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Dermatitis: Skin Rash or Inflammation

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What is dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a general term to describe a skin rash or inflammation. Common types of dermatitis include atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis (the skin’s reaction to contact with certain substances) and seborrheic dermatitis (characterized by scaly, oily patches, as well as dandruff or flaking).

Dermatitis can have many causes, is not contagious and can be hereditary. Dermatitis often requires treatment by a health care professional.

What are the symptoms of dermatitis?

They are different for each person, but common symptoms of dermatitis include:
  • Itchy or flaky skin
  • Swollen or reddened areas
  • Blisters or oozing skin

How is dermatitis treated?

Treatment for dermatitis depends on the severity and cause, as well as your individual needs. Reducing inflammation and itching are primary goals, as well as preventing infection and protecting the skin from further irritation.

For contact dermatitis, it is important to identify and avoid the substance that likely caused the inflammation. Your provider may prescribe topical ointments or creams.
 
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