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Atopic Dermatitis Overview

What is atopic dermatitis?
A person with atopic dermatitis has chronic inflammation of the skin that causes an itchy, swollen, red rash. Atopic dermatitis is most common in children and the cause is unknown. Atopic dermatitis is most common in those with a family history of allergic rashes, nasal allergies, and asthma.

What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?
Common symptoms of atopic dermatitis include rash, skin redness, skin scaling, skin peeling, and skin crusting. Less commonly, there may be raised skin lesions that look like blisters.

How does the doctor treat atopic dermatitis?
Treatment measures for atopic dermatitis include avoiding substances that trigger a rash, gentle skin cleansing, oral antihistamines, topical corticosteroids, and oral corticosteroids.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Atopic Dermatitis References
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