A to Z: Dermatitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about dermatitis, inflammation of the skin that causes itching and discomfort.dermatitis, contact dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis, eczema, cradle cap, dandruff, diaper rash, actinic dermatitis, rash, CD1Dermatology02/18/201303/25/201909/02/201903fae299-303f-4ab0-92fc-da46c967ddedhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-dermatitis.html/<p>Dermatitis (dur-muh-TYE-tis) is inflammation of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> that causes itching and discomfort. There are many types of dermatitis.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Dermatitis can be the result of contact with an allergen or substance like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/poison-ivy.html/">poison ivy</a> or detergents (contact dermatitis). It also can be caused by oily skin or hair (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dandruff.html/">seborrheic dermatitis</a>, also known as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cradle-cap.html/">cradle cap</a> in infants). Atopic dermatitis (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eczema-atopic-dermatitis.html/">eczema</a>), another type of dermatitis, runs in families and is often associated with allergies or asthma.</p> <p>Symptoms of dermatitis include itching, burning, or swelling on the surface of the skin. Blisters, scaly, dry or thick skin, and a red rash also may develop. The condition is not contagious.</p> <p>Treatment depends on the type of dermatitis and what caused it. The doctor may recommend thoroughly washing the area with water or applying moisturizers, corticosteroid skin creams, or other ointments to the affected area. Corticosteroid pills may be prescribed to treat severe cases. Sometimes doctors will recommend leaving it alone.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Dermatitis is a nuisance but usually not a serious health problem. It can, however, turn into a bacterial skin infection if not treated properly, so always contact your&nbsp;doctor if you see signs of dermatitis.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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EczemaEverybody has dry skin once in a while, but eczema is more than just that. If your skin is dry, itchy, red, sore, and scaly, you may have eczema. Learn more about this uncomfortable condition and what you can to do stop itching!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/eczema.html/95bd5d11-4ca3-401a-848b-27cbaeb78cee
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)Eczema can be an itchy nuisance and cause scratching that makes the problem worse. Many kids who have eczema today will be over it by the time they're teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eczema-atopic-dermatitis.html/085769a4-1f01-4f26-9de9-24cb82c71c30
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