Why is dermatitis such a problem?
Dermatitis is the most common skin disease in the world. It can affect people of all ages, including children and infants. There are different types of dermatitis, but one thing is common to them all: itchy, red, inflamed skin that can drive you crazy.
The good news is that dermatitis is manageable. Once you understand your particular type of dermatitis, you can take steps to avoid triggers and relieve symptoms. With a little care and effort, you can manage your symptoms and avoid flare-ups.
Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin, a condition that produces redness, swelling, itching and sometimes, blistering. It can affect any part of the body and is more common on the hands, feet and face.
Dermatitis usually occurs when something irritates the skin or causes an allergic reaction. The cause in each person may vary, but there are certain things that are known to make dermatitis worse, like heat, stress or certain substances such as detergents or soaps. Dermatitis symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
Skin that is itchy, red or scaly
Blisters that ooze and crust over
Dermatitis is a broad name for many skin conditions. It’s very common, with more than 15 million cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. It includes atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Atopic dermatitis often begins in early childhood, especially in babies and children under 5 years old. But it can also begin later in life. You may have patches of dry, scaly skin that itches or burns.
Contact with certain substances can cause your skin to react with rashes, itching or burning sensations. The rash usually clears up after the substance is washed off, although some substances can cause delayed reactions that take a few days to show up on the skin.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes a red rash with yellowish and somewhat “oily” scales. It most often affects the scalp and causes dandruff. However, it also can occur on oily areas of the body such as the face, upper chest and back.
Dermatitis is a condition that makes your skin inflamed and irritated. It can cause an intense itch and, if you scratch the affected area, your skin can become thick and leathery.
There are different types of dermatitis, including atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis), contact dermatitis, stasis dermatitis and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Atopic eczema is a type of allergy-related inflammation of the skin.
The exact cause of atopic eczema isn’t fully understood, but it’s believed to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms of atopic eczema.
In most cases, atopic eczema comes on in early childhood, with symptoms usually developing before a child reaches their first birthday. Most children who develop atopic eczema will experience periods where their symptoms are particularly bad (flare-ups) followed by periods where they improve or clear completely (remission).
Atopic eczema is a long-term (chronic) condition, although many children find their symptoms naturally improve as they get older.
Dermatitis is a general term for skin inflammation (irritation and swelling). It can cause an itchy rash or patches of dry irritated skin.
Dermatitis can be caused by something that irritates the skin, such as soap, clothing that’s rough or a material such as wool, or it can be due to an allergic reaction.
There are three main types of dermatitis:
• Atopic dermatitis (eczema).
• Contact dermatitis.
• Seborrheic dermatitis.
Dermatitis is the general word for inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis may be caused by a variety of factors, and can have many different appearances.
The most common type of dermatitis is atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema). The word “dermatitis” is often used interchangeably with “eczema” and “atopic dermatitis.”
Dermatitis is a general term for inflammation of the skin (derma- = skin; -itis = inflammation). The two most common types of dermatitis are atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis.
Contact dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction to certain substances that come in contact with the skin. Atopic dermatitis is caused by a combination of genetic factors, which make the person more susceptible, and environmental triggers.