Dermatitis Home Care
Home care for dermatitis includes:
- Avoid substances that trigger dermatitis.
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
- Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
- Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
- Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
- Use hypoallergenic cosmetics.
- Use hypoallergenic soap.
- Avoid exposure to the sun.
- Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
- Apply sunscreen that blocks UV radiation.
- Wear a hat.
- Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
- Wear all cotton clothing.
- Oral antihistamines for itching:
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
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Dermatitis Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have dermatitis and any of the following:
- Facial swelling
- Worsening blisters
- Worsening skin peeling
- Rash that covers more than one quarter of the body
- Increased skin redness and pain:
- Cellulitis of the face
- Cellulitis of the ear
- Cellulitis of the arm
- Cellulitis of the hand
- Cellulitis of the leg
- Cellulitis of the foot
- Cellulitis of the abdomen
- Cellulitis of the breast
- Yellow-brown scabs or pus on the skin
- Red streaks on the skin:
Continue to Dermatitis Underlying Cause
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