SkinCare in Wellesley, MA

There are several types of dermatitis, but no matter the specific type of dermatitis you are suffering from, an experienced dermatologist can help relieve itching, dryness, and redness. Dr. Rashel Goodkin is a Harvard-educated dermatologist who understands dermatitis and effective treatment options for patients in the Boston area.

What is Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a word that describes inflammation in the skin and can be a part of many rashes experienced by patients. The rashes can cause irritation, swelling, itching, dryness, or redness. There are many types of dermatitis, including allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and dandruff. Dermatitis is not contagious.

Symptoms of Dermatitis

The symptoms of dermatitis vary depending on the type each patient is experiencing. For example:

  • Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, results in rough, dry, and itchy patches on the skin
  • Contact dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction or irritation after contact with a substance that develops into a rash which may sting, itch, or blister
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis, which results in itchy, dry skin and small blisters, particularly on the hands and feet
  • Seborrheic dermatitis, which is dry, scaly patches on the scalp, known as cradle cap in infants or dandruff in children and adults

Causes of Dermatitis

Dermatitis can be caused by various issues including contact with an allergen, environmental factors, genetic factors, or triggers including stress and hormonal changes. Finally, certain behaviors can trigger dermatitis. For example, those who have to frequently wash and dry their hands, such as healthcare workers, often deal with dermatitis as the skin’s protective oils are removed.

Treatment for Dermatitis

Treatments for dermatitis vary depending on the specific diagnosis and the underlying cause. For some patients topical corticosteroids may be used to reduce swelling and encourage healing or calcineurin inhibitors which affect the immune system in the skin to reduce itching and other symptoms. For severe symptoms, Dr. Goodkin may also prescribe an corticosteroid to relieve dermatitis. Finally, light therapy, also known as phototherapy, may be recommended for dermatitis patients. This involves controlled exposure to natural or artificial light to reduce dermatitis symptoms. There are also other kinds of dermatitis, such as perioral dermatitis, that would need different treatments entirely.

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Goodkin’s office at 781.227.7977 or request your appointment through our online form.