Dermatitis: scratching until it hurts
The word dermatitis comes from two Greek words and
simply means skin inflammation. The skin becomes dry,
itchy, red and irritated, and sufferers often scratch their skin until
it becomes painful or even bleeds.
Healthy skin provides a barrier that protects the body from
infection or irritation. Normal skin cells are filled with and
surrounded by water and oils which help form a protective layer,
keeping the skin cells together and acting as a seal against the
In dermatitis, the skin cells do not produce as much sebum or
oil as in healthy skin. This compromises the protective barrier,
allowing water to escape and allergens and irritants to enter.
In older people the most common form of dermatitis is simply
dry skin due to lack of production of sebum. It causes itching,
which then results in red, irritated skin.
In young people the most common type of dermatitis is eczema
(atopic dermatitis), an inherited condition. The skin produces
less sebum, as well as less of a protein that helps to provide a
healthy protective barrier.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
such as sodium lauryl sulphate, perfumes, detergents,
1-2 weeks only as thinning of skin may occur. Weleda Rose-Calendula Creme
There are many treatments available and it's important to find
what's right for you. Contact us for more information.