What Is Dermatitis?
The word “dermatitis” is used in dermatology as a blanket term to describe any type of skin inflammation or skin rash. There are many causes of dermatitis, including bacterial, viral, fungal, autoimmune, allergic, or coming into contact with an offending agent. Anyone of any age and skin type can develop a dermatitis on any part of the body. A dermatitis can present in many different ways, which is why any skin rash should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologic practitioner.
If a dermatitis is presenting in an unusual manner, your dermatologic provider may decide to perform a skin biopsy to ensure a more accurate diagnosis. This is a quick and relatively painless procedure that takes a small plug of skin that is sent to the laboratory for tissue analysis under a microscope.
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