Dermatitis Specialist

Century City Allergy

Board-Certified Allergist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

If you suffer from the scaly, dry, itchy rash known as dermatitis, call on Marc Meth, MD at Century City Allergy in Los Angeles, California to determine the underlying cause of your skin condition. As a nationally recognized allergist and immunologist in West Los Angeles, Dr. Meth offers a range of options to treat your dermatitis. Call now or book an appointment online.

Dermatitis Q & A

Century City Allergy

What is dermatitis?

Your inflamed, itchy, dry skin, could mean you have dermatitis. Though it’s common to have oozy blisters with dermatitis, this condition is not contagious.

The causes of dermatitis are numerous, and the full range of treatment options depends on the type you have. There are three common forms of dermatitis.

Contact Dermatitis

When your skin comes in direct contact with something you are allergic to and causes a red, itchy rash, it’s likely you have contact dermatitis. This condition is triggered by allergens like poison ivy, makeup, hair dye, perfume, or jewelry.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Stubborn dandruff is one of the most noticeable signs of seborrheic dermatitis. This condition mainly affects the scalp but also affects areas such as your nose or ears.

Other signs of seborrheic dermatitis visible on your scalp or skin include itchy or extremely dry patches that flake off and swollen, greasy, yellowish areas.

Atopic Dermatitis

Also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis causes constant itching and is the most common form of dermatitis. Because this type has a genetic component, it’s probable that someone in your family has it too.

How is dermatitis diagnosed?

Dr. Marc Meth evaluates your skin and discusses your history with dermatitis, any known triggers, and what symptoms you experience when you have an outbreak.

A common method for diagnosing dermatitis is a patch test. Patch testing helps him determine the specific cause of your rash. Severe cases may warrant a skin sample that’s evaluated in a lab.

How is dermatitis treated?

Treatment options for dermatitis vary, depending on the type you have and how it affects your life. It’s common for Dr. Meth to prescribe one or more of the following treatments:

  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Immune modulators
  • Topical calcineurin inhibitors
  • Medicated shampoos, soaps, or lotions

Are there home remedies for dermatitis?

Dermatitis often has specific triggers, so avoiding them effectively manages your irritating symptoms. A few notable home remedies are:

  • Keeping skin moisturized
  • Applying cool, wet compresses intermittently throughout the day
  • Using natural laundry and beauty products
  • Running a humidifier
  • Avoiding overly hot showers or baths
  • Wearing loose-fitting, cotton clothing

At Century City Allergy in Los Angeles, Dr. Marc Meth provides comprehensive and compassionate support when you have dermatitis. Call today or book online now.