There are many types of dermatitis, all characterized by irritated skin, but we tend to see a rise in symptoms for atopic dermatitis (a.k.a. eczema) during allergy season. If you have this type of dermatitis, you might notice those pollen-filled spring flowers are causing more than just a runny nose.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Martin Zaiac regularly sees patients struggling with allergy-related dermatitis at our Miami, Florida dermatology practice. If you’re in that camp, read on for more information about dermatitis triggers and treatments.
What Causes Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?
Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by dryness, irritated skin, scaly patches, rashes, and skin infections. Eczema often develops during childhood but can appear in adulthood too. While the exact cause of this noncontagious condition is unknown, a family history of atopic dermatitis could be a risk factor.
Eczema symptoms result from an overactive immune system. Unsurprisingly, you’ll likely have flares when something taxes your body (like spring allergy season). These are known as triggers and include:
- Seasonal allergies.
- An allergic reaction to food, mold, dust mites, and pet dander.
- Having a cold or flu.
- Cold or dry winter air and sudden temperature changes.
- Contact with irritants, chemicals, or rough fabrics like wool.
- Dry skin.
- Emotional stress.
Another type, allergic contact dermatitis, may share some triggers like synthetic fabrics, chemical dyes, or pet dander. Tracking and avoiding your personal dermatitis triggers can help our providers create a more effective treatment plan.
How Does a Dermatologist Treat Dermatitis?
While there isn’t a cure for atopic dermatitis, several medications can alleviate the symptoms. Treatment typically starts with topical corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors to suppress overactive immune cells and reduce inflammation.
If topical medications aren’t effective, we might recommend oral or injectable immunosuppressants until your symptoms are under control. Oral antibiotics can treat any infections that result from broken skin. In the case of a severe flare-up, we may prescribe oral corticosteroids.
Find Dermatitis Treatment in Miami, Florida
Dermatitis is an irritating skin condition, but your symptoms can be managed with the right treatment plan. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Zaiac has a reputation for utilizing safe, effective, and technologically-advanced dermatological solutions to help his patients find relief. So if you’re tired of flaky, scaly skin or itchy patches, call our Miami, Florida dermatologist practice at 305-534-8480 to book your appointment.