What is Atopic Dermatitis?
This is the most common form of eczema and often has the appearance of a red, itchy rash that can occur on the legs and feet. It usually begins in childhood but it can occur at any age. There is usually a strong family history of eczema.
- Dry skin
- Itching (may be worse at night)
- Thick cracked skin
- Raw sensitive skin (usually from scratching)
- Thickened skin lines
The precise cause is unknown. There is a genetic predisposition for this problem. There may be associated food allergies. The patient may have sensitivity to environmental factors. As a result, patients may also have hay fever or asthma.
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