Roberts Jackson’s Top Ten Tips for Dermatitis Relief
Dermatitis is a skin condition that causes itchiness, swelling, irritation and potentially dry or cracked skin. The condition can be acquired through improper use of substances at work and in this instance it is named “contact” dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can be caused by an irritant such as everyday cleaning products or any substance that requires protection. Commonly symptoms of dermatitis are found on the hands however it can affect other areas of the body if contact is made.
To help people who suffer from dermatitis we have listed our top ten tips to alleviate the symptoms and the treatment options available. Take a look below.
- Visit your GP – This sounds like the most obvious tip however many people just persevere with their dermatitis symptoms. This can worsen the symptoms and in severe cases cause extreme problems to the skin. When you visit your GP it allows you to get the proper medication along with the potential of identifying the root cause. This will prevent any further irritation and in most cases the condition will clear up.
- Avoid contact with the area – With many of the symptoms of dermatitis being irritable sufferers often have the urge to itch. This is not available as it can aggravate the problem further and can also cause a spreading of the condition to other unaffected areas.
- Moisturise – Firstly we recommend that you use a properly prescribed cream if you have been given one. Other available moisturizers can help soothe the pain. Vaseline is one of the most commonly recommend due to the protection it offers.
- Cotton Clothing – In severe cases the individuals clothing can worsen their dermatitis. This is often due to the material of the clothing being rough. Cotton clothing, especially loose cotton clothing is known to help with symptoms. With cotton being inherently smoother it makes the contact with the skin less severe.
- Use protection – Using hand protection such as rubber gloves during cleaning can prevent dermatitis from worsening. It is common for cleaning products such as bleach to cause contact dermatitis if the individual is affected.
- Read Labels – Even sensitive skin products can cause or aggravate skin so always read the labels on cleaning products such as shampoos, conditioners, soaps and shower gels. It is important to look for things that have caused previous reactions as it could be associated with an allergy.
- Narrow down the cause – Many people find it difficult to identify the cause of irritated skin so it is important to keep a note of many little things you do on a day to day basis including the foods you eat. If a reaction occurs when you ingest, touch or are just generally around a substance, avoid it.
- Safe proof your clothing – Labels left in clothing can rub and irritate skin especially for eczema sufferers. It is also important to manage the amount of detergent you are using to wash your clothes and rinse them thoroughly with an adequate amount of water.
- Keep your finger nails short – It seems logical and simple to some people to not scratch that irritating itch caused by any form of dermatitis but by keeping fingernails short you can ensure that if you can’t resist or just subliminally itch throughout the day, that you do not irritate or break the skin further.
- Speak to a Dermatologist – Finally, if you feel that your GP is not assisting you properly or simply does not understand the severity of your dermatitis, ask to be referred to a dermatologist who will be able analyse your condition and treat it appropriately.
These are just a few simple tips that can help manage and treat your dermatitis. Roberts Jackson Solicitors specialise in cases where people have developed the condition at work due to hazardous substances. It may also be able possible to make a claim for work place dermatitis if you work with hazardous substances that have aggravated an existing condition.
If you wish to seek advice from one of our specialist advisors or would like to see if you are eligible for compensation due to work place dermatitis please get in touch by filling in our call back form found on the right hand side of this page.
*Please note – the information on this page does not constitute as medical advice.