Dermatitis is skin inflammation. When you come into contact with something in the environment that causes the irritation it is called contact dermatitis.

The most common symptom of contact dermatitis is itchy skin, which can be intense. This usually occurs on the hands, arms, face and legs. Your skin may also become sore, and you may develop painful cracks can over the backs of your fingers if it affects your hands.

At IPSA, we can offer you an appointment with a doctor who has a special interest in skin. If you are suffering from uncomfortable symptoms of dermatitis, contact us for a same-day appointment.

Treating Dermatitis at IPSA

Our experienced doctor can see you immediately and we will always take your symptoms seriously.

The doctor will discuss all available methods of treatment for you, from topical medication to put on your skin to the best form of oral medication that will help control your symptoms.

We will help you manage the condition with the most effective prescription regimen, and our doctors will provide guidance on the skin care products that are best suited to your skin condition.

We take you through a skin care regime that you can follow at home to help ease the symptoms. We will also give you the best advice on reducing redness and long-term management of your dermatitis symptoms to prevent permanent skin changes and scarring.

Our doctor will review your case and follow up carefully throughout your skin’s recovery period.

If you believe that there is an allergic component to your symptoms, we will offer you a full allergy screening.

What Causes Dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is usually started by two main environmental factors – irritants and allergens.

Irritants that can cause a flare-up include detergents or solvents that strip the skin of its natural oils. This is called irritant contact dermatitis.

Sometimes your immune system can develop a reaction to things you have come into contact with. These are called allergens and can include nickel, rubber, perfumes, and preservatives used in some creams and cosmetics.  This is called an allergic contact dermatitis.

People who suffer from asthma, eczema and hay fever tend to develop irritant contact dermatitis more easily than others. There is also often a family link.

If you are suffering symptoms of contact dermatitis, contact IPSA for treatment. Call us for a same-day appointment with an experienced doctor or book online.