Dermatitis is an inflammatory rash of the skin. There are many different types, but they all share some of the same symptoms which are red, swollen, itchy skin rashes. Some of the different types are:
Allergic or Contact Dermatitis
This is a reaction to something (the allergen) touching or contacting the skin. Some common allergens or irritants causing these rashes are:
- Nickel in Earrings Causing Earlobe Dermatitis
- Latex in Rubber Products
- Plant Oils Causing Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac Dermatitis.
Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema
This dermatitis can be heredity and be associated with hay fever, asthma and food allergies. It is seen most frequently as dry itchy skin in the creases of the forearm, behind the knees and ears.
This dermatitis is also called “cradle cap” in infants and “dandruff” in adults. Unlike the other forms of dermatitis, the patient’s skin is oily and crusty. It can also be seen on the face. These patients produce too much skin oil, or Sebum.
The most common dermatitis seen and often caused by contact irritants like detergent, from frequent hand washing, latex gloves or from a generalized allergic reaction.
Although rare, there is a severe blistering form of hand dermatitis called Dyshidrotic Hand Dermatitis.
We at Park Avenue Dermatology are experts in treating these and all forms of dermatitis and rashes and even have clinical research trials for hand dermatitis. Call us for an evaluation today at 1-904-541-0315.