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

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

When caring for someone with dermatitis, it’s important to know which type of dermatitis the person has. There is no cure for some types of dermatitis, but itching can often be relieved with the use of certain medications. Talk with the person's doctor about how best to care for their dermatitis. 


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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