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  1. atopic dermatitis, atopic eczema(noun)

    a severe form of dermatitis characterized by atopy

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  1. Atopic dermatitis

    Atopic dermatitis also known as atopic eczema or eczema is a type of dermatitis, an inflammatory, relapsing, non-contagious and itchy skin disorder. It is often chronic in nature. In children under one year of age much of the body may be affected. As they get older the back of the knees and front of the elbows are the most common area for the rash. In adults the hands and feet are most affected. The cause is believed to involve a number of factors including: genetics, immune system dysfunction, environmental exposures, and difficulties with the permeability of the skin. The diagnosis is based on the signs and symptoms. Other diseases that need to be excluded are contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Treatment involves avoiding things that make it worse, daily bathing with application of a moisturising cream afterwards, applying steroid creams when flares occur, and medications to help with itchiness. Antibiotics may be needed if infections develop. It affects more than 10% of children in the United States and is more common in younger children. Most people outgrow it.

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