Common "Dermatitis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Dermatitis is a broad term used to describe conditions that make the skin dry, itchy, swollen, red, crust, or flake off. The types of dermatitis are atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, cradle cap, diaper rash, and seborrheic dermatitis.

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Can Alitretinoin help cure my chronic hand eczema permanently?

Query: Hello doctor,Over a year ago, I started noticing the darkening of my skin and eventually developed dry skin on my hands which got progressively worse that persisted to the point of scaling. Although I could not identify the source, I quickly stopped and changed all of my skincare items to hypogenic...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Alitretinoin capsules are used to treat severe chronic hand dermatitis and eczema that do not respond to topical corticosteroid therapy. I suggest you to clean the affected skin thoroughly with mild soap or cleanser and water. Avoid medicated...  Read Full »

My son suffers from perioral dermatitis with skin burning. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is suffering from perioral dermatitis for two years. He was prescribed Tacrolimus, Eucrisa, Metronidazole 75 mg, and Cephalexin 250 mg. Now, his condition got worse. He suffers from skin burning. I do not know what to do. Please help us.   Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After looking at the picture, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) it looks like inflammation. You should use a very mild cleanser on his face like Cetaphil (Methyl Paraben with water) or Cerave (Water with Glycerin) and you can apply a gentle moisturizer to...  Read Full »

I live in high altitude and I feel itching around my mouth in monsoon. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I live at high altitude with mostly dry climate except during the monsoon, before this monsoon kicked I felt itching around and near my lips and mouth and later that day the skin darkened. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. M. A. Toyeb, Nazma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read through your query and here is my opinion. Itching and darkening of the skin around the mouth can be due to varied reasons like allergies, dermatitis, extremely dry, and cold weather. In your case, it is likely the last reason. I would advise you to use a...  Read Full »

Does dry scaly red patches around mouth mean perioral dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a secondary burn on my calf, after a month of self-treating. It just got worse. I play soccer and that and the sweat is what was irritating it. So I finally went to the doctor and they prescribed me SMZ, TMP DS. I took it for about a week until I realized I was having a lot of s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case. Right now you have applied too much moisturizer (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Please apply Hydrocortisone cream two times a day for 10 days. If blisters or erosions are present then you may need oral steroid as well. So...  Read Full »

I have had dry skin and discoloration on my upper lip line. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had dry skin and discoloration on my upper lip line for four days. It happens very frequently. I tried applying Boroline, but it did not get any better. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, I appreciate you signing up on You now have exclusive access to an expert medical opinion. I have gone through the details provided and I do understand your concern. Dry skin and discoloration over the upper lip usually occur due to dermatitis (a common skin condition that causes...  Read Full »

I have dryness and itching in finger webs of both hands. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, The webs of my fingers on both hands are dry and itchy. There is also a spot at the back of my neck, oblong in shape that is similarly dry and itchy. They have become reddish from vigorous scratching. The last time I consulted a doctor in January 2020. My follow-up consultation was ov...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from dryness and itching of fingers of both hands. According to the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that is provided here, you may suffer from contact derm...  Read Full »

I got red marks after going to the beach. Is this vitiligo?

Query: Hello doctor, After I spent a day at the beach, I noticed red marks along my shoulders, arms, and chest that looked like sunburns. After a couple of days, though those spots turned brown, and the rest of my body looked like it had not tanned. I was wondering if this could be vitiligo or something e...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have got Berloque dermatitis (those reddish-brown patches) (attachment removed to protect patient identity) due to sun exposure after some perfume or fragrance or plant contact on the skin (phytophotodermatitis) which typically causes these irregular and od...  Read Full »

I have scaled red rash on my forehead, nose, and chest. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had this scaled red rash for about five weeks. It started on my forehead but has spread to my nose, chest, and my back. I live in the bush with no doctors nearby. I treated it first with Miconazole (fungicide) for a week and noticed no change, following with Quadriderm for a week ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The areas affected are sun-exposed. So there is a possibility of photodermatosis. It will help if you avoid direct sun exposure. And you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher daily even if you are at home. There are ...  Read Full »

My baby has clustered red pimples on the cheek. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby (one and a half months old) is having red pimples in a cluster on both cheeks. It is very rough to touch and skin appears dry in that area. It does not cause him itching as far as I can see and it is not bleeding or oozing. It has black dots (like when a wound heals) in some ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Babies at this age might suffer from seborrheic dermatitis over scalp, face and upper trunk and the most probable cause is maternal androgens hormones. And skin in such cases are dry, flaky, erythematous and somewhat oozing. However, there is nothing to worry about the ...  Read Full »

Do I need to get allergy testing done for perioral dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have personal dermatitis. I was prescribed 12 weeks of 100 mg Doxycycline. However, I am skeptical about taking antibiotics as I have read that with a lot of people the rash returns upon finishing treatment. Also, it can mess up your gut which is apparently linked to perioral dermati...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can skip Doxycycline, if you have gut problems and you cannot tolerate it. If you are suspecting that your perioral dermatitis is due to contact of any allergic material, then go for allergy testing. Otherwise it will not benefit you. I would like to know your work....  Read Full »

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