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Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition characterized by itchy, red, and swollen skin. At Sanova Dermatology, which serves patients across Texas and Louisiana, we provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for various types of dermatitis. Our team is dedicated to helping patients find relief from the discomfort of dermatitis through personalized care and advanced treatment options.

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What is Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a term used to describe several different forms of skin inflammation. Although symptoms can vary widely, most types of dermatitis cause redness, swelling, itching, and sometimes blisters. Depending on the type, dermatitis can be triggered by environmental factors, allergens, or genetic predisposition.

What are the Different Types of Dermatitis?

There are several different types of dermatitis, which are generally characterized by their symptoms and underlying causes.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is one of the most common forms of dermatitis. It typically begins in childhood and may persist into adulthood or occur sporadically throughout a person’s life. Symptoms include dry skin, itching, red patches, and swelling. It is often associated with other atopic disorders, such as asthma or hay fever.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes into contact with an allergen or irritant. This form of dermatitis is divided into two categories: allergic contact dermatitis, triggered by an immune reaction to a substance like nickel or latex; and irritant contact dermatitis, caused by exposure to harsh chemicals or detergents.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis affects areas of the body with a high density of oil-producing glands, such as the scalp, face, and upper chest. It results in scaly patches, red skin, and stubborn dandruff. It is particularly common in infants (where it is known as cradle cap) and adults.

Other Types of Dermatitis

Other, less common types of dermatitis include:

 

  • Stasis dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Nummular dermatitis
  • Dermatitis neglecta

How is Dermatitis Treated?

Treatment for dermatitis at Sanova Dermatology depends on the type and severity of the condition. Common treatments include:

  • Topical creams and ointments, such as corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors, to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
  • Moisturizers to help repair the skin barrier and reduce dryness.
  • Antihistamines for severe itching.
  • Phototherapy for severe cases, using ultraviolet light to reduce symptoms.
  • Lifestyle and environmental changes to avoid known triggers.

How Effective are Dermatitis Treatments?

The effectiveness of treatments for dermatitis varies, largely depending on the individual’s condition and the specific type of dermatitis. Most treatments aim to reduce symptoms, improve skin health, and prevent flare-ups. For many patients, managing dermatitis is a lifelong process that includes routine skin care and avoiding triggers.

How Much Does Dermatitis Treatment Cost?

The cost of treating dermatitis can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the type of treatment required. Sanova Dermatology customizes each treatment plan to the patient’s specific condition, which will be outlined and discussed during a personal consultation. At this time, we will be able to provide you with a transparent explanation of all costs associated with your treatment. We accept most major insurance plans and also offer financing options to ensure that our treatments are as affordable as possible.

Contact Sanova Dermatology

If you are experiencing symptoms of dermatitis and need expert care, contact Sanova Dermatology in Texas or Louisiana. Our experienced team is ready to provide a comprehensive assessment, discuss your treatment options, and tailor a treatment plan that best meets your dermatological and health needs.