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Dermatitis Treatment

Dermatitis is a term that describes an irritation or inflammation of the skin. While there are many issues that may cause dermatitis, the condition is usually characterized by swollen red skin and an itchy rash. When dermatitis attacks the skin, it can also cause various other symptoms that include blisters, crusting, oozing or sloughing off. Eczema, rashes from poison ivy, certain metal allergies and dandruff are just a few examples of dermatitis. Although, dermatitis isn't a life threatening condition or contagious, it is usually very uncomfortable and tends to make one self-conscious. To learn more about dermatitis treatment, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.

What helps treat spongiotic dermatitis?

Treating spongiotic dermatitis generally involves the use of Clobetasol Propionate cream and Mupirocin cream. Mix both creams and apply to the affected area twice daily for two weeks. After this period, discontinue use of the mixture and begin using Fluticasone Propionate cream at night for 2-4 weeks. These creams can be bought with a prescription.

As for Over-The-Counter medication, 1% Cortisone cream may be the only product that can help. It can be mixed with Bacitracin ointment and applied to the infected areas two times a day.

When dealing with excessive cases of dermatitis, a short course of oral Prednisolone 40 mg per day that can be gradually tapered off also helps fight the symptoms.

Taking Claritin 10mg for a period of two weeks, at a dosage of two tablets twice a day, is another alternative. This can be picked up without a prescription and the dosage can be tapered to once a day for 2-4 weeks. It is also important to refrain from scratching the affected area when a person has this condition.

What are the available treatments for perioral dermatitis?

In many cases, a patient diagnosed with this condition is asked to stop using any products on the face aside from Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizing cream (Cetaphil). Topical steroids are also generally avoided for this type of dermatitis.

Basic treatment for perioral dermatitis may include:

1. Elidel cream applied to the area two times a day. This usually needs a prescription to be bought.
2. Cleaning the face with Cetaphil facial cleanser.
3. Taking Cap Lumitene (Beta Carotene) 30 mg twice daily following meals for a period of 4-6 weeks.
4. Taking Tab Claritin 10 mg once daily to help lessen the itching.
5. Avoiding the use of make up, staying away from eating spicy foods and not using fluoride toothpastes.

While it may take some time, these treatments are usually successful if followed carefully.

What does spongiotic dermatitis with eosinophils, crusted mean?

This can be broken up to understand the entire meaning of the condition. Spongiosis typically means that there is swelling between the outer layers of the skin. Dermatitis means irritation or inflammation of the skin. Eosinophils are an accumulation of white blood cells within the inflammation. The crusting is basically a clinical feature that occurs when the oozing from spongiotic dermatitis begins to dry. This causes a crusty scale to appear over the affected areas. In other words, this condition means that the patient has had acute eczema for some time which has resulted in the skin drying up to look crusty and scaly.

What treatment helps with reccurring dermatitis on the hands?

Generally, a strong steroid such as Clobetasol Propionate ointment is enough to cure hand dermatitis. . In many cases, hand eczema occurs due to an irritation of the skin or an allergy and some people require an allergy test to determine the actual cause.

Precautions to be taken include applying enough moisturizer to keep the hands from becoming dry. Avoid work that involves coming into contact with too much moisture and keep away from irritants. Also, use clean, vinyl gloves for protection although wearing them for long periods can cause the hands to sweat.

Dermatitis is not only uncomfortable but may also become very embarrassing to those affected. Splotchy areas of skin and itching are common symptoms that can make going out to public places hard to deal with. If you have questions or concerns regarding dermatitis treatments, ask an Expert for medical clarity and suggestions. They can offer information both quickly and at an affordable cost.
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