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Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema:

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It's common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever.

Signs and symptoms vary widely from person to person and include:

  • Dry skin.

  • Itching, which may be severe, especially at night.

  • Red to brownish-gray patches, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and in infants, the face and scalp.

  • Small, raised bumps.

  • Thickened, cracked, scaly skin.

Atopic dermatitis most often begins before age 5 and may persist into adolescence and adulthood. For some people, it flares periodically and then clears up.

Healthy skin helps retain moisture and protects you from bacteria, irritants and allergens. Eczema is related to a gene variation that affects the skin's ability to provide this protection. This allows your skin to be affected by environmental factors, irritants and allergens.​

Treatment includes:

  • Identifying and avoiding skin irritants

  • Avoiding extreme temperatures

  • Lubricating your  skin with bath oils, moisturizing creams or ointments

  • Tablets to releive itching

  • Phototherapy

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