Eczema & Dermatitis

Eczema originates from the Greek word “Ekzein”, which means “to boil”. Eczema is a common, non-infectious skin disease, that is exacerbated by internal or external factors.

Dermatitis (derm-, derma-, dermo-, dermat(o)- Prefix denoting the skin)- is a much broader term used to describe “inflammation of the skin”, in general.

The terms eczema & dermatitis are used interchangeably. Demarcation between the conditions is difficult at times, however similar treatment protocols are used for both conditions. In the interest of the reader or patient, it has been considered best to address them both in the same section.

There are many forms or subtypes of dermatitis/eczema. These include atopic eczema/dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis/eczema and contact dermatitis/ eczema.

The different types occur in pattern according to age (notice the overlap of certain types over varying age groups): PLEASE CLICK ON THE TYPE OF DERMATITIS / ECZEMA FOR MORE INFORMATION
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