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:
CARE AT HOME
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