What Causes Dermatitis

May 11, 2024
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Dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is a skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by inflammation, redness, itching, and sometimes the formation of blisters. If you're dealing with dermatitis, it's important to understand its causes and triggers.

Causes of Dermatitis


Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes into contact with substances that trigger an allergic reaction. These can include certain metals, fragrances, preservatives, latex, and plants like poison ivy.


Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by exposure to substances that irritate the skin, such as chemicals, soaps, detergents, and solvents. Even frequent handwashing or exposure to water can contribute to this type of dermatitis.


Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to developing dermatitis. If there is a family history of eczema, asthma, or hay fever, one may be more prone to experiencing dermatitis.

Environmental Factors

Dry or cold weather, low humidity levels, and excessive heat can aggravate dermatitis symptoms. These environmental conditions can cause the skin to become dry, itchy, and more prone to irritation.


Emotional stress and mental health conditions like anxiety or depression can worsen dermatitis symptoms. Stress weakens the immune system, making the skin more reactive and susceptible to flare-ups.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause can trigger or worsen dermatitis symptoms in some individuals.

Finding Relief with Reforma Dermatology

At Reforma Dermatology, our team of experienced dermatologists understands the challenges of living with dermatitis and offers comprehensive treatment options tailored to each individual's needs. Here's how we can help:

Accurate Diagnosis

Our dermatologists will carefully examine your skin, discuss your medical history, and conduct any necessary tests to determine the type and cause of your dermatitis. This accurate diagnosis is crucial for developing an effective treatment plan.

Personalized Treatment

Based on your diagnosis, our dermatologists will create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs. This may include topical medications, oral medications, lifestyle modifications, and recommendations for skincare products that are suitable for your skin condition.

Education and Prevention

Our team will provide you with valuable education about dermatitis triggers and offer guidance on how to avoid or minimize exposure to them. We will also advise you on proper skincare practices to help manage and prevent flare-ups.

Ongoing Support

Dermatitis can be a chronic condition, requiring ongoing management. At Reforma Dermatology, we offer continuous support and follow-up care to monitor your progress, make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed, and address any concerns or questions you may have.


Living with dermatitis can be challenging, but with the right treatment and guidance, it's possible to find relief and improve your quality of life. At Reforma Dermatology, our dedicated team of dermatologists is committed to providing personalized care and effective treatments for dermatitis. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward managing your dermatitis and achieving healthier, happier skin.

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