Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema. It mainly affects children, but can continue into adulthood.
Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.
Atopic eczema commonly occurs in areas with folds of skin, such as:
- Behind the knees
- The inside of the elbows
- On the side of the neck
- Around the eyes and ears
Atopic eczema can vary in severity and most people are only mildly affected. Severe symptoms include cracked, sore and bleeding skin.
People with atopic eczema usually have periods when symptoms are less noticeable, as well as flare-ups when symptoms become more severe.
It often occurs in people who get allergies ("atopic" means sensitivity to allergens).
Atopic eczema can run in families and often occurs alongside other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
I will endeavour to rule out these allergies by laboratory testing, therefore reducing the 'breakouts'.
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