What Is Atopic Dermatitis?


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Atopic dermatitis is the medical term for the chronic inflammatory skin disease that most of us call eczema. It’s actually only one specific type of eczema—and the most common type. Atopic dermatitis typically first develops in young children, usually under the age of five. In fact, the National Eczema Foundation estimates that it affects about 10.7% of children in the United States. But the condition can and often does persist into adulthood, affecting as many as 10.2% of American adults. And while it’s much less common to develop atopic dermatitis as an adult, it is possible to develop it at any age.

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

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