Skin irritation and causes
Most patients who come to see us about, “Problems with my skin,” are diagnosed with Contact dermatitis. This is generally an inflammatory reaction of the skin, that occurs after exposure to certain substances. Our skin is the largest organ of the human body. It protects our body from environmental harm and it also plays a major role in our appearance and beauty. Over the course of our lifetime, our skin will be exposed to tens of thousands of substances. Many of these substances can cause contact dermatitis. Ironically, even substances that promote good health can cause contact dermatitis. Products such as cosmetics, shampoos, pets, and clothing may contain potentially irritating components.
Recognizing contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis can affect anyone to varying degrees. Symptoms can range from mild redness of the skin, to a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Substances such as soaps, foods, and water can be considered mild irritants. Continued exposure to these substances is the beginning of mild contact dermatitis. Over time, patients will gradually notice symptoms such as dry, chapped, and flaking skin; and patches of scaly skin. Each time an irritant touches the skin, patients will feel stinging and/or burning. In advanced stages, the skin may crack and become excessively dry. Sores and blisters can eventually develop and evolve into crusty and scaly skin.
Treatment for contact dermatitis
Finding the cause of your contact dermatitis often requires a bit of detective work. Your Charlotte dermatologist will gather a comprehensive medical and family history. You can expect to be asked questions about your job, hobbies, diet, and skin care treatments. Your dermatologist may advocate patch testing for substances that are highly suspect. This is a safe and effective way to find out if your skin has developed sensitivities to those substances. If it is determined that one of these substances is something that is common on your job, you can still avoid a rash. Your dermatologist has a number of effective solutions that can heal and protect your skin. Over 80% of dermatology patients who are diagnosed with work related dermatitis, manages the condition without any problems.
Treatment for contact dermatitis in Charlotte, NC
If you have a problem with itching or irritated skin, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. In addition to chemical peels, they provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They are equipped for treatment of both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a complementary consultation to determine your specific needs.