Atopic dermatitis is a common skin
condition that affects 10% to 20% of children in industrialized countries and
urban Africa.1 It can occur in adults but occurs
mostly in young children.
Of children with atopic dermatitis, approximately
50% first develop symptoms in their first year of life and 30% between ages 1
Although older studies have
indicated that most children outgrow the condition, more recent studies report
that many people continue to have relapses or to have the condition, although
not as severely, as teenagers and adults.2
People with a history of atopic dermatitis often have other
allergic conditions. For example:
When Stephanie Knox’s 8-year-old daughter, Paige, starts scratching her eczema, sometimes she just can’t stop. "It’s really amazing how she can keep scratching and digging at her skin and still the itch doesn’t go away," says Knox. "So we’ve had to come up with some creative ways to help soothe her itchiness and help her stop scratching."
Eczema can cause unbearable itchiness for people of all ages, but children often have an especially hard time with scratching.
"The trouble with scratching is...