Dermatitis refers to inflammation of the skin. This can be due to a variety of factors ranging from an allergic reaction, irritants encountered at your job, or other health conditions. Patients with dermatitis will experience irritated or itchy rashes that can, in some cases, spread or lead to open sores. The most common types of dermatitis include atopic dermatitis (eczema), seborrheic dermatitis, and contact dermatitis. If you suffer from dermatitis, a dermatologist can offer solutions including topical medications, steroids, antihistamines, or light therapy.

Hives (Urticaria)

Hives are itchy welts that form on the skin due to allergic reactions to medication, food, or environmental irritants. Some hives are caused by mechanical or physical triggers, such as pressure or certain temperatures (hot/cold), among others. Hives are known by dermatologists as urticaria. They are typically raised and may be red, pink, or flesh-colored. In addition to itching, hives may sting or otherwise cause pain. While many hives will quickly resolve on their own and may not require treatment, other patients may face more severe or persistent hives. An experienced dermatologist like Dr. Damstetter can help relieve persistent hives as well as help prevent future breakouts by identifying the cause of your hives.

Skin Allergies (Allergic Contact Dermatitis)

The skin can develop allergic reactions from a range of triggers, including household cleaning products, metals, fragrances, cosmetics, medications or plants like poison ivy. This can happen at any time, even if you previously tolerated a product. Skin allergies typically consist of redness, intense itching, hives, and/or inflammation. During your dermatology appointment, Dr. Damstetter can help relieve your allergic contact dermatitis symptoms, help you determine the cause of your reaction, and help you avoid future allergic reactions if possible. Antihistamines, corticosteroids, and topical medications are common treatment options for allergic contact dermatitis.

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