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Definition of Dermatitis


By Mercedes E. Gonzalez, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology; Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology; Medical Director, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; ; Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; Pediatric Dermatology of Miami

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Dermatitis is superficial inflammation of the skin characterized by

  • Redness

  • Edema

  • Oozing

  • Crusting

  • Scaling

  • Vesicles (sometimes)

Pruritus is common. Eczema is a nonspecific term synonymous with dermatitis, but it is often used to refer to atopic dermatitis, the most common type of dermatitis.