der·​ma·​ti·​tis | \ ˌdər-mə-ˈtī-təs How to pronounce dermatitis (audio) \
plural dermatitides\ ˌdər-​mə-​ˈti-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce dermatitis (audio) \ or dermatitises

Definition of dermatitis

: inflammation of the skin

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Dermatitis usually appears as a rash, and may cause itching, blisters, swelling, and often scabbing and scaling. It often marks an allergic reaction of some kind. Contact dermatitis is caused by something (often a chemical) touching the skin. Atopic dermatitis usually affects the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees, and the face; generally resulting from an inherited sensitivity, it's often triggered by inhaling something. Eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff are all forms of dermatitis. Even in the worst cases, dermatitis isn't infectious and doesn't produce serious health consequences.

Examples of dermatitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The disorders included skin fold dermatitis, protruding lower jaw, skin infections and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, also known as poor breathing. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 For example, bulldogs were 38 times more likely to develop skin fold dermatitis than other breeds. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 June 2022 Hoiho also suffer from various diseases, including avian malaria and dermatitis, which the hospital can treat with antibiotics. CNN, 30 May 2022 Red Splotches or a Rash Contact dermatitis, also known as an allergic reaction, is a common occurrence that causes red spots or bumps. Kelly Dougher, Allure, 10 May 2022 There are no dyes, parabens, lanolin, formaldehyde, or other preservatives, making Vanicream’s Anti-Perspirant one of our top recommendations for those with skin issues such as psoriasis or dermatitis. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Both food allergies and contact dermatitis can cause this symptom, according to the AAFA. Kirsten Nunez, SELF, 7 June 2022 An itchy, dry, and flaky scalp could be a sign of an allergic reaction to an ingredient in your hair products, which doctors refer to as contact dermatitis. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 31 May 2022 This eye cream can be used on any skin type – and even by those who suffer from eczema or dermatitis. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dermatitis

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Dermatitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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der·​ma·​ti·​tis | \ ˌdər-mə-ˈtīt-əs How to pronounce dermatitis (audio) \
plural dermatitises or dermatitides\ -​ˈtit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce dermatitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of dermatitis

: inflammation of the skin

called also dermitis

Other Words from dermatitis

dermatitic \ -​ˈtit-​ik How to pronounce dermatitis (audio) \ adjective

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