Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Editor: V. Dimov, M.D., Allergist/Immunologist, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Clinical Associate Professor, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Atopic dermatitis is a long-term (chronic) skin disorder that causes scaly and itchy rashes. Atopic dermatitis affects 17% of people. It is important to recognize that atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease - brief therapies fail. Prevention of the rash is the key.

Eczema or atopic dermatitis
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Hives (urticaria) and angioedema
Allergic Skin Conditions
Eczema Action Plan by Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Contact dermatitis
Allergy Testing
Allergic shiners, Dennie's lines, Allergic salute, Nasal crease, Postnasal drip
Skin Allergy Quiz by AAAAI

Atopic Dermatitis Treatment - Illustrated (click to enlarge the image).

Atopic dermatitis maintenance (click to enlarge the image).

Medications for Chronic Pruritus (CP): Neuromodulators break itch-scratch cycle (click to enlarge the image).

Allergic (atopic) march (click here to enlarge the image). Allergic (Atopic) March refers to the natural history or typical progression of allergic diseases that often begin early in life. These include atopic dermatitis (eczema), food allergy, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma.

Diagnosis of Pruritus (Itching) (click to enlarge the image).

What to expect when visiting an allergy clinic

Current allergy skin tests are virtually painless. This video by Dr. Bassett, a board-certified allergist from New York City, shows what to expect when visiting an allergy clinic for diagnosis and treatment:

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Action Plan by National Jewish Health:

How to use topical steroid - video by National Eczema Association.

Related reading:

Free & Clear™ Product Line
RoBathol™ Bath Oil
Emollients: ointments are better than creams which are better than lotions - National Eczema Society
Atopic dermatitis yardstick: Practical recommendations for an evolving therapeutic landscape
Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.

Published: 07/12/2008
Updated: 09/22/2022

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