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Dermatitis

AMBULATORY CARE:

Dermatitis

is skin inflammation. You may have an itchy rash, redness, or swelling. You may also have bumps or blisters that crust over or ooze clear fluid.

Call 911 if you have any of the following symptoms of anaphylaxis:

  • Sudden trouble breathing
  • Throat swelling and tightness
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, or confusion

Seek care immediately if:

  • You develop a fever or have red streaks going up your arm or leg.
  • Your rash gets more swollen, red, or hot.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your skin blisters, oozes white or yellow pus, or has a foul-smelling discharge.
  • Your rash spreads or does not get better, even after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for dermatitis

depends on the cause of your rash. You may need medicines to help decrease itching and inflammation or treat a bacterial infection. They may be given as a topical cream, shot, or a pill.

Manage dermatitis:

  • Apply a cool compress to your rash. This will help soothe your skin.
  • Keep your skin moist. Rub unscented cream or lotion on your skin to prevent dryness and itching. Do this right after a lukewarm bath or shower when your skin is still damp.
  • Avoid skin irritants. Do not use skin irritants, such as makeup, hair products, soaps, and cleansers. Use products that do not contain fragrances or dye.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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