How To Diagnose and Treat Dermatitis?


Your doctor may diagnose dermatitis after talking to you about your signs and symptoms and examining your skin. A skin biopsy or other tests may also be used to see the other conditions.

Patch testing will be used if you have contact dermatitis. Your doctor will apply small amounts of various substances to your skin to see if your skin has any reaction after several days. It is used to determine your specific contact allergies.


Treatment for dermatitis depends on the types of it and your condition. Some treatments include:

  • Applying corticosteroid creams
  • Applying certain creams or lotions that affect your immune system (calcineurin inhibitors)
  • Exposing the affected area to controlled amounts of natural or artificial light (phototherapy)
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.