Understanding Dermatitis: Causes, Types and sebamed's Dermatologist-Recommended Solutions
Dermatitis, an umbrella term for skin inflammation, is a common and often perplexing skin condition that affects millions worldwide. It manifests in various forms, each with its distinct triggers and symptoms.
In this comprehensive guide, we'll embark on a journey to decipher dermatitis by exploring its different types and delving into the tell-tale signs that can help you identify and manage this skin concern more effectively.
WHAT IS DERMATITIS?
Dermatitis is a general term that describes a skin irritation.
It is a common condition that can manifest in various ways, depending on the type of dermatitis and its severity.
Here are some common signs of dermatitis:
- Redness: Inflamed skin often takes on a red or pink hue.
- Itching: Dermatitis is notorious for causing itching, sometimes intensely.
- Rashes: Raised or flat rashes, which can be bumpy, scaly, or even blistery, are common.
- Dryness: The affected skin may become excessively dry, leading to flakiness.
- Burning or Pain: Some types of dermatitis can be painful, with a burning sensation.
- Swelling: Inflammatory responses can lead to swelling in the affected area.
COMMON TYPES OF DERMATITIS
1. Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
This familiar type of dermatitis often appears during childhood and is characterised by red, itchy rashes. In adults it can manifest differently, often as scaly patches. It's commonly associated with allergic reactions and genetics.
2. Contact Dermatitis
Triggered by skin contact with irritants or allergens, this type of dermatitis results in localised redness, itching, and sometimes blisters. Occupational exposure, cosmetics, or certain plants can be the culprits.
3. Seborrheic Dermatitis
Often appearing on the scalp, face, chest, seborrheic dermatitis presents as greasy, yellowish, and scaly patches. It's associated with an overgrowth of a yeast called Malassezia in the hair follicles.
SEBAMED SOLUTIONS FOR DERMATITIS
Sebamed has an array of products to help soothe dermatitis by supporting and maintaining the skin's natural barrier, whether it be unexpected, chronic or re-appearing.