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Overview of dermatitis (eczema)

Dermatitis is a very common skin condition which makes your skin dry, red and itchy.

Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is the name given to a group of conditions that cause inflammation of your skin.

Different types of dermatitis

There are different types of dermatitis with the most common being:

A common red spotty rash that occurs around your mouth called periorificial dermatitis (sometimes called muzzle rash) is not dermatitis despite the name.

Causes of dermatitis

Causes of the most common types of dermatitis include:

Dermatitis is not contagious and food allergies do not cause dermatitis though having an allergic reaction to food can cause it to worsen.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created August 2021.


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