Atopic dermatitis is an itchy, red, and scaly rash that is most common in early childhood or among those who have a family history of the condition or eczema. It is most commonly found on the knees or arms but may appear virtually anywhere on the body. Typically, a dermatologist will advise patients to avoid certain irritants like soaps and can prescribe ointments or other treatments to relieve itching.
Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction from a substance or material that is in direct contact with the skin. Some common irritants include cosmetics, soaps, fragrances, metals on jewelry, or plants such as poison ivy. A dermatologist can help you determine the source of your allergic contact dermatitis and prescribe medications or topicals to relieve the rash and itching.
Various conditions can cause skin sensitivity and itching, ranging from environmental factors like cool or dry air to household cleaning products to insect bites. Itching and sensitivity may be accompanied by hives or rashes and can be localized to one area or experienced all over the skin. If you are facing itchy or sensitive skin but are unsure what the cause may be, Dr. Damstetter can help determine why you are experiencing these symptoms and establish a care plan that will help. If over-the-counter treatments and home remedies have not been successful in relieving your itching, scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist is your best option.
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To learn more about eczema and related issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Liz Damstetter. During your appointment, Dr. Damstetter can make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that will relieve your symptoms. To schedule your first appointment at Reserve Dermatology, call our Glenview, IL office or contact us online.