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About dermatitis

Dermatitis comes in several forms (or types) and are classified according to the cause of the condition. Symptoms vary with the different forms of the condition. Indicators of dermatitis include redness of the skin, swelling, itching, and skin lesions.

Forms of dermatitis include:

- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Contact dermatitis
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Infective dermatitis
- Nummular dermatitis
- Perioral dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis

Health conditions such as a poor immune system, allergens, genetic factors and irritants can all be responsible for causing dermatitis. Stresses have also been shown to increase the symptoms of dermatitis. Relief options include moisturizers, lotions, baths, cortisone creams that relieve swelling, and antihistamines, which relieve itching.

Since each case is unique and complex to the individual, consult a dermatologist or physician for treatment and/or diagnosis (no cure is presently known for most types of dermatitis).

See also acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin. Download as PDF.

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