Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema

Childhood Skin Problems

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) on an infant's back
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Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation. Atopic dermatitis is the most common of the many types of eczema. While the word "dermatitis" means inflammation of the skin, "atopic" refers to an allergic tendency, which is often inherited. These eczema sufferers have a higher risk of developing other allergic conditions (like asthma or hay fever).

Eczema is a chronic problem for many people. It is most common among infants, many of whom outgrow it before school age. Read more about eczema.

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