dermatitis

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dermatitis [(dur-muh-teye-tis)]

An inflammation of the skin. Itching and redness are the basic symptoms of dermatitis, which has a variety of causes, including allergies and exposure of the skin to irritants, such as chemicals or sunlight.

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