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Dermatitis


Dermatitis:  Dermatitis is an itchy inflammation of the skin. It is not contagious or dangerous but it can be uncomfortable. There are many types of dermatitis, including allergic dermatitis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis which causes dandruff.  Eczema is a chronic condition and symptoms may come and go.

Symptoms are itching, pain, stinging, burning, blisters, thick or scaly skin and sores from scratching. Contact dermatitis can be caused by allergic reactions, for example, to poison oak or ivy or soaps, or detergents. Seborrheic dermatitis may be caused by oily skin or hair or brought on by stress.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema): The exact cause is unknown but may be due to a combination of dry skin and an autoimmune reaction. People who have eczema often have other allergies. Atopic dermatitis is a long-term condition. You can control it with treatment, by avoiding irritants, and by keeping the skin well-moisturized.

In children, the condition often starts to go away around age 5 - 6, but flare-ups will often occur. In adults, the problem is generally a long-term or returning condition.

Call  your doctor if:
  • Atopic dermatitis does not get better with home care 
  • Symptoms get worse or treatment does not work
  • You have signs of infection (such as fever, redness, or pain)

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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