Dermatitis is a broad term that refers to inflammation of the skin. It is a common condition that can have various causes and manifestations. Dermatitis can be acute or chronic and may result from exposure to irritants, allergens, infections, or underlying medical conditions. Here are some key points about dermatitis:

  1. Types of Dermatitis:
    • Contact Dermatitis: This type of dermatitis occurs when the skin comes into contact with an irritant or allergen. It can be further divided into irritant contact dermatitis (caused by direct irritation) and allergic contact dermatitis (caused by an allergic reaction).
    • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and is often associated with a family history of allergies and asthma.
    • Seborrheic Dermatitis: This type of dermatitis typically affects areas rich in oil glands, such as the scalp (causing dandruff), face, and chest.
    • Nummular Dermatitis: Nummular dermatitis results in coin-shaped patches of irritated skin, often on the legs and buttocks.
    • Dyshidrotic Dermatitis: This form of dermatitis primarily affects the hands and feet, causing small, itchy blisters.
  2. Symptoms: Dermatitis can manifest with a range of symptoms, including redness, itching, swelling, rash, blisters, peeling, and sometimes oozing or crusting of the skin. The specific symptoms can vary depending on the type of dermatitis and its underlying cause.
  3. Causes: Dermatitis can be triggered by various factors, including exposure to chemicals, soaps and skincare with harsh ingredients, cosmetics, allergens (such as certain metals or plants), insect bites, microbial infections (bacterial, fungal, or viral), genetics (as in the case of atopic dermatitis), and environmental factors like dry or cold weather.
  4. Treatment: Treatment for dermatitis depends on its type and severity. It may involve:
    • Avoiding triggers and irritants.
    • Using topical products to sooth and ease itching it but use only natural products and soap that won’t irritate the skin.
    • Moisturising the skin regularly.
    • Goat milk based soaps and skincare
    • Using only healthy, chemical free and non toxic products – both skincare and household cleaners
    • Consult a Naturopath to deal with any gut related issues as skin conditions can be related to internal factors like gut health.
  5. Prevention: Preventing dermatitis often involves identifying and avoiding the specific triggers or irritants that cause the condition. This may require changes in personal care products, clothing, or lifestyle habits.