Overview

What is Dermatitis?

Dermatitis (or eczema) refers to a group of chronic inflammatory skin disorders that primarily involve the epidermis. Common characteristics of dermatitis include your your skin looking dry, swollen, and red. Some types of dermatitis are more common in children, and others are more common in adults.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Dermatitis?

The signs and symptoms of dermatitis may include:

Dry, red, inflamed skin lesions that appear on face, neck, chest, elbows and knees

Dry, red, inflamed skin lesions that appear on face, neck, chest, elbows and knees

 Itching and/or oozing and crusting of lesions

Itching and/or oozing and crusting of lesions

Blistering of skin

Blistering of skin

Itchy skin

Itchy skin

Painful skin, with stinging or burning

Painful skin, with stinging or burning

Scaling of areas of skin that are scratched frequently

Scaling of areas of skin that are scratched frequently

Causes

What are the causes of Dermatitis?

The causes of dermatitis vary depending on the type. Some types may have unknown causes. However, common triggers that cause skin flare ups include:

 Dry skin

Dry skin

Environment (weather, humidity)

Environment (weather, humidity)

Diet - high in refined sugars or carbohydrates

Diet - high in refined sugars or carbohydrates

Bacteria on the skin

Bacteria on the skin

Poor gut health

Poor gut health

Genetics

Genetics

Stress

Stress

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes

Allergies

Allergies

Asthma

Asthma

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Dermatitis?

If you have symptoms of dermatitis, your doctor can make a diagnosis by examining your skin. They may also request the following tests:

Allergy panel IgA, IgE, IgG and inhalants (blood)

Allergy panel IgA, IgE, IgG and inhalants (blood)

GI Mapping stool test

GI Mapping stool test

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who specialise in treating Dermatitis