Dermatitis/Eczema

At Magnolia Medical & Aesthetics, we effectively treat various types of dermatitis known commonly as eczema with prescribed medications.

Dermatitis or eczema is a group of diseases that result in inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis or eczema is characterized by itchiness, red skin, and rash(es). In short-term cases there may be small blisters, while in long-term cases the skin may thicken. Dermatitis or eczema can affect both small areas of the skin or the entire body.

Our experienced team of doctor’s and providers can diagnose most types of dermatitis/eczema by observing the presented symptoms and its location on the body.

A skin scraping or sample will sometimes be taken for further microscopic analysis. To identify outside causes of allergic contact dermatitis, we may use patch tests which involves the application of suspected allergens to areas of skin on the back.

Types of Dermatitis

There are many types of dermatitis, or inflamed skin disorders, including:

WHAT IS IT?
That red, itchy rash on your scalp that has flaky scales could be seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea. It’s a common skin disease that looks similar to psoriasis, eczema, or an allergic reaction. Seborrheic dermatitis can appear on your body as well as your scalp.

CAUSES
There are no specific or conclusive causes to what exactly causes seborrheic dermatitis. Research has shown that a combination of factors, including:

  Stress
  Your genes
  A yeast that normally lives on skin
  Certain medical conditions and medications
  Cold, dry weather

Can result in seborrheic dermatitis. Newborns and adults aged 30-60 are more likely to get seborrheic dermatitis. It is also more common in men than women, and in people with oily skin.

WHAT IS IT?
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition and tends to flare periodically. While atopic dermatitis or eczema resembles an allergic reaction, it is not caused by allergies.

CAUSES
Current research suggest that atopic dermatitis or eczema is caused by a combination of factors that include:

  1. Genetics
  2. Abnormal function of the immune system
  3. Environment
  4. Activities that may cause skin sensitivity
  5. Defects in the skin barrier that pushes moisture out and makes it easier for germs to enter your skin

WHAT IS IT?
Nummular dermatitis or discoid eczema, is a chronic condition that causes coin-shaped spots to develop on the skin. These spots are often itchy and well-defined. They may ooze clear fluid or become dry and crusty. The lesions frequently develop on the arms or legs, but they may eventually spread to the torso and hands.

CAUSES
It often appears after a skin injury, such as a burn, abrasion, or insect bite. The condition may result in one patch or multiple patches of coin-shaped lesions. The patches can last for several months.

WHAT IS IT?
Allergic contact dermatitis is a form of contact dermatitis, in which the skin is injured by friction, environmental factors such as cold, over-exposure to water, or chemicals such as acids, alkalis, detergents and solvents.

CAUSES
Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin develops an allergic reaction after being exposed to a foreign substance. This causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals that can make the skin feel itchy and irritated.

WHAT IS IT?
Stasis dermatitis develops in people who have or experience poor circulation. Stasis dermatitis occurs most often in the lower legs as this is where patients frequently experience poor blood flow. It may occur in one or both legs and can develop in other areas however this is rare. Stasis dermatitis is most common in the lower legs because leg veins have one-way valves that push the blood up the legs.

It is most common in the lower legs because leg veins have one-way valves, which play an important role in circulating our blood. These valves push blood up the legs

SYMPTOMS
Swelling around the ankle is often the first sign of stasis dermatitis. The swelling tends to clear while you sleep and return during the day. Other early signs are discolored skin and varicose veins.

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