Dermatitis is a condition of the skin with red and itchy patches in the form of scales or blisters with pus or fluid. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin which is extremely painful and scratchy. The various symptoms of dermatitis include soreness, swelling, pain, itching, burning sensations and redness of skin. In the case of severe dermatitis, there may be blisters, scaling and crusting of the skin. The common causes of dermatitis are an allergic reaction, environmental conditions, irritants, build up of toxins in the body, deficiencies and genetics. Dermatitis can also be a symptom of food allergy which can be fatal and life threatening at times. People with thin and dry skin are more sensitive to allergic reactions and tend to get dermatitis frequently. Atopic conditions of dermatitis or eczema are generally heredity and is related to allergies, asthma and stress. Dermatologists or general physicians diagnose the conditions and examine the reasons for the situations to suggest appropriate treatment. The diagnosis of dermatitis includes careful examination of skin by biopsies and by family history. Biopsy of skin is done in the laboratory to determine the exact cause of dermatitis. In many cases the treatment may not be required as it subsides on its own with time. In severe cases of dermatitis, the dermatologist may prescribe medicines, antibiotics, ointments, steroids, etc. In extreme cases steroids are given orally or injected into the body for relief from the condition. In cases of allergic reaction the dermatologist's advice to stay away from the irritant which is the best way to avoid dermatitis.
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