Dermatitis refers to a variety of inflammatory skin conditions caused by allergens or irritating substances. This is one of the most common skin conditions that affect millions of Americans. It’s important to see your dermatology-certified provider to determine the specific form of dermatitis you have so that the right treatments can be prescribed. 

What is Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a common skin condition that is not dangerous but can be uncomfortable. Dermatitis caused red, inflamed, itchy, or flaking patches of skin. These irritated skin patches can develop on any area of the body, including the scalp. Different types of dermatitis are more common in different areas. Each type also has its own causes and triggering factors.

What Causes Dermatitis?

Some of the most common types of dermatitis include the following:

Contact Dermatitis (Allergic Rash)

Contact dermatitis develops when the skin comes in contact with allergens like poison ivy or irritants like chemicals in certain fragrances, cleaning supplies, or other chemical substances. The result is a painfully itchy red skin rash that can take 2-4 weeks to clear up.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) 

Eczema is caused by a weak or damaged skin barrier that is unable to protect the skin from irritants or bacteria. This is a common skin condition that develops as dry, itchy, flaking skin. Skin crusting and swelling can also occur in more severe cases. 

Nummular Dermatitis

Raised, circular itchy patches of skin are the main symptom of nummular dermatitis. Open sores can also develop and spread around the affected area. 

Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap) 

Seborrheic dermatitis is often referred to as cradle cap because this skin condition affects the scalps of infants. Look for yellow scaly patches surrounded by a red rash.

Stasis Dermatitis

Stasis dermatitis is caused by fluid buildup and lack of proper blood flow to the lower legs. Skin thickening, itchy patches of skin, and open sores are some of the main symptoms of stasis dermatitis. Patients may also have swollen ankles and bulging varicose veins.

How to Treat Dermatitis?

Treatments for dermatitis vary, depending on the specific type and your individual symptoms. In general, applying a cool, wet compress to the affected skin, taking warm baths, frequently moisturizing the skin, and wearing cotton clothing can ease your symptoms. If your skin rash does not improve within a few days, schedule a consultation with your dermatologist. 

Ryan Patterson, DCNP, is a Dermatology-Certified Nurse Practitioner at Biltmore Dermatology, and he along with his provider team can create a personalized treatment plan for you. Common treatments for dermatitis include corticosteroid creams, antihistamines, moisturizers, oral medications, and injection therapies. These treatments will remove scaly lesions and prevent new ones from forming while reducing inflammation and itchiness.


If you have an immediate concern, you want to find quality care as soon as possible. Our office takes walk-in appointments and will be happy to address your concerns and offer you immediate treatment suggestions and medical care.


Dermatitis Maintenance

Patients can try a few at-home remedies and preventative measures to limit the risk of a dermatitis flare-up. Keep your skin moisturized with special moisturizers, use gentle detergents, and avoid harsh chemicals to prevent dermatitis flare-ups. Take notice of certain products that lead to skin irritation. For children with eczema or other forms of dermatitis, limit their bath time and use fragrance-free cleansers.

Dermatitis is a very uncomfortable condition to live with, but there are many ways to help to make the progression better. During a consultation with Biltmore Dermatology, we can recommend the best products from our extensive in-house dispensary to supplement your daily skincare.

Schedule a Consultation

Dermatitis can be uncomfortable but there are many ways we can ease your symptoms. To learn more about dermatitis treatments, schedule a consultation today at our Terre Haute or stop by for a walk-in appointment.


Ryan is State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, he is board certified as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. He has 20+ years of Dermatology Experience.

Meet The Team

“I had a walk in today and this was my first time here. The staff was very nice and polite! Would definitely recommend this business for all your Dermatology needs!!!” – Warren H.

“I could not be more pleased with my visit today. Everyone was especially nice and compassionate. I had a procedure done and was in and out within an hour!! Highly recommend.” – Debbie E.

“My wife and I had our first visit to Biltmore Dermatology. Doctor and staff were very friendly and helpful. Was able and willing to answer all our questions that we brought up. So thankful to have staff with attitudes of caring when having to go through a stressful medical condition. My wife and I thank you.” – William P.




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