic dermatitis is often treated with medicated shampoos and topicals that reduce inflammation and target yeast. 

Proper Care for Relief

Dermatitis is usually itchy and painful and can greatly affect your well-being and quality of life to the point where completing daily activities is difficult. To take control of your dermatitis and get your life back to normal, contact Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC and schedule your consultation as soon as possible.

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