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Dermatitis is the general term used to describe different skin inflammation that usually involves an itchy rash and swollen red skin. When the skin is affected by dermatitis it may blister, leak fluid, may develop crust and flakes off. There are many examples of dermatitis such as:

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) – it usually starts in infancy and commonly affects areas in the body that flexes such as inside at the front of the neck, behind the knees and inside the elbows. When the rashes are scratched, it can leak fluid and crust over. Individuals who have this skin disorder will occasionally improve and then flare-ups.
Contact dermatitis – this condition causes the skin to become red, forms blisters, becomes dry and cracked. This reaction occurs usually a few hours or days from the exposure of the irritant or allergen. This skin condition can attack any part of the body but is common in the face and hands. Common causes of contact dermatitis are due to substances that directly damage the outer layer of skin or a substance that will affect the immune system’s response that will eventually affect the skin.
Seborrheic dermatitis – this skin condition affects oily areas in the body, such as the face, upper chest, and back. It is characterized by scaly patches, red skin, and stubborn dandruff. It can be a long-term condition with remissions and flare-ups.


The causes of dermatitis can be caused by a number of health conditions, allergies, irritants, and genetic factors. Most importantly it would also result in different types of dermatitis.
Eczema can be caused by dry skin, an immune system abnormality and bacteria, and environmental conditions
Contact dermatitis – can result from direct contact of substances that can cause allergies on a susceptible individual’s skin. Examples are poison ivy, jewelry containing nickel, cleaning products, detergents, cosmetics and preservatives on some shampoos and lotions, hair dyes, latex rubber.
Seborrheic dermatitis – can be caused by a fungus that is in the oil secretion of the skin. Individuals with this type of dermatitis will experience remissions and flare-ups.

You have a high chance of developing dermatitis when you are:

  • Age. You can get dermatitis at any age. However, there are skin disorders that can happen during infancy like atopic dermatitis.
  • Sensitivity to allergens – Some people are just susceptible to getting dermatitis and it can be inherited
  • Occupation – If your work involves handling harmful chemicals, solvents or cleaning supplies there is a high risk of you developing eczema.

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If you think you are suffering from Dermatitis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Dermatitis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).