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Definition of Dermatitis

(Eczema)

By

Mercedes E. Gonzalez

, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Last full review/revision Aug 2019| Content last modified Aug 2019
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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.

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