Problems with my skin: Living with contact dermatitis

contact dermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Springtime allergies and skin conditions We have begun to hear from those who say that they dread the advent of spring because they have, “Problems with my skin.” Spring season and all of its allergens is on its way in many parts of the country. Anyone who is affected by contact dermatitis should stop and think about your skin. For example, gardening or tending to your landscape can be therapeutic for most of us. For some, it can be a challenging ordeal that will lead to unsightly and uncomfortable irritation of the skin. Others develop problems because they take medications that carry a side effect of sun sensitivity. For them, a few hours of pleasant activity can lead to a week or two looking like a lobster because of medication. It is important for everyone that we take simple precautions such as taking a shower or washing exposed areas after working or playing outdoors. A simple 5-minute shower can remove allergens such as pollens and mold spores from your skin and your hair. Recognizing contact dermatitis Contact dermatitis affect individuals to varying degrees. Some may experience only mild redness and itching, while the truly unfortunate individuals can suffer a severe…

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Eczema treatment from your Ballantyne dermatologist

Neurodermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Are you suffering with eczema? There is no doubt that there is a bit of confusion or a misconception regarding eczema. Eczema is actually a collective term for a common group of skin conditions. These conditions have one big thing in common, they are all characterized by inflamed, dry, skin that is very itchy. People of all ages can be afflicted with some form of eczema. Children can be affected by eczema as early as their first year of life, with the appearance of dry and scaly patches that often appear on the scalp, forehead, and face. It seems that regardless of where it appears, eczema is often very itchy. Rubbing or scratching the skin, in an effort to relieve the itch, can lead to skin infection. Diagnosing eczema Most of the skin conditions that are characterized as eczema are chronic. To diagnose eczema, your dermatologist will need to know your symptoms and medical history. You will be expected to share information about your family history with regard to rashes and allergy-related conditions. Of the different types of eczema, the most common is called atopic dermatitis, which typically runs in the family according to top Ballantyne dermatologists. It is also…

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Ballantyne dermatologist explains dermatitis

contact dermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Understanding contact dermatitis Adults and children in the Charlotte area seek treatment from a Ballantyne dermatologist because of contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis, otherwise known as ACD, develops when someone’s skin has an allergic reaction to any substance placed on the skin. When we hear the term, our first concerns lean towards the dangerous chemicals in household cleaning products. However, contact dermatitis can be caused by helpful products that are designed to be placed on our skin such as: antibiotic creams hand soaps shampoos lotions perfumes makeup Virtually any product or material can make the skin react and develop an itchy, red, scaling rash. If the reaction is severe, blisters may occur. Your dermatologist can recommend and provide the proper medical treatment that can diminish or to control the symptoms. The offending allergen is usually revealed after a comprehensive examination and patch testing. Irritation of the skin Contact dermatitis is the collective term for an irritation of the skin that results in a rash caused by something that can be categorized as an allergen. The reaction to allergens will vary from one individual to another. The body’s immune system overreacts to a foreign substance, whether it is something that we…

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Understanding contact and allergic dermatitis

Dermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Sources of contact dermatitis Increasing numbers of adults and children are visiting their Charlotte dermatologist because of contact dermatitis from many of the ingredients used in household cleaning products. Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) develops when someone’s skin has an allergic reaction to any substance placed on to the skin. This can go beyond the dangerous chemicals in cleaning products. It also includes products designed to be placed on our skin such as antibiotic creams, soaps, shampoos, lotions, perfumes, and makeup. The skin typically reacts by developing an itchy, red, scaling rash. If the reaction is severe, blisters and oozing of fluid may occur. Your dermatologist can provide the proper medical treatments that can help to diminish or to control the symptoms. Usually, a comprehensive examination and patch testing is necessary to identify the offending allergen. What is Contact Dermatitis? Contact dermatitis commonly refers to an irritation of the skin that results in a rash caused by something that can be categorized as either irritant or an allergen. An irritant can be anything that causes an inflammatory reaction in your skin. The reaction can vary from one individual to another. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to…

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Skin care tips for patients with dermatitis

Dermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Skin care in the winter Many patients who suffer with dermatitis must be a little more diligent with regard to basic skin care this time of the year. Using the summertime routine for skin care may not work so well when the humidity and temperatures drop. Without a change in your skin care, you can expect to deal with fine lines and wrinkles being more noticeable. Additionally, your dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed. We want to offer some tips to help manage your dry skin condition. Washing your face Something as simple as how you wash your face can make a big difference in your appearance. Consider the following tips from your Ballantyne dermatologist to help you keep your face looking healthy: Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser Wash your face with lukewarm water Use your fingertips to apply cleanser Resist the temptation to scrub your skin Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel Apply moisturizer to dry or itchy skin Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes Limit washing to twice a day or after sweating Use unscented skin care products The idea of pleasant smelling soaps and creams is…

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