Atopic eczema

Alternative Names

Infantile eczema; Atopic dermatitis; Dermatitis – atopic; Eczema – atopic

Definition of Atopic eczema

Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes. as well as blistering, weeping, or peeling of the skin. Atopic eczema is the most common type.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Atopic eczema is due to a (similar to an ) in the skin, which leads to long-term inflammation.


Typical skin changes may include:

Signs and tests

Diagnosis is primarily based on:



Expectations (prognosis)

Eczema is a chronic condition, but you can control it with treatment, by avoiding irritants, and by keeping the skin well-moisturized.


Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 10/26/2009

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