Nummular dermatitis treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my nummular dermatitis?
Yes, they can. The healthcare practitioner will want to discuss the symptoms or signs of nummular dermatitis, as well as your medical history. They’ll also want to perform a physical exam to examine the shape and location of your lesions.
In some cases, they may want to refer you to a dermatologist, or schedule a dermoscopy, which can help provide clear diagnosis for nummular dermatitis. This may be necessary as nummular dermatitis symptoms can present similarly to other skin conditions.
Once your healthcare provider has given you a diagnosis for nummular dermatitis, they’ll be able to suggest nummular dermatitis treatments for you.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe nummular dermatitis medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription for nummular dermatitis, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is nummular dermatitis?
Nummular dermatitis, also known as discoid eczema or microbial eczema, is a chronic skin condition. Nummular dermatitis causes sharply defined, oval, or coin-shaped lesions to appear on the arms, legs, torso, and hands. These can be extremely itchy or painful, and can also leak a clear fluid.
Nummular dermatitis is not contagious. It’s known to develop on people with extremely dry skin or after a skin injury. It’s often associated with other skin conditions such as the atopic, contact, and stasis forms of dermatitis.
What are the symptoms of contact dermatitis?
Many of the symptoms and signs of nummular dermatitis are similar to other forms of dermatitis. Some signs of nummular dermatitis that can help identify it from other skin conditions include:
- Sharply defined, oval, or coin-shaped lesions (typically 1-10cm in diameter)
- Severe itching or burning sensations
- Lesions that crust over or ooze a clear liquid
- Scaly, inflamed skin around the lesions that are red, pink, or brown
The shape and grouping of these lesions may help healthcare providers in diagnosing nummular dermatitis.
What causes nummular dermatitis?
The exact causes of nummular dermatitis aren’t understood at this time. However, there are some known triggers that can increase the risks of nummular dermatitis symptoms.
Those already known to have certain other forms of dermatitis are more likely to experience nummular dermatitis. This includes:
- Stasis dermatitis
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
Severe or chronic dry skin is also a known cause of nummular dermatitis flare ups.
Due to its connection to contact dermatitis, it’s believed that certain allergic reactions may cause nummular dermatitis to occur.
How is nummular dermatitis diagnosed?
In some cases, a healthcare practitioner will be able to identify this condition by discussing your symptoms or signs of nummular dermatitis. They will also want to evaluate your medical history, and perform a physical exam.
Because of the similarities between signs of nummular dermatitis and other similarly presenting forms of dermatitis, the healthcare practitioner may not be able to identify the condition. In these situations, they may refer you to a dermatologist, or schedule a dermoscopy for further evaluation.
Once your healthcare team is able to provide you with a clear diagnosis, they can suggest appropriate nummular dermatitis treatments, depending on its severity. This includes any prescription nummular dermatitis medications that may be required.
How is nummular dermatitis treated?
There is no cure for nummular dermatitis. With appropriate nummular dermatitis treatments, many people can clear their symptoms. However, this condition can be chronic, and is sometimes characterized by a cycle of recurrences and remissions.
The most natural treatment for nummular dermatitis is to avoid triggers that are known to cause flare ups (e.g., hot baths, certain cosmetics and soaps, etc.). Maintaining a skin care regimen, which involves moisturizing to prevent dry skin, is also a commonly used nummular dermatitis treatment.
Severe cases may require using these types of conservative measures, in conjunction with prescription nummular dermatitis medications like topical corticosteroids as treatment.
When to see a doctor for nummular dermatitis?
If you think you’re beginning to show signs of nummular dermatitis, you should talk to a healthcare practitioner from Maple. This condition can be very unpleasant if left untreated.
A healthcare practitioner from Maple can help provide a clear diagnosis for nummular dermatitis symptoms, and refer you to a dermatologist when further evaluation is required.
Healthcare providers can also provide prescription nummular dermatitis medications necessary for treatment and managing symptoms.
Skin conditions like nummular dermatitis can be difficult to manage, but you don’t have to do it alone. A healthcare provider from Maple can help ease your pain and speed up your recovery.
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