There are many options available in the drugstore for a dermatitis cream. Which over-the-counter dermatitis cream you will choose will depend on the symptoms and the severity of the dermatitis you are experiencing. Dermatitis is a pink or reddish rash that can spread and causes severe itching and pain. Some forms of dermatitis can cause the skin to crack and peel or flake. Dermatitis is more often known as eczema, and it can be classified as either acute or chronic.
Another form of acute dermatitis is called contact dermatitis and is caused by allergens present in the environment or by the skin coming into contact with irritants. A fragrance in laundry detergent is often the cause of an itchy pink rash. Contact dermatitis can also be caused by contact with plants that cause a rash, such as poison ivy or poison oak. You can often achieve relief from this kind of dermatitis by choosing an antihistamine cream or an anti-itch lotion that also contains a pain-relieving agent.
You might choose a topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone, which can be bought without a prescription. Stronger steroid creams might be prescribed if at-home treatments are unsuccessful at bringing relief from your symptoms. Corticosteroid dermatitis cream is available with a doctor’s prescription and can relieve the pain and swelling associated with atopic dermatitis.
Maintaining the moisture level of the skin is important to prevent the recurrence of dry, flaky skin. Nearly all skin rash creams will contain a moisturizer, although most doctors will concur that a petroleum jelly is best for retaining the natural moisture present in the skin. Choosing a moisturizing lotions or petroleum jelly and applying it directly after bathing will help your skin heal and maintain the healthy condition of your skin after treatment with dermatitis cream.
Seborrheic dermatitis is more commonly known as dandruff. Small white flakes are present in the hair and can cause a lot of embarrassment for the sufferer. For this condition, it is recommended to choose shampoos that contain a compound of sulfur and zinc or salicylic acid. Most dandruff shampoos will be effective within two to four weeks. After the dandruff symptoms have disappeared weekly, using the dandruff shampoo will keep the flakes from returning.
Dermatitis cream is not very expensive. It also is available in store brands to further reduce the cost. If you are at a loss about which cream to buy at the pharmacy, ask your pharmacist for assistance in making a selection.