Dermatitis is commonly diagnosed as Eczema. While the symptoms are very similar, Dermatitis is the body’s reaction to external irritants, while Eczema is an internal affliction. There are many forms of Dermatitis, but they all basically boil down to one thing – dry, itchy, flaky and inflamed skin. If left untreated, flaking usually leads to scratching, and the inflammation can turn into a secondary infection. Additionally as people get get older it becomes more and more difficult for them to keep their skin moisturized.
Each year as the winter season rolls around dry skin can progressively worsen. The itching, flaking and cracking of your skin can become more of a problem as the weather gets colder and we turn on the heaters. The heaters naturally dry out our skin and contribute greatly to a sometimes already serious case of dermatitis.
Staphylococcus Aureus and other bacteria are present on 90% of dermatitis cases. Bacteria binds more readily to skin that is inflamed and can worsen the dermatitis outbreak because of secretions called super-antigens. These allergy-inducing substances activate the immune cells in the skin, causing them to release substances that further increase inflammation. Therefore, controlling bacteria on the skin can help control your dermatitis. It is for this reason anti-microbial solutions are commonly used in dermatitis therapy.
Symptoms of Dermatitis occur differently in each person that is affected by the condition and usually differ with every recurring flare-up. Most of the symptoms are irritations caused by scratching the itchy skin.
Dermatitis symptoms can also lead to difficulties sleeping. If the skin is damaged from scratching, secondary infections may also occur. The various symptoms range from very mild (rashes) to extremely painful and severe cases (cracked, bloody, scabby, and drawn skin) that can scar and keep people from enjoying a normal and full life. Below is a list of some more common symptoms of Dermatitis: