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Dermatitis Treatment in Fargo

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Dermatitis is a broad term for irritation of the skin. It may be caused by exposures, allergies, or genetics, and sometimes you do not know what the cause is. Dermatitis can occur quickly or you may have suffered from dermatitis for years. Symptoms that range from mild to severe.

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Symptoms Of Dermatitis

This is a common medical condition that can cause a wide range of symptoms.

Symptoms of dermatitis can include:

  • Red patches
  • Dry skin
  • Raw skin
  • Blisters
  • Bumps
  • Swelling
  • Burning, painful, stinging, skin

This condition may be caused by environmental triggers, genetics, immune response, or exposure to irritants, such as household cleaners.

A dermatitis flare-up may occur in response to certain conditions or substances.

People who have asthma, hay fever, allergies, or a family history of dermatitis, are more likely to develop this condition. Additionally, people with jobs that put them in contact with cleaning supplies, solvents, or certain metals are at a higher risk of developing dermatitis.

Possible triggers can include:

  • Hot showers
  • Stress
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Allergic reaction to a medication or skincare products
  • Environmental factors
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals, household cleaners, soaps

Dermatitis Treatment

Treatment options will depend on dermatitis type and severity. In some cases, corticosteroid creams and other types of topicals are used to alleviate the symptoms of dermatitis. However, other treatments are available to relieve itching and discomfort, such as phototherapy, and oral medications, including antihistamines.

For successful treatment, if your medical provider prescribed medication, you must take it as directed.

Frequent use of moisturizers to maintain a healthy skin barrier, switching to mild soaps, avoiding scented skin products, avoiding triggers, and paying attention to physical signs and symptoms, can also help you manage your symptoms. Our medical providers can help you find skincare products that are gentle on your skin and will not aggravate your dermatitis.

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What to Expect

During your visit to Altaire Clinic, a medical provider will go over your medical history and your family’s medical history to learn if other family members have been diagnosed with dermatitis. They will also discuss whether you’re currently taking any medication, learn if you have recently changed your diet, or if you may have come into contact with chemicals, changed laundry detergent, dish soap, or made any other changes. Environmental factors, such as pet dander, mold, and pollen can also make symptoms worse.

Identifying and avoiding triggers is important. If allergens are your triggers, allergy testing may be required. If you are diagnosed with dermatitis, a medical provider will create a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to help you manage your symptoms.

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Types of Dermatitis


Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by skin irritation from a substance, such as a harsh chemical. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction that occurs when the skin comes into contact with an allergen.


Atopic dermatitis often develops during infancy and can run in families. During a flare-up, patches of skin may be red, dry, rough, and itchy

In infants and children, atopic dermatitis symptoms may include a rash on the cheeks or scalp, a rash that weeps clear fluid, thickened skin, and extremely scaly or dry skin.

Adults with atopic dermatitis may have a rash around the eyes, skin that is very dry and extremely scaly, and leathery patches of skin that may be discolored.


Also referred to as cradle cap, seborrheic dermatitis is commonly found on the scalp, but can also be found around the ears, on the face, and on the chest. This type of dermatitis often causes skin discoloration, scaly patches of dry skin, and dandruff.

Risk Factors - Living with Dermatitis

Without treatment, the skin may become swollen and tender, due to extremely itchy skin. Scratching can result in secondary bacterial skin infections, especially in children.

Additionally, failing to seek treatment can worsen the symptoms, increase stress, and reduce a person’s quality of life.

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Make An Appointment

If you’ve been living with an itchy, swollen, uncomfortable rash that has impacted your life, now is the time to contact the medical providers at Altaire Clinic. You can contact our office directly at (701) 809-9369, or you can fill out the online contact form. Our medical providers look forward to meeting with you and helping you treat and manage your dermatitis symptoms.

We know how important it is to have healthy, beautiful skin. Contact us today to schedule a consult and learn how we can help you look and feel your best.

At Altaire Clinic, patients can get effective treatment for chronic conditions, such as dermatitis. We provide treatment plans that are tailored to each patient, based on health needs and personal wellness goals. Our medical providers will take the time to teach each patient how to care for their skin and manage their symptoms, providing the type of high-quality treatments each patient needs, to feel and look their best.

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Common Questions about Dermatitis

Is Aloe Vera Good For Dermatitis?

Aloe vera can help soothe and moisturize the skin. However, severe cases of dermatitis may require prescribed topical medications to effectively manage symptoms, such as inflammation and itching.

Is Vaseline Safe To Use For Dermatitis?

Vaseline is a good choice for dermatitis as it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or irritants. The soothing and moisturizing properties can help reduce discomfort, redness, and irritation.

How Can I Treat Dermatitis At Home?

If you have been diagnosed with dermatitis, you must closely follow a medical provider’s treatment instructions to control your skin condition and prevent flare-ups in the future.

Is Dermatitis A Fungal Infection?

No, while dermatitis may look similar to some types of fungal infections, dermatitis is caused by allergens, exposure to harmful chemicals that cause an allergic response, environmental triggers, genetics, and immune system activation, while fungal infections are caused by fungi.

Can Stress Be A Cause To Dermatitis?

Some studies have found that emotional stress can provoke dermatitis symptoms. When under stress, the body releases the cortisol hormone. Constant worry and severe stress can cause the body to release too much cortisol, causing dysregulation in the immune system, resulting in an inflammatory response.

Can dermatitis be cured?

This type of skin condition can be chronic. However, some people may go several years without an episode. While there is no known cure for dermatitis, the condition can be managed by a medical provider, to minimize symptoms.

What is the cost of treatment with insurance?

The cost of dermatitis treatment can vary and will depend on the treatments prescribed and your insurance coverage. Contact Altaire Clinic today to learn more.

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We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.