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Inflammation of the skin, occasionally due to an allergy. Dermatitis is the same as eczema, and the terms can be used interchangeably. Below, are different types of dermatitis.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis

This condition is a scaly, red, itch rash that occurs on the face (especially eyebrows and nose), chest, scalp and back. It usually develops during times of stress and is most probably caused by an excessive growth of yeast on the skin. Corticosteroid drugs and other drugs that kill micro organisms can be of assistance in clearing the skin.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs from a reaction to some substance that comes into contact with the skin. Frequent causes are certain plants, nickel, detergents and cosmetics. It can be treated with topical corticosteroids. A patch test can be implemented in order to categorise the possible causes.


This form of dermatitis appears in those people who skin is unusually sensitive to light. A cluster of blisters or spots transpires on any part of the body exposed to the sun.

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