Dermatitis --Causes and Top 10
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August 5, 2011, last updated November 20, 2014

By Louise Carr
, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist





Dermatitis is not usually life-threatening but the itchy, irritating
skin condition can certainly lower your quality of life. Dermatitis
can make it difficult to carry on with everyday activities, to sleep
peacefully and to exercise. And because dermatitis affects the
most visible organ of your body -- the skin -- it can make you
feel embarrassed and uncomfortable.

Dermatitis is distressing, and it’s common. Atopic dermatitis
affects around 10 to 20 percent of children and two percent of
adults in America (Ong PY, Leung DY. Immune dysregulation in
atopic dermatitis, 2006). According to the National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) the prevalence of
contact dermatitis is 13.6 cases per 1,000 people. And the
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says almost 50
million Americans suffer from allergies, while seven percent of
allergy sufferers have skin allergies as their primary allergy.

Just what is dermatitis? What causes dermatitis and how can
you get rid of dermatitis without scratching that itch? Are there
any natural remedies that are effective against dermatitis?

What are the Symptoms of Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is not just one condition; in fact dermatitis is a wide-
ranging term that describes inflammation of the skin. There are
actually different types of dermatitis and they all cause slightly
different symptoms. What all forms of dermatitis have in
common is skin irritation – usually some kind of reddened,
swollen, irritated or itchy skin.

Contact dermatitis is a rash produced by contact with irritants.

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a common chronic
itchy condition that produces a rash. Over time, this form of
dermatitis can cause chronic changes in the skin and make it
more likely for the skin to become infected.

Neurodermatitis is a dermatitis condition that appears on certain
areas of your skin. It usually starts because a skin irritation
leads you to repeatedly scratch yourself in that area, causing a
patch of dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis is the itchy, flaky scalp and facial condition
that can cause dandruff. You’ll notice a red rash, and yellowy or
oily scales. This type of dermatitis usually occurs on the scalp.

Stasis dermatitis is a skin condition often brought about by a
build-up of fluid on the legs.

Perioral dermatitis is a bumpy rash that occurs around the
mouth.

What are the Causes of Dermatitis?































As each form of dermatitis produces different symptoms, each
has its own range of causes. The list of dermatitis suspects is
long – a whole host of health conditions, mental factors,
allergies, and irritants are thought to cause an outbreak of itchy
dermatitis. Trying to pin down the cause of your dermatitis can
be like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Contact dermatitis is caused by contact with irritants of
substances that trigger allergies, like poison ivy or hair dye.
Common irritants that you bring into your home include laundry
soap, cleaning products and skin soaps. Irritating allergens may
include metals like nickel, as well as rubber, perfumes and
cosmetics.

According to a 2006 study from the Mayo Clinic, at the top of
the list of irritants are nickel, gold, Balsam of Peru fragrance, a
mercury compound used in local antiseptic, a topical antibiotic,
fragrance mixes found in soaps and cosmetics, formaldehyde,
cobalt chloride, and a preservative found in shampoo, self
tanning products and sunscreen.

Mobile Phone Dermatitis

Even your mobile phone could cause dermatitis. According to
2008 research from the British Association of Dermatologists
"mobile phone dermatitis" occurs when people spend long
periods of time chatting on their cell and develop an allergic
reaction to the phone's nickel coating and menu buttons.

Other cases of mobile phone dermatitis are being reported
around the world. In 2010, researchers from the Skin and
Cancer Foundation in Australia reported the case of a 39-year-
old man with resistant facial dermatitis who was found to be
allergic to the nickel casing of his cell phone.

And mobile phone dermatitis cases have spiked since 2000,
according to a 2014 study jointly led by Dr. Jacob Thyssen of
the Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark and
research colleague Clare Richardson of Loma Linda School of
Medicine in California.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is often associated with allergies and is seen to
run in families who suffer from hay fever or asthma. If you have
a genetic tendency to suffer from allergic conditions, you are
more likely to suffer from atopic dermatitis. However, it seems
humans have an unlikely ally in helping to prevent atopic
dermatitis – women who spend time close to cats and farm
animals in pregnancy have children with a lower risk of
developing atopic dermatitis.

The 2010 study from the University of Zurich looked at children
in rural areas in Austria, Germany, Finland, France and
Switzerland and suggested environmental factors as well as
genes affect the developing immune system, which alters the
chances of children developing atopic dermatitis.

Climate also affects children with atopic dermatitis, according to
a 2009 study from the University of Valencia, Spain which links
the condition with rainy and humid areas. Researchers found
significant differences in the prevalence of atopic dermatitis
depending on the climatic region in Spain the children lived in.
The sunnier the climate, the fewer the cases of this type of
dermatitis. The rainier and the more humid the area, the greater
the chances of dermatitis.

Stasis dermatitis is caused by fluid building up under the skin on
the legs, usually because the circulation in this area is slow and
inefficient. Causes include varicose veins.

Neurodermatitis happens for a number of reasons, most
commonly due to dry skin or a chronic irritation on the skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a tricky one to pin down – it could be
caused by seasonal variations in the climate, it could be down to
genetics, or physical stress, or travel.

Perioral dermatitis could possibly be caused by makeup,
moisturizers or topical corticosteroids – many of the products
you put on your face to try to hide the dermatitis.

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Dermatitis

Treatment options for dermatitis depend on the type of
dermatitis you suffer from, the severity and the treatments you
have tried in the past. First steps include avoiding allergen
triggers, treatments to stop you scratching, cool baths and wet
compresses to ease the irritation. It’s worth remembering that
some hydrocortisone and other topical, medicated lotions and
creams can themselves cause skin irritation, skin thinness and
problems in the sunlight. We’ve looked at the scientific evidence
to see if there are any effective natural remedies to help your
dermatitis.

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Black Rice Bran Can Help Soothe Dermatitis Inflammation


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