Advanced Treatment Options in the San Diego Area
Dr. Melanie Palm is a nationally recognized dermatologist serving patients in the San Diego area. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of many types of dermatitis, including contact dermatitis, eczema, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and more. Dr. Palm’s offices are located in Solana Beach, just north of San Diego, CA.
What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis simply means “inflammation of the skin.” It is an umbrella term that encompasses many skin conditions ranging from eczema (atopic dermatitis) to rashes caused by poison ivy (rhus dermatitis). Common forms of dermatitis include:
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a chronic skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin. It can appear almost anywhere on the body and can affect children and adults alike.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when someone develops true sensitization to a chemical, ingredient, and even certain plants over time, resulting in a skin eruption. Common causes of allergic contact dermatitis include poison ivy/poison sumac, cosmetics (including fragrances, preservatives), chemical sunscreens, nickel, hair dye, and certain fabrics and materials of shoes and clothing. Patients with eczema may more easily develop allergic contact dermatitis than others unaffected by this skin condition.
Eyelid dermatitis is a regional eczema or allergic contact dermatitis in the delicate skin around the eyes. The most common cause of eyelid dermatitis is an irritating substance transferred from the hands or fingernails to the thin skin of the eyelids. In these cases, nail lacquer, acrylic nails, glue, epoxy hardeners, insect sprays, fragrances, cosmetics, or harsh detergents may be implicated. The eyelid region appears red, swollen flaky, or crusted. The skin often burns or itches.
How is Dermatitis Treated?
There are several dermatitis treatment options available, depending on the type, location, and severity of the inflammation. Treatment options include:
- Avoiding the triggering chemical, food, or substance
- Topical corticosteroid creams / ointments (over the counter or prescription)
- Topical anti-inflammatory medication
- Topical calcineurin inhibitors
- Gentle skin care
- Rich emollient based moisturizers incorporating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides
If you are in the San Diego area and would like to discuss dermatitis treatment options, call Dr. Melanie Palm at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to schedule your appointment