If your skin is itchy, red, or inflamed, you may have dermatitis. The board-certified dermatologists at Northstar Dermatology in North Richland Hills, Texas, take the time to identify the cause of your dermatitis so they can customize an effective treatment plan to give you relief. Don’t scratch your dermatitis or use potentially irritating home remedies. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dermatitis is an inflammation of your skin. Of the many types of dermatitis, the most common are:
Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction to a specific substance or allergen, including chemicals in skin care products or household cleansers, poison ivy, or wool. In addition to a rash, you may develop blisters.
Atopic dermatitis is a generalized skin reaction to allergens. Women, men, and children with atopic dermatitis, or eczema, usually have other allergies, such as an allergy to pet dander or pollen. If you have atopic dermatitis, you may have first developed it in infancy or early childhood.
Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by scaly patches, red skin, and flaking skin on oily areas of your body and scalp. Dandruff is a type of seborrheic dermatitis, as is cradle cap in babies.
Follicular eczema creates thickened skin and bumps in the hair follicles. Dark skin is a risk factor for follicular eczema.
Northstar Dermatology examines your skin to diagnose the type of dermatitis you have. They ask you when your symptoms first appeared and whether you’ve had similar outbreaks before.
If your dermatologist suspects atopic dermatitis, they may conduct patch tests to determine which substances create an allergic response. They may also take a biopsy of your skin to rule out other conditions.