Causes of Nummular Dermatitis
Despite being a common skin condition. Its causes are still unknown. However, the most common feature of this condition is dry skin.
When your skin is extremely dry, it is unable to form a strong barrier against compounds that interact with it. This could cause an otherwise harmless substance, such as soap, to inflame the skin.
This is why it is necessary to thoroughly examine the chemicals present in your cosmetics and toiletries. Contact dermatitis can play a role and cause the development of nummular dermatitis.
Other triggers worth mentioning are:
- Personal/family medical history (allergies, asthma)
- Intake of medications (statins, interferons, or ribavirin)
- Environmental irritants
- Temperature changes (most especially in colder months)
Although nummular dermatitis is a long-term condition, there are many medications and treatments available to address it.
This type of dermatitis frequently occurs as a result of minor skin injuries. Thus, it is of importance to take care of the skin from such incidence. You may also want to avoid allergens and irritants that come in contact with skin.
Emollients such as soap substitutes, bath oils, and moisturizing creams can help in relieving itching, scaling, and dryness. Thus, doctors recommend frequent use of it.
Other anti-inflammatory treatments include:
- Topical steroids and corticosteroids
Those who are diagnosed with the severe kind may need prescribed treatments from the doctor such as:
- Oral antihistamines
- Ultraviolet radiation (UV) treatment
- Steroid injections
- Oral treatments