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About Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema. Eczema is a general term for inflamed, irritated, itchy skin. It is not itself a specific skin condition, but always includes itching and rash.
There are quite a few different forms of eczema, and atopic dermatitis is the most common. Atopic dermatitis usually appears on the back of the knees, the insides of the elbows, the trunk of the body, and the face, but it can occur on any part of the body. It is not contagious.
While atopic dermatitis is often a chronic condition, there are things you can do to take care of your skin and avoid flare-ups.
Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
While your atopic dermatitis may vary in severity, symptoms may include:
- Itchy, inflamed patches of skin
- Swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and scaling of the skin
- Skin thickening
It's important to consult with your doctor if you experience a prolonged rash or irritation on your skin.
Although Atopic Dermatitis cannot be cured, it can be controlled with an appropriate treatment.