Nummular Dermatitis Treatment
Treatment for nummular dermatitis usually includes gentle skin cleansing, moisturizing creams or lotions, oral antihistamines, and topical corticosteroids. Oral corticosteroids may be prescribed for some patients.
Treatment for nummular dermatitis may include:
- Gentle skin cleansing:
- Lukewarm or cool baths can help reduce itching
- Bathe 1 to 2 times per day
- Apply soap to groin and armpits only
- Soak for at least 20 minutes
- Apply corticosteroid ointment or petrolatum to skin after bath
- Moisturizing creams or lotions
- Apply after bath
- Wet wrap treatments for 10 minutes followed by the application of corticosteroid ointment or petrolatum to skin.
- Oral antihistamines:
- Topical corticosteroids:
- Oral corticosteroids:
- Oatmeal baths:
- Phototherapy (UVB)
- Oral antibiotics are indicated when there are signs of secondary skin infection (e.g. impetigo)
- Topical immunomodulators have been used:
Nummular Dermatitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of nummular dermatitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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