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Dermatitis Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Most mild to moderate dermatitis can be treated at home.
  • Try OTC hydrocortisone creams and a good skin care routine.
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When you may need a provider

  • Your dermatitis hasn’t improved after 2–3 weeks of home treatment.
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Emergency Care

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Call 911 or go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Hives
  • A swollen tongue or throat
  • A weak and rapid pulse
  • Feeling dizzy or faint

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When to see a healthcare provider

Consider seeing a dermatologist or other healthcare provider if non-specific dermatitis symptoms, such as raised red bumps and itching, don’t improve after 2–3 weeks of home treatment. They can help you figure out what’s causing the dermatitis, discuss a treatment and prevention plan, and suggest prescription medications for your dermatitis

Getting diagnosed for dermatitis

A doctor can usually diagnose non-specific dermatitis based on your symptoms. But because there are several other types of dermatitis (and other skin conditions that may look similar to non-specific dermatitis), they may order tests to rule them out. Tests include a blood test, skin biopsy, or an allergy skin test.

What to expect from your visit

  • Your healthcare provider will ask you about the type and severity of your symptoms and any home treatments you’ve tried.
  • They may recommend prescription creams or lotion, like hydrocortisone.
  • They will also discuss a skin care routine to help prevent and treat it. This may include heavy-duty moisturizers.

Prescription medication for dermatitis

  • Hydrocortisone cream

Types of dermatitis providers

  • A primary care provider can treat non-specific dermatitis symptoms.
  • A dermatologist specializes in skin health. They can do additional testing to rule out other types of dermatitis and may be more knowledgeable about treatment options.
  • An allergist may be recommended if your doctor thinks you should have allergy testing.
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