Dermatitis is a general term which means, literally, ‘inflammation of the skin’. There are many causes and types of dermatitis. In some cases the inflammation is caused by direct irritation from various things in the external environment: chemicals, infections, insect bites and so on. In other cases the inflammation is caused by allergic reactions. In many cases the exact cause is unknown or never identified. In some cases, mild inflammation is made worse by a child scratching an itchy bite or rash. This chapter discusses some of the more common causes of dermatitis in children, including eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, scabies and head lice.
- What is dermatitis
- Head lice