Struggling with dry and itchy skin? You may be suffering from dermatitis. Although it is true that there are people who only have a common dry skin problem, there is a chance that you have developed this condition, specially if itching is present.
The best way to know for sure if you have this condition is to consult your doctor. If he or she diagnoses you with dermatitis don’t panic. This condition -although not curable- can be successfully controlled with the aid of some medications, treatments and a change in your lifestyle.
Dermatitis means “skin inflammation” and in most cases it happens when the skin comes in contact with a substance or an allergen. This is called allergic dermatitis, and it is a common condition in the World. The cause of this reaction is still not known, but according to some studies it seems to be influenced by a genetic predisposition (family history of allergies and eczema) and an abnormal immune system function.
If the doctor determines that this is an allergic dermatitis, the first thing you need to do is avoiding the trigger, this could be a soap, a household cleaning detergent and even some perfumes and fragrances.
It is important that you avoid scratching your skin. To better cope with the itchy feeling I would recommend using cold compresses. Just leave them on the area for 10 minutes and you’ll find a lot of relief from the nasty itchy feeling.
There are other steps recommended for dermatitis and dry itchy skin if you suffer a variation of the condition.