Dermatitis is a general term for inflammation of the skin that usually presents with an uncomfortable itchy, red, and dry rash. There are many forms of dermatitis which may include:
- Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) typically begins in infancy or early childhood and is characterized by itchy, red or cracked skin over flexural areas. There is often a genetic component and can be associated with seasonal allergies, asthma and stress.
- Contact Dermatitis (Allergic Dermatitis) results from direct contact with irritants and allergens such as detergents, fragrances, and common preservatives found in cosmetics.
- Dyshidrotic Eczema presents with itchy blisters on the hands and feet and waxes and wanes with stress and environmental exposures.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis can present as dandruff, itchy, scaly patches of skin and is most commonly seen from infancy through middle age.