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What are the different types of dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are many different types of dermatitis.    
  • Contact dermatitis is caused by direct contact with an irritant. 
  • Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that often develops in people who have asthma or hay fever. 
  • Seborrheic dermatitis appears on the scalp and face.
  • Nummular dermatitis is a rash characterized by coin-shaped spots.
  • Generalized exfoliative dermatitis is a severe inflammation that causes the entire skin to become red and covered with scales.
  • Stasis dermatitis is an inflammation on the lower legs.
  • Localized scratch dermatitis is caused by chronic scratching of the skin.
  • Perioral dermatitis results in red bumps around the mouth.
  • Pompholyx is characterized by blisters on the palms and fingers.
Talk with your doctor if you're experiencing symptoms of dermatitis.

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