dermatitis

noun

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
: 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 This is called allergic contact dermatitis, Cheraghlou said. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Some of the most common subtypes are irritant and allergic contact dermatitis. Amanda Gardner, Health, 4 Mar. 2024 Additionally, some people may develop a rash around their mouth called perioral dermatitis from fluoride, SLS, and cinnamon flavorings in toothpaste. Popular Science, 14 Mar. 2024 Washing the face too often can, in some cases, cause disruption of the skin’s microbiome and aggravate skin conditions such as perioral dermatitis or sensitive skin, Saxton-Daniels added. Alyssa Hui, Health, 29 Feb. 2024 The company is also researching and developing noninvasive skin patches for evaluating inflammatory skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 Dandruff is a milder form of a common condition called seborrheic dermatitis. USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Seborrheic dermatitis can be painful, itchy, and super frustrating. Tamekia Reece, SELF, 29 Nov. 2023 How to treat seborrheic dermatitis The most effective way to treat seborrheic dermatitis is by using an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains ingredients like ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, and salicylic acid. Krissy Brady, SELF, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dermatitis was in 1876

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“Dermatitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dermatitis. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dermatitis

noun
der·​ma·​ti·​tis ˌdər-mə-ˈtīt-əs How to pronounce dermatitis (audio)
plural dermatitides -ˈtit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce dermatitis (audio) or dermatitises
: inflammation of the skin

Medical Definition

dermatitis

noun
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)
: inflammation of the skin

called also dermitis

dermatitic adjective

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