Naples Dermatology PA
4085 Tamiami Trail North Suite B203, Naples. FL, 34103
Dermatitis & Eczema
Eczema or dermatitis is used to describe several varieties of inflammed, irritated skin with an itchy rash with inflamed skin.
Symptoms can range in severity from mild itching and redness to severe blistering and cracked skin. After persisting for longer periods, it can change from patches and thin plaques to thickened, rough, and darker areas induced by prolonged scratching. Sometimes it is found in children and may have a genetic basis.
Contact dermatitis, another common type of eczema, is a common skin reaction to an allergen or irritant, causing redness, inflammation, and intense itching. It may cause blisters to form on the skin.
Other types of eczema often appear on the lower legs (nummular or xerotic/dry skin eczema), on the palms and soles as small itchy blisters (dyshidrotic eczema), or on the scalp, face or chest as scaly and sometimes oily patches of skin (seborrheicdermatitis).
Dr. Scott A. Ross MD
Board Certified Dermatologist
Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
Treatment involves avoidance of irritating chemicals or allergens. Moisturizers can help if the skin is dry. Cortisone creams, ointments or lotions are often prescribed. Internal medications such as antihistamines may help alleviate the itch. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed if there is evidence of infection. Sometimes oral corticosteroids are necessary, especially in the case of contact dermatitis.