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What parts of the skin are affected by dermatitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Dermatitis creates a rash on the skin. The skin has many layers and functions. It is so large that it accounts for more than 10% of your body's mass, making it your largest organ. The skin is responsible for protecting your body and maintaining a moisture balance. Usually when skin comes in contact with an allergen or an irritant only the upper layers of the skin are affected. Those upper layers become red, inflamed, and itchy, and develop a rash.

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