Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema, it is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin.. Although it can occur anytime, it is more common in children and infants. Over two-thirds of individuals affected by this disorder have a family history of similar problems. About one-third of people with atopic dermatitis also have other allergic disorders that affect the respiratory system, such as asthma or hay fever.
Causes of Dermatitis, Atopic
The cause of this condition is not entirely known. The strong family involvement, makes some sort of genetic predisposition a possibility. Similarly, some type of overactivity of the immune-system has been postulated.
Signs and Symptoms of Dermatitis, Atopic
Atopic dermatitis or eczema produces patches of dry, itchy and thickened skin. The areas that are commonly affected include regions where heat and moisture are retained, such as skin creases of elbows, knees, neck, face, hands, feet, groin, genitals and around the anus. At times, the itching can be very severe and interfere with sleep.
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