Dermatitis is a severe inflammation of the skin. The other common name for dermatitis is eczema. Dermatitis affects about 1 in 5 people at least once throughout their lives. This skin disorder has many known causes - including irritant contact, allergic contact and immune disease. Depending on its influences, dermatitis can appear in a variety of types. The most frequently diagnosed types of dermatitis are atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, gravitational dermatitis and impetigo or fungal infection.

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Dermatitis is typically a life-long skin disorder, but it's neither life threatening nor contagious. However dermatitis does cause a great deal of skin discomfort, redness, thickening, itching, blistering and flaking. The itchy rash caused by dermatitis can flare up depending on the season and time of day. Using a moisturizer in conjunction with a steroid cream or prescription ointment can help lessen the discomfort.

Dermatitis occurs chronically on the palms and feet, as these areas are normally moist with irritants. To treat dermatitis, avoid harsh soaps, detergents and muggy rooms. Also stick to a healthy diet and avoid wearing harsh, sweat provoking materials like wool. It's also wise to discuss which cosmetics are appropriate with your doctor or dermatologist before using any. Above all, resist your impulse to scratch any itchy areas, as scratching can cause infected areas to bleed and worsen your dermatitis further.

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