Eczema or Dermatitis

Eczema or Dermatitis

Have you been told by one doctor that you have eczema whilst another doctor is telling you, you have dermatitis?


There is a good deal of confusion over the difference between eczema and dermatitis.  They both broadly mean skin inflammation.  Many doctors use the two terms interchangeably.

If you have atopic eczema, it is the same as having atopic dermatitis.

If you have irritant contact eczema it is the same as having irritant contact dermatitis.

The condition is the same, therefore the treatment is the same.  It is just a matter of varying terminology being used by different medical practitioners.

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