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What is dermatitis?

What is dermatitis?

When the skin becomes irritated and inflamed, the resulting condition is called dermatitis. The expression dermatitis, which is often used interchangeably with eczema, simply means an inflammation of the skin. Some common types of dermatitis are:  lichen simplex chronicus (neuro-dermatitis), Atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, stasis dermatitis, Seborrheic dermatitis, nummular Dermatitis and perioral Dermatitis.

Contact dermatitis is the result of contact with a substance to which one is allergic. For example, exposure to poison oak or ivy will cause varying degrees of dermatitis according to one’s individual sensitivity. If you are sensitive to the nickel metal material in a watchband or ring, earring, your skin beneath the object can become inflamed (Nickel Dermatitis). An other example of contact dermatitis is red, sore eyelids that can result from your use of certain cosmetic products, touching your eyelids with contagious or allergy producing substance on your fingers or prickly heat rashes. In other cases, dermatitis can be caused by use of a steroid based topical which further aggravates an existing skin irritation.

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