What is atopic dermatitis?
It's a chronic, often long-lasting skin condition marked with itching, skin rashes, inflammation. Eczema is often substituted as a clinical term. The atopic dermatitis triad includes: eczema, asthma and allergies like hayfever (and when the term atopic dermatitis is used, we often mean the triad) and is is typically found in males. In atopic dermatitis the skin can get very itchy, inflamed, red, crusty and scaly and ooze fluid. It typically runs in families. Dry skin features prominently.
What causes atopic dermatitis?
First, let's make clear that it is not contagious . There seems to be hypersensitivity and a tendency to have itchiness stimulated easily. It is associated with stress as an instigator of recurrences. Clearly there is a relationship with allergies. It can be familial.
How is it typically treated?
Doctors will typically create a personalized treatment plan that may involve avoid...
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