How does dermatitis affect the body?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Continuous scratching due to dermatitiscan lead to the development of thick, hard skin. Chronic dermatitis, which persists over a period of time, can produce cracks and blisters in the skin, which may lead to a bacterial infection. In addition, the appearance of your skin can cause you to feel self conscious and can lead to social isolation.

Talk with your dermatologist about how you can manage dermatitis symptoms. 

The most common way your body will be affected by dermatitis is the red, itchy rash on your skin. If you scratch the rash, you may create open sores on your skin. Those open sores can become infected with bacteria. A doctor should treat any skin infection. Dermatitis can also lead to scars or to different skin color where the rash occurred.

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