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Is dermatitis life-threatening?

Dermatitis is not usually life-threatening. It is usually a rash on the skin that can be itchy and frustrating. It can often be treated at home. If it becomes infected, it should be seen by a doctor.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Certain types of dermatitis can become life-threatening if the skin becomes infected and fluids are lost through the skin. The best defense against severe, life-threatening dermatitis is early detection and treatment. Talk with your doctor about how to manage severe dermatitis. 

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