Dermatitis literally means “any inflammation of the skin” and is a very general term that can describe many different skin diseases. Other similar terms are eczema or rash. Dermatitis can be caused by many things including: skin allergies, irritation of the skin, infections with bacteria or viruses, skin cancer, abrasions or injury, psoriasis, reactions to medications and dry skin.

Because it can be the sign of so many different things, it is important to have a dermatologist examine and diagnose your dermatitis so the appropriate treatment is given to correct the problem.