Dermatitis is an umbrella term covering a variety of skin conditions causing skin inflammation. It can occur in many forms and have a variety of causes. The condition normally involves swollen, red skin with an itchy rash. If you have dermatitis, your skin may ooze, blister or flake off. There are several forms that occur due to contact with substances like soaps, chemicals, poison ivy and poison oak.
Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema. It is a skin condition common in children. Many children develop the condition when they are younger than one. Children who develop the condition at this time usually experience skin patches that are dry and scaly. Atopic dermatitis is usually very itchy. Babies may rub their skin on carpets or bedding to help relieve the itch they are experiencing.
As the name suggests, contact dermatitis occurs due to contact with various allergens. It is recognized by a small rash or skin irritation. Only upper skin regions are affected. Tissue inflammation will be evident in the outer layer of skin or epidermis. The condition is known for its large, itchy, burning rashes.
The symptoms may take up to several weeks to completely heal. This is different from the hives in which exposure results in a rash that appears within minutes. The condition is often caused by allergens like gold, nickel, and chromium. It can also be caused by contact with poison ivy and oak, and poison sumac. Millions of cases occur each year.
Other causes include solvents, latex, metalworking fluids, kerosene and certain foods and spices.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a common form of that affects the scalp and face. There are forms that affect infants and adults. It is also known as seborrhoeic eczema. Dandruff is a form of it that does not involve inflammation. It appears as scaly or oily patches scattered over the scalp in areas producing hair.
The condition appears as scaly or oily patches scattered over the scalp in areas producing hair. Although the precise cause is unknown, the condition is linked to the proliferation of a type of fungus in yeast form. The growth of this yeast causes the skin to react with inflammation.
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