Who's At Risk
Nummular dermatitis may affect people of all ages.
Signs and Symptoms
Nummular dermatitis is most commonly found on the trunk and/or extremities. Round or coin-shaped, pink to red, scaly, raised areas are seen, often with small cracks or superficial breaks in the skin located within.
Maintaining healthy skin is very important for sufferers of nummular dermatitis.
- Moisturizing skin-care routines are essential.
- Non-soap cleansers, such as Cetaphil®, or moisturizing soaps, such as Dove®, are recommended.
- Thick moisturizers such as petroleum jelly, Aquaphor® ointment, Eucerin® cream, CeraVe™ cream, and Cetaphil® cream should be applied to damp skin daily after bathing.
- Attempt to minimize exposure to heat, humidity, detergents/soaps, abrasive clothing, chemicals, smoke, and stress.
- Fragrance-free laundry detergent may be beneficial.
- Keep the home humid with a humidifier or setting out bowls of water, especially in the bedroom.
When to Seek Medical Care
You should seek medical care if there is a lack of response to self-care measures or the condition worsens or flares.
Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe
Your physician may:
- Prescribe medium- to high-potency topical steroids to apply to the affected areas twice daily.
- Recommend light therapy with ultraviolet B for extensive disease.
- Prescribe oral antihistamines to help relieve itching.
- Prescribe oral or topical antibiotics if the area becomes infected.
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