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What is atopic dermatitis?

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  • Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. It often affects people who also have: Asthma or hay fever
  • Family history of eczema, asthma, or hay fever
  • Defects in the skin barrier, allowing moisture out and germs in

Atopic dermatitis usually begins during infancy or childhood, but it can strike people at any age.

From: Types of Eczema WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Habif, T. , 5th edition, Mosby, 2009. Clinical Dermatology

Hanifin, J. , June 2007. Dermatitis

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: , 2nd edition. Current Clinical Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Habif, T. , 5th edition, Mosby, 2009. Clinical Dermatology

Hanifin, J. , June 2007. Dermatitis

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: , 2nd edition. Current Clinical Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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