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Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a condition that causes dry, itchy and inflamed skin. It's common in young children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare sometimes. It can be irritating but it's not contagious.

People with atopic dermatitis are at risk of developing food allergies, high fever and asthma.

Moisturizing regularly and following other skin care habits can relieve itching and prevent new outbreaks (flares). Treatment may also include medicated ointments or creams.


Atopic dermatitis (eczema) symptoms can appear anywhere on the body and vary widely from person to person. They may include:

  1. Dry, cracked skin
  2. Itchiness (pruritus)
  3. Rash on swollen skin that varies in color depending on your skin color
  4. Small, raised bumps, on brown or Black skin
  5. Oozing and crusting
  6. Thickened skin
  7. Darkening of the skin around the eyes
  8. Raw, sensitive skin from scratching

Atopic dermatitis often begins before age 5 and may continue into the teen and adult years. For some people, it flares and then clears up for a time, even for several years.