Dermatitis refers to any type of skin inflammation or irritation. There are many types of dermatitis, and treatments may vary. Heights Dermatology takes a holistic approach to skin care, providing individual solutions for your dermatologic needs. To get help with your dermatitis, call the office in Houston, Rosenberg, Lake Jackson, Portland, Corpus Christi, Palacios, Columbus, Gonzales, Dallas, Mansfield, Beaumont, Bay City, New Braunfels, or San Antonio, Texas, or schedule a consultation online today.

What is dermatitis?

Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. It’s a general term that includes many skin conditions that irritate the skin. These rashes range from mild to severe and can cause red, itchy, or dry skin.

You may develop dermatitis from any number of causes, including genetics, allergies, or an infection. Dermatitis isn’t harmful or contagious. However, it can cause symptoms that affect your daily life.

If you have an irritating rash, schedule a consultation at Heights Dermatology.

What are the common types of dermatitis?

There are many types of dermatitis. Some of the more common types include: Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a chronic skin condition that first appears during childhood. Atopic dermatitis causes red, itchy skin.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis causes skin inflammation when your skin touches an irritating substance or allergen, such as a chemical in a cleaning product, perfume in soap, or oils from a plant like poison ivy.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as dandruff, usually affects the scalp, causing dry, flaky skin. It can also affect oily areas of skin, like the face, eyebrows, or chest.

What happens during a dermatitis evaluation?

The specifics of your dermatitis evaluation at Heights Dermatology depend on your skin concerns and needs. The dermatology experts take a holistic approach to medicine to provide the most effective care

Your dermatologist reviews your symptoms and examines your skin. They ask about your medical history and allergies and inquire about substances or activities you think may trigger your rash.

Your dermatologist may take a sample of your rash to confirm or rule out dermatitis type. They may also perform skin allergy testing.

What are some treatments for dermatitis?

Heights Dermatology customizes your dermatitis treatment plan based on the type of dermatitis, location, and severity of your skin condition. Your dermatologist works closely with you, helping you find and avoid your dermatitis triggers to reduce flare-ups.

Your dermatologist may also make recommendations for treatments you can do at home, such as wet wrap therapy to keep your skin moist, regular use of a skin moisturizer, and switching to mild soaps and detergents.

Depending on the cause of your dermatitis, Heights Dermatology may recommend medical treatments such as:

  • Topical calcineurin inhibitors to reduce inflammation
  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Medicated shampoo
  • Biologics to block immune system reactions
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics

When it comes to dermatitis, no single treatment works for all. Heights Dermatology helps you find the right combination of therapies to reduce symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

For a holistic approach to your dermatitis, call Heights Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.