Eczema is the term commonly used to refer to atopic dermatitis, which we will discuss here, although it is more accurately a collection of different inflammatory skin conditions that share similar microscopic patterns.
Atopic Dermatitis is a common, chronic and relapsing condition that can affects people of all ages but can usually be found starting at an early age. It is a condition influenced by both genetics and the environment. People who are diagnosed with atopic dermatitis may also have allergies and asthma. These individuals should take careful steps to avoid triggers in the environment.
The presentation of atopic dermatitis varies amongst different people. Symptoms of atopic dermatitis can include itchiness, scaliness, and redness of the skin. Presentation depends on age, but in adults, common areas where the rash affects the skin may include the creases of the arms and back of the legs.
Although there is no known cure for atopic dermatitis, many treatments are available to help the symptoms associated with this chronic condition. In addition to lifestyle changes, topical medications and oral medications are often effective. The exact treatment will depend on many factors, so it is important to be evaluated by your dermatologist first.
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