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Conditions

Dermatitis

Dermatitis

This is not a condition in itself, but rather a catch all term used to describe a number of conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. Conditions which dermatitis can cover include eczema, psoriasis and allergic reactions, as well as a number of very rare skin complaints. It is normally an initial diagnosis that is subsequently clarified after a visit to a dermatologist.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on dermatitis >

If your child is suffering from eczema, psoriasis or an allergic reaction, then read our condition guides especially for parents on the Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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Hi I was diagnosed with seborrhoeic dermatitis on my face and issued with a steroid and fungal cream. I am aware the damage the steroid cream is doing to my face. But with out it my face is sore, red and unsightly. Do you know of any other remedies etc that could help ? It is affecting my confidence significantly.





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hi im 27 year old male i have dermititus and it made my skin change colour on my neck just 1 patch is really pale and the rest of my skin is normal colour is that normal





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hey Iam 23 year old male have had this rashon my scrotum for over 2 years now ive tried every cream ointment and steroid cream uder the sun ive beento sex clinics my gp several times nd finally went to a dermatologist he said it was dermatitis gave yet another cream and it still hasn't workd ive had endless cream yet its still here its so bad I don't go out or do anything friends and girlfriends no chance because of this





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I've got a red rash on my groin only on 1 side & it sometimes itches is there anythin u can use 2 get rid ov it





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Hi I am 53, I have red inflamed arms, I do suffer dermatitis, but it is embarrassing to wear a shirt to work as my arms are so red and blotchy I put foundation on them to cover it up, it runs from my hands up to my elbows, I just wish to be able to wear anything and not feel like this. Is there something I could use on it to take the redness out at least, have tried loads of creams but some thin my skin so have to avid using these.....





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Hello, I have dermatitis and I have it on the palm of my hand and Every time it gets better it gets worse again. It's about an inch in diameter in a circle and just won't go away, is there anything I can do?





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Hi, i've had a sore patch around the back entrance of my vagina for years now. I've been tested for bacteria, thrush, and viral infections such as Herpes and HIV, and everything came back normal. The GPs i've been to visit aren't worried, and say it will probably go away on it's own but it's been years now. It doesn't get any worse or any better, or any bigger or smaller, just stays the same. Any ideas what it could be? As my doctors seem clueless and any creams they have given me aren't really working, or will it take longer than three weeks for this kind of thing to clear up? Thank you.





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Hi i got diagnosed with dermititus about 4 years ago. I work as a mechanic and only happens when i use latex gloves and when my hands get hot/stressed or some chemicals to do with my job. I now use nitrieal gloves or latex free gloves but still get syptonms where my hands itch really bad and my skin just peels off then i get small blisters on my fingers and hands that can be painful at times when bending my fingers. I have tried steriod creams and mosterisers which dont really seem to heal them but just mask the problem. My doctors just dont seem intrested to help me anymore, is there any other treatment or specail doctor i could see? Thank you for the help and sorry about the speling.





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Hiya I have the same condition as you but much more severe I get it on my hands and fingers and the sole of my feet. I get small bumps on my skin it then really itches and turns into blisters, very painful. You feel stiffness im your fingers and the skin gets very sore and it peels off and new skin comes through. Then the whole procedure starts again. I am allergic to rubber, so when I do touch or wear shoes with rubber it will trigger the illness to flair up. I have to use a steriod cream called dermovate cream I rub it sparingley all over my hands and fingers then i put pladgic gloves on my hands just normal plastic gloves what you use in the petrol stations and let the cream sweat into the skin. I normally do this at night and trust me do this at least 2x times and it really relives the skin and it heals do much quicker. Its not a cure but it helps and then you feel more in contol. I have had to live with this for 20 years now and its a common thing to have. You should get a allergy test done at your local hospital ask your doctor to refer you. All the best

Hello I am 23. I have suffered from dandruff/dermatitis I have had this since I was 16. I have had number of formulas that the doctors have giving me. But it is not going away and it itches like made all the time and I don't know what to do any more.





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Hi I started with little red spots on my fingers that turn into thick like yellow lumps on skin i have had it for almost a year now i have seen the doctor numerous times he has prescribed me all different creams the only one that worked was fucebet cream and all it did was take the redness away so it is till there and i have been using it for about a year now. I have also just been told i have perorial dermatitis around my eyes and on my chin. it is really getting me down my doctor just does not seem bothered and will not refer me to the hospital as he says its not severe enough! he has also prescribed 2 new creams one for the fingers call betnovate and for the perorial dermatitis on my face hydro cortisone cream. Please can you help me.





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