Dermatitis – Eczema
Do you feel uncomfortable by the itchy, tenderness or discomfort of a skin condition called dermatitis? Dr. Steve Musick, and his team of highly skilled dermatology professionals are here to help you. We treat all ages of patients in the Swansea, IL and metropolitan St. Louis area.
WHAT IS DERMATITIS?
Dermatitis is a skin disorder that appears as itchy red rashes with inflammation. Dermatitis most frequently appears in the creases of the areas of arms, legs and neck and the face.
TYPES OF DERMATITIS
Contact Dermatitis – a skin reaction that comes from an allergic reaction to a chemical, soap, laundry detergent, fragrances, hair dyes, a plant, etc. It is difficult to diagnose the exact allergen and allergen patch testing may be required to pinpoint the cause.
Atopic Dermatitis – commonly known as childhood eczema, this condition causes the skin to itch, crack, swell and may even blister. Atopic dermatitis is thought to be a condition in which the child is born with the skin missing a key element that moisturizes and protects the skin. Children with atopic dermatitis also have an increased likelihood of developing asthma and hay fever.
Seborrheic Dermatitis – this rash appears as a scaly redness on the face and scalp and may appear on the chest, back or genitals. When seborrheic dermatitis appears on the face, it usually appears near the eyebrows, ears, or along the side of the nose. Dandruff, or scaling of the scalp, is a symptom of seborrheic dermatitis.
Stasis Dermatitis – usually caused by poor vein function in the legs, this condition is usually associated with leg swelling. and is most common with people suffering from congestive heart failure and varicose vein conditions. When the veins in the lower legs fail to properly pump blood up the legs and back to the heart, the legs swell up and this swelling leads to redness and irritation of the skin. This most commonly appears below the knees.
Nummular Dermatitis – this condition appears as red, coin-shaped, scaly skin located on the torso, legs, and arms. It is more common in men and usually appears between the ages of 55-65 years of age. It is more common in cold, dry conditions.
TREATMENT OF DERMATITIS
Dermatitis can be treated and usually responds to a prescription cream. If necessary, Dr. Steve Musick may also prescribe an oral medication to relieve the severe itching and rash.
Dr. Steve Musick is a Board-Certified Dermatologist by The American Board of Dermatology and treats all types of skin conditions in the Swansea, IL and St. Louis metropolitan area. There are numerous treatments that Dr. Musick and his team can perform and it is best to make an appointment for proper evaluation of any skin condition to rule out any possibility of skin cancer.
To make an appointment, call Musick Dermatology & Advanced Clinical Spa in Swansea, IL today at 618-628-2588. We accept most health insurance programs.