Dermatitis is a common condition characterized by itchy, dry skin or a rash on swollen, reddened skin. Sometimes it can cause the skin to blister, crust or flake off. There are different types of dermatitis, including atopic, seborrheic and contact dermatitis. Certain types of dermatitis are long-lasting, whereas others only occasionally flare-up.
Atopic dermatitis is commonly known as eczema. The red, itchy rash usually develops at a young age and is typically found inside the elbows, behind the knees and in front of the neck. Although not exclusively, the cause can be genetic, with sufferers often having a family history of eczema.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes scaly patches, red skin and dandruff, and usually appears on the face, upper chest and back. It is thought to be caused by a fungus in the oil glands and often flares up in the spring and winter.
Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin has come into contact with a skin irritant or something that would cause an allergic reaction. A red, stinging rash develops, sometimes alongside blisters. Detergents and cosmetics can materials that often cause allergic reactions.
If you’re suffering with dermatitis and would like to seek treatment at the Harpenden Skin Clinic, we would love to see you for an in-depth skin consultation initially, to devise a bespoke treatment plan best suited to your condition.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.