Dermatitis is a general term for inflammation of the skin. This all-encompassing term can have many causes and presents in many different forms. The skin can feel itchy, scaly, red, bumpy, and even burning. The source of the inflammation and an official diagnosis must first be identified before further treatment can be recommended.
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a very common and chronic skin disease seen in both kids and adults. It is a reaction in the skin, often exacerbated by dry skin or stress, that causes itching of red, scaly patches of skin.
Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as dandruff, is a common rash caused by the yeast pityrosporon ovale growing on the skin. It often occurs on the scalp, face, or chest.
Perioral dermatitis is a rash that occurs on the face around the mouth, eyes, or both. This rash is a form of rosacea that is often caused by the diet or stress. This rash manifests as groups of itchy or tender small red bumps that appear most around the mouth on the sides of the chin, then spread to include upper lip and cheeks.
Contact dermatitis is a kind of skin inflammation that occurs when substances touching your skin cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Common allergens and irritants that cause this rash are skincare products, fragrances, metal jewelry, plants, etc.
Phytophotodermatitis is a skin condition in which the skin becomes sensitive to sunlight after having contact with certain plant-derived substances, such as from celery, wild parsnip, carrots, and citrus fruits (lemons and limes). It can also be caused by contact with fragrances, such as perfumes.
In order to determine the cause and treatment of your rash, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lily by calling our office at (703) 356-5111.