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what increases my risk for dermatitis?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Not specific enough: "dermatitis" just means "inflammation of the skin". In other words, pretty much every rash is a "dermatitis". Without a more specific idea of what is going on, it is impossible to recommend treatment. Even if you are using "dermatitis" as a synonym for "eczema" (as some do), the possibilities are still too broad, since there are so many different kinds of eczema.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Dermatitis: A number of health conditions, allergies, genetic factors, physical and mental stressors, and irritants can cause dermatitis.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How can you minimize the risk of developing dermatitis?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Hydrate your skin: While there is not a cure for eczema, there are many things you can do to take care of your skin and reduce the dryness and itching. 1. Avoid hot shower-- the hot water removes the skin’s natural protective oils 2. Use mild soaps that won't strip off natural oil from your skin. 3. Moisturize frequently. The best time to moisturize is right when you step out of the shower.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a natural way to treat dermatitis?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: Essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil and zinc can be helpful.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is dermatitis treatable?

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Dr. Damian Cornacchia
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: In most cases, dermatitis is treatable, but there are many different reasons for dermatitis, i.e. Infection rash, sunburn, chemical exposure. Dermatitis is a broad term meaning "inflammation of the skin". Depending on the cause will determine the treatment.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Does dermatitis cause anything really bad if untreated?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Possible: Dermatitis (another name for eczema) is not inherently dangerous, but it tends to itch, which makes it miserable. Constant scratching leads to infection (impetigo), bleeding, and scarring. Since most types of dermatitis can be easily controlled by a dermatologist, it makes no sense to take those risks by leaving the condition untreated.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is bad to masturbate when you have dermatitis?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Generally not.: Depending on how pervasive the process is, there may be specific limitations. However, as a rule, I am not aware of a contraindication.

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