Dermatitis is superficial inflammation of the skin characterized by redness, edema, oozing, crusting, scaling, and sometimes vesicles. Pruritus is common. Eczema is a term often used interchangeably with dermatitis but is sometimes used synonymously with atopic dermatitis.
Last full review/revision October 2012 by Karen McKoy, MD, MPH
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