What Are the Differences: Eczema VS Atopic Dermatitis?

Q:
What are the differences: eczema VS atopic dermatitis?

A:
Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. The main difference between eczema and atopic dermatitis lies in that atopic dermatitis is just one type of eczema.  Atopic dermatitis is chronic and inflammatory. It happens when the immune system goes into overdrive in response to an allergen or irritant inside or outside the body.

Some common symptoms of atopic dermatitis:

  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Redness (erythema)
  • Itching
  • Cracks behind the ears
  • A rash on the cheeks, arms and legs
  • Open, crusted or “weepy” sores (usually during flare-ups)

Eczema include several different types:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis

No matter what kind of eczema you’ve got, it will cause itching and redness, but some may also cause your skin to blister, “weep,” or peel. It’s important to understand which type you may have and triggers, so that you can best treat and manage your eczema. Please make an appointment with your doctor.

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