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Someone who knows a little Latin recognizes right away that this medical term must describe a skin condition; it shares a root with the formal name for a skin doctor, a dermatologist. Contact dermatitis is a variety of the much better-known eczema skin condition. The name indicates how contact between the skin and some irritating substance, or perhaps an allergic reaction, causes this condition to develop. This is a key difference between this health issue and the more common atopic eczema that often runs in families. Contact dermatitis condition responds well to treatment, and some sufferers get a full cure.

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1. How does this condition change the appearance of the skin?

You soon notice how this skin disorder damages the skin on your face and hands, although it also sometimes affects other parts of the body. It causes areas of skin to become reddish. The skin could become very dry, and you might notice cracked skin. These symptoms contrast with the signs of other types of eczema. For example, discoid eczema marks the skin with circular or oval reddish patches, and varicose eczema affects the area around the varicose vein in the lower leg.

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