What Is Atopic Dermatitis Eczema and What Are the Symptoms of It?

Q:
What is atopic dermatitis eczema and what are the symptoms of it?

A:
Dermatitis is also called eczema. It is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. The cause is not clear. It may get better or worse over time, but it is often a long-lasting disease.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) signs and symptoms vary widely from person to person and include:

  •  Dry skin
  • Itching, which may be severe, especially at night
  • Red to brownish-gray patches, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and in infants, the face and scalp
  • Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
  • Thickened, cracked, scaly skin
  • Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching

Here are some pictures of atopic dermatitis (eczema):

               

If the symptoms are getting worse, please go to your doctor.

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