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How do I Choose the Best Dermatitis Treatment?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 13 August 2018
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Treating any type of skin condition requires the proper identification of the ailment. Once identified, it is possible to develop a plan of action to bring about healing. Because there are varying types of skin problems, the most effective dermatitis treatment will depend on the nature and the status of the particular skin problem. Here are some examples of treatments that may be ideal, depending on the situation.

In some cases, the origin of a skin irritation is connected with some sort of allergy. When exposed to a given allergen, the individual may develop a skin rash or experience the appearance of itchy dry skin, such as with eczema. When this is the case, the dermatitis treatment usually involves attacking the condition from two angles. First, topical creams may be administered to restore the balance of moisture in the rough, dry skin. In addition, medication to minimize the reaction to the allergen may also be prescribed.

Another means of dealing with itching from exposure to some type of irritant involves the use of wet dressings to ease pain and expedite the healing process. This type of dermatitis treatment requires the application of ointments or creams to the affected section of skin, then wrapping the section with cotton bandages that were soaked in a solution prepared by the doctor. The combination can help retain moisture in the skin and help heal any infections or sores that may have developed.

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Light therapy is another example of dermatitis treatment that may be the best option in some situations. The use of directed UVA and UVB light treatments can help to stimulate the production of healthy skin cells, allowing the natural processes of the body to take over and facilitate healing. Usually, the intensity and the duration of the light treatments are monitored closely, helping to ensure the patient receives just the right amount of concentrated light to aid in healing.

For most patients, a qualified physician can assess the status and nature of the skin condition, and begin an effective dermatitis treatment immediately. Often, the treatment can be continued at home, following instructions provided by the attending physician. Follow-up visits to the doctor will help to determine if the selected treatment is bringing about the desired results. If not, an alternative dermatitis treatment can be engaged.

In the event that the dermatitis does not respond to the use of skin creams or wet dressings, it may be necessary to admit the patient into a hospital or clinic. There, doctors can pursue more aggressive forms of dermatitis treatment, such as the used of immunosuppressive medications or the controlled use of strong corticosteroids.

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