What Is Dermatitis?

Q:
What is dermatitis?

A:
Dermatitis refers to an inflammation of the skin. It may have many causes and many forms. Forms usually involve an itchy rash on swollen, reddened skin. Dermatitis is very common, and it is not contagious, but it can make people feel uncomfortable. Atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are very common types.

Here is a brief introduction of the symptom of those three types of dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis:

  • Itchiness. It usually gets worse at night.
  • Redness.
  • Bumps.
  • Scaly and dry skin.
  • Rash that bubbles up and weeps clear fluid.
  • Cracked skin.
  • Creasing skin.
  • Darkening skin around eyes.

Contact dermatitis:

  • Rash.
  • Skin lesion.
  • Itching.
  • Skin redness.
  • Inflammation.
  • Localized swelling.
  • Tender and warmer skin.
  • Pain.

Seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Redness.
  • Greasy and swollen skin.
  • White or yellowish crusty flakes.
  • Itch.
  • Burning.
  • Pink patches

If you feel that dermatitis has affected your daily life or even cause pain, you need to visit your doctor and ask for his or her advice. Your doctor will help you find a proper way to treat your dermatitis or ease your symptoms.

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