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What do I need to know about caring for someone with dermatitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

As a caregiver for someone with dermatitis, you should take special care to prevent the patient from scratching the rash. Covering the rash, keeping nails trimmed and possibly covered, using corticosteroid creams, and using antihistamines can all help. You should also try to keep the patient's skin moist. If you know what triggers the rash, take care to keep the patient away from the irritant. Finally, call a doctor if the rash looks infected.

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