Understanding the Many Forms of Dermatitis

The skin is the largest organ in the body, so there are many factors that can affect its health. One of the more common concerns that we encounter from our patients at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta is dermatitis. Our experienced providers are involved through each step of diagnosis and treatment for the various types of issues that are associated with this condition. 

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Dermatitis occurs in a multitude of forms. This can cause confusion for patients if they  haven’t yet received an evaluation from a skilled dermatologist. Each person may experience different symptoms, so it’s difficult to self-diagnose. Symptoms of dermatitis can include, swelling, blistering, oozing, flaking, itching or reddening of the skin.

To give you a general understanding of the primary types of dermatitis, we’re providing brief overviews of each.

  • Stasis Dermatitis typically shows up as areas of swelling and blistering. People with poor circulation are much more susceptible. Most cases of stasis dermatitis are found in the lower portion of the legs.
  • If you made physical contact with a substance and your skin developed a red, itchy rash, then it’s possible that you have Allergic Contact Dermatitis. This type of dermatitis tends to appear days to weeks after exposure to an allergenic source.
  • Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that has periodic “flare ups” that show up as dry, reddish patches of skin. The majority of patients with eczema are children, but it can be found in people of any age.
  • Irritant Contact Dermatitis often appears when a person has repeated contact with a mild irritant that causes the skin. Some of the usual culprits include soap, deodorant and certain laundry detergents.
  • Neurodermatitis begins with a patch of itchy skin that causes an extreme urge to scratch. The area can become increasingly scaly, discolored and leathery over time, as it’s itched.
  • Perioral Dermatitis is an inflamed rash that is located around the mouth, nose and eyes. Small red bumps and flaking skin are frequently associated with this condition.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis is primarily found on the scalp. It looks like scaly red patches and often causes prominent dandruff. Stress or cold and dry weather can cause this type of dermatitis to appear at a greater frequency.


At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, we can pinpoint your specific type of dermatitis through our comprehensive diagnosing process. Once the type of dermatitis has been established, our experienced providers will apply advanced treatment to relieve you of your symptoms. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office at (404) 256-4457. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more updates on our dermatology procedures and monthly cosmetic specials.