Atopic Dermatitis

What Is Atopic Dermatitis? Atopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects the skin. It is not contagious; it cannot be passed from one person to another. The word “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin. “Atopic” refers to ...1

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Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy. Scratching leads to redness, swelling, cracking, “weeping” clear fluid, and finally, crusting and scaling. ...Source: NIAMS (NIH)2 ...

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Complications of Atopic Dermatitis

Although some people outgrow skin symptoms, many children with atopic dermatitis go on to develop hay fever or asthma. ...Source: NIAMS (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Atopic Dermatitis

The cause of atopic dermatitis is not known, but the disease seems to result from a combination of genetic (hereditary) and environmental factors. Children are more likely to develop this disorder if a parent has had it or another atopic ...4

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Causes List for Atopic Dermatitis

Some possible causes of Atopic Dermatitis or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Atopic Dermatitis

Some of the types of this condition may include:6 Types of Atopic dermatitis:

  • Late onset atopic dermatitis
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Diagnosis of Atopic Dermatitis

Diagnosing Atopic Dermatitis: Each person with atopic dermatitis experiences a unique combination of symptoms, which may vary in severity over time. The doctor will base a diagnosis on the symptoms the patient experiences and may need to see the patient ...7

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Genetics of Atopic Dermatitis

Researchers have recently identified specific genes that are involved in maintaining the skin barrier. People with certain versions of these genes are more likely to get atopic dermatitis. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)8 ...

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Risk Factors for Atopic Dermatitis

Who Has Atopic Dermatitis? Atopic dermatitis is very common. It occurs equally in males and females and affects an estimated 30 percent of people in the United States. Although atopic dermatitis may occur at any age, it most often begins ...9

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Treatments: Atopic Dermatitis

Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis: The two main goals in treating atopic dermatitis are healing the skin and preventing flares. It is important for the patient and family members to note any changes in the skin’s condition in response to ...10

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Research for Atopic Dermatitis

What Research Is Being Conducted on Atopic Dermatitis? Researchers supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are gaining a better understanding of what causes ...11

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Names and Terminology

The word “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin. “Atopic” refers to a group of diseases in which there is often an inherited tendency to develop ...12

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  1. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Atopic_Dermatitis/ default.asp
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  7. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Atopic_Dermatitis/ default.asp
  8. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ apr2012/ feature1
  9. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Atopic_Dermatitis/ default.asp
  10. ibid.
  11. ibid.
  12. ibid.

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