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Dermatitis

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is dermatitis?

Dermatitis is skin inflammation. Dermatitis may be caused by allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and certain foods. Dermatitis can also develop when something touches your skin and irritates it or causes an allergic reaction. Examples include soaps, chemicals, latex, and poison ivy.

What are the signs and symptoms of dermatitis?

You may have any of the following, depending on the cause:

How is dermatitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your skin. He or she will ask about your rash and any other symptoms you have. Tell him or her if you noticed anything trigger your rash, such as a certain food or activity. Tell him or her about any medicines you are taking or any allergies or medical conditions you have.

How is dermatitis treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your rash. You may need medicines to help decrease itching and inflammation or treat a bacterial infection. They may be given as a topical cream, shot, or a pill.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage dermatitis?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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