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what are the differences between dermatitis and eczema?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Interchangable: The difference between dermatitis and eczema is more or less academic. Dermatitis emphasizes "inflammation" which only reveals in pathological tissue exam. Eczema is a clinical term without referring to pathological finding. Classically, eczema involves seven features: erythema/redness, oozing/blistering, scaliness/flaking, crusting/cracking/dryness, swelling, itching and bleeding.
Answered on Jan 21, 2019
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
All ecxema is a : Dermatitis, not all dermatitis is eczema. This is a wording issue. Eczema is just type of problem that involves the skin. A dermatitis is a broad word that includes anything that causes disruption of the healthy skin.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016

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