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Is dermatitis a genetic disorder?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Dermatitis is not technically a genetic disorder, but it probably has a genetic component because it tends to run in families. So if parents have eczema, atopic dermatitis, or allergic dermatitis (the type of dermatitis that causes the immune system to overreact), their children might get it too. Researchers are studying one gene in particular that may play a role in protecting the outermost layer of skin. This gene may be faulty in people with dermatitis. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

Seek a physician’s assistance for medical concerns.

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