Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a common skin disease that causes the skin to be itchy and scaly. It often occurs in infants and children but can be seen in adults. It’s also very common. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 10 to 20 percent of children worldwide have atopic dermatitis.
The location and distribution of eczema may change with age. In infants and young children, it may be on the face, outside of the elbows and on the knees. In older children and adults, it tends to be on the hands and feet, arms and on the back of the knees.
Medical experts do not know the exact cause of atopic dermatitis. It tends to run in families and is seen more frequently when patients or their family members have either asthma or seasonal allergies.
Common symptoms of eczema include bumpy, scaly skin; redness and swelling and thickening of the skin.
Some symptoms of atopic dermatitis differ depending on your age:
Some tips for keeping your symptoms under control include:
Treatment requires both medication and lifestyle changes to:
Medications may include:
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