FAQs About Atopic Dermatitis


Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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Atopic dermatitis, more frequently called eczema, is a common skin condition that affects over 30 million Americans. Anyone can have eczema, including children, and if you have it, you’re probably looking for answers and support. The good news is, in most cases, eczema is very manageable. As you learn more about your eczema, be sure to ask your doctor about any special concerns or questions you might have.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a dry skin condition that makes your skin itchy and red. In more severe cases, your skin can become crusty and can bleed or split open. Most people with eczema have periods of flare-ups which go away over time. Occasionally, flare-ups can occur along with asthma or hay fever. This condition is chronic, meaning that it’s long-lasting. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for eczema, but there are many treatments available to help relieve itching and prevent outbreaks.

Caring for sensitive skin and eczema can be challenging, but with the right tips and tricks, you can give your skin the love it needs.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 28, 2017

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