Dermatology

Dermatitis

What is it and what causes it?

Contact dermatitis is a common type of rash occurring as a result of irritation to the skin. It causes redness, itching and inflammation to the exposed area after coming in to contact with a particular irritant, such as a chemical or allergen.

TSC Treatment

Rashes may differ depending on the harshness of the irritant and affected area of skin and while most will subside relatively quickly, others may be longer-lasting and require more intensive treatment. Treatment options include;

  • Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams to soothe the skin and reduce itchiness.
  • Antihistamine medications may be used to reduce the symptoms of an allergic response.
  • Prescription medications and topical creams may be required for more severe or persistent presentations.
  • Allergy patch testing may be beneficial to determine the exact causative agent of recurrent episodes of dermatitis.