Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that has many causes and occurs in many forms. It usually involves an itchy rash on swollen, reddened skin. Symptoms of dermatitis include redness, itching, and in some cases blistering. More serious dermatitis may result in crusty scales, painful cracks. Dermatitis is a common condition that's not contagious and usually isn't life-threatening. Even so, it can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious.
Dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema, affects up to five in every 100 people in the UK. Overall it has been reported to affect about 4% of the population.
Doctor may diagnose dermatitis after talking to patient about signs and symptoms and by examining skin and May also suggest doing a skin biopsy or other tests, most common is Patch Testing. The treatment for dermatitis varies, depending on the cause and each person's experience of the condition. The cornerstone of most dermatitis treatment plans includes Applying corticosteroid creams, Applying certain creams or lotions that affect your immune system. Exposing the affected area to controlled amounts of natural or artificial light (phototherapy).
Scientists in UK are working on randomized placebo controlled study to determine safety, pharmacodynamics and efficacy of ILV-094 in atopic dermatitis and also studies of skin microbes in healthy people and in people with skin conditions