November 13, 2022

What is Dermatitis/Eczema?


  • Dermatitis and eczema are used interchangeably. All eczema is dermatitis, but not all dermatitis is eczema.
  • They are two main types of eczema: Exogenous (external factor triggers inflammation) and Endogenous (internal factors causing flareups).
  • They are a number of tests and treatments available depending on the type you have.

What is Dermatitis/Eczema ?

Dermatitis is essentially referring to different forms of skin inflammations. These inflammations can come in the form of dry skin, itchiness, bumps, swelling, discoloration of skin, and typically followed by infections.

P.S – While dermatitis refers to skin inflammations, eczema was derived from the Greek word for “boil or bubble over” typically referring to swelling within tissue.

Almost everyone in their lifetime may develop dermatitis in some shape or form. As we get older, our body undergoes biological changes, partly in relation with our lifestyle so this can be expected. Ultimately, they are two types of dermatitis: Exogenous and Endogenous.

Exogenous Dermatitis

This refers to external factors that causes skin inflammation. Some examples are:

Endogenous Dermatitis

Treatment Options

Treatment differs based on the type of dermatitis you have. For example, if you have an exogenous type, chances are your treatment will be things like patch testing. If you have the endogenous type, then a dermatologist may recommend things like hydrocortisones and anti-fungal medicines whereas a naturopathic doctor would conduct tests (blood tests, GI tests, etc.) to discover internal signs and recommend wholistic approaches as needed.

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