Dermatitis is a general term, which is used to describe any type of inflammation in the skin. It is a disorder in which the skin becomes inflamed, often becomes red, and develops rashes. It may also become scaly, pigmented, or leather like in appearance. In most cases of mild form of dermatitis, the symptoms soon vanish or come under control by the use of mild medication or proper hygiene. However, in some cases especially when left untreated it may take a more serious form of what is generally known as Severe Dermatitis.

Severe Dermatitis cases last for a long time, are very difficult to treat and generally become uncontrollable and go out of hand. In such cases, there is a need for expert medical guidance.

Treatment of Severe Dermatitis

Generally, the cases of dermatitis respond well to the use of topical steroids and other traditional remedies. However, it is not so simple to treat Severe Dermatitis, which stops responding to the steroids after some time.

Severe Dermatitis requires something more potent to cure and hence 'immunomodulator' and 'immunosuppressants' are made use of. However, such high potency medicines should be used only as a last resort, for a limited period and under expert medical guidance.

Severe Dermatitis Symptoms

Severe Dermatitis differs from the ordinary case of Dermatitis in the manner it appears and spreads. Normal dermatitis appears generally in certain parts of the body only and is characterized by redness and itchiness in that area, whereas in case of severe dermatitis pruritus and inflammation may be experienced everywhere on the body including the folds of the skin.

In certain cases, Severe Dermatitis may cause loss of hair on the head, which is a condition medically termed as 'Alopecia'.

Constant rubbing and scratching of the skin leads to scarring which may leave permanent marks on the skin. Staphylococcus bacterial infection may also be observed in severe dermatitis.

Control of Severe Dermatitis

Severe dermatitis can be effectively controlled by ensuring proper hygienic conditions. It involves living in a neat and clean environment free of dust and mites. To this effect , it is necessary to carry out frequent dusting and adopting other measures to ensure cleanliness. Taking proper care of the body by applying skin moisturizers, using lukewarm water for bathing and applying lotions on the damp skin, and following the medical advised religiously often give good results in controlling the instances of Severe Dermatitis

Potent Treatment of Severe Dermatitis

When no measures mentioned above appear to have any effect on Severe Dermatitis, it poses a challenging situation. There is a need to go for more potent treatment that involves use of certain drugs which are stronger and give better results. However, these can cause certain toxic side effects in the body and hence should be used after weighing out their pros and cons.

'Efalizumab' treatment has given positive results in many cases and has often led to the full eradication of severe dermatitis. However, since these types of drugs may cause side effects, they should be used only under strict medical advice.