Chapter 7. Eczema and Dermatitis

  1. Richard P. J. B. Weller MD, FRCP (Edin) Senior Lecturer1,
  2. John A. A. Hunter OBE, BA, MD, FRCP (Edin) Professor Emeritus of Dermatology2,
  3. John A. Savin MA, MD, ChB, FRCP, DIH Former Consultant Dermatologist3 and
  4. Mark V. Dahl BA, MD Professor of Dermatology former Chairman Professor Emeritus4,5

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch7

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Weller, R. P. J. B., Hunter, J. A. A., Savin, J. A. and Dahl, M. V. (2008) Eczema and Dermatitis, in Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

  4. 4

    College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146630

Online ISBN: 9781444300086



  • eczema and dermatitis;
  • eczema - working classification;
  • vesicular and crusted contact facial eczema (cosmetic allergy);
  • acute eczema;
  • exogenous eczema;
  • wet wrap dressings;
  • allergic contact dermatitis and atopic eczema;
  • seborrhoeic eczema;
  • napkin (diaper) dermatitis;
  • Juvenile plantar dermatosis - infantile seborrhoeic eczema and candidiasis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Terminology

  • Pathogenesis

  • Histology (Fig. 7.2)

  • Clinical appearance

  • Complications

  • Differential diagnosis

  • Investigations

  • Treatment

  • Common patterns of eczema

  • Further reading