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Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis Basics

Atopic Dermatitis (a type of eczema) is an extremely common, but frustrating skin condition for children and their parents. It is a chronic condition, and at this time, there is no cure for atopic dermatitis. It can usually be seen by age 5 in children who are predisposed to the condition.

In young children and infants, rashes can often be seen on the face and forehead. When older, they develop similar dry rashes on the inside of the elbows, the knees, and other creased areas. The following are typical symptoms of atopic dermatitis:

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling

When Advanced:

  • Cracking
  • Blistering
  • Oozing
  • Bleeding
  • Infections from the injury

Who gets atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that can affect anyone, but it has a strong hereditary component. If you or your partner has or had eczema, hayfever, or asthma in the past, there is a greater likelihood that your child will develop atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a very common disease in childhood. For many people, it will disappear altogether or exhibit less severe symptoms as they reach adulthood. This, however, is not always the case. There are also cases where patients develop the disease in their adult years.

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