Dermatitis Dermatitis


Dermatitis is a general term for certain kinds of itchy, red, inflamed skin conditions. There are many types of dermatitis. Some can affect the entire body and some just the scalp. Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis are among the most common.


Eczema is a term to describe specific skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, hand dermatitis, nummular and asteatotic eczema. It is an itchy, red, scaling, weeping, oozing skin condition. It may be present in and of itself in skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis or dry skin eczema (winter itch). Most commonly dermatologists prescribe topical corticosteroids for eczema.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Millions of Americans are affected by seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is a noncontagious skin disorder that may appear as red, inflamed skin covered by greasy or dry scales that are often white, yellowish or gray. It is commonly seen on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyebrows, eyelids, behind the ears and on the chest. Periodically, and usually unpredictably, the skin starts reproducing itself faster than normal. When this happens, the extra skin can't be shed fast enough, so flakes appear. Anyone at any age can develop seborrheic dermatitis. It is most common in infants younger than three months of age and among adults age 30 and older. The condition is slightly more common in men than women and usually first appears in patients who are in their teens and 20s.

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