Atopic dermatitis: What is it?
Atopic dermatitis (also called atopic eczema) is common among children. Approx. 12-15% of children in Germany develop atopic dermatitis. The central elements of the condition are a damaged skin barrier and extremely dry skin. Atopic dermatitis is chronic, non-contagious skin inflammation that flares up at recurrent intervals. It is usually accompanied by severe itching, dry skin and eczema, with differing severities.
Atopic dermatitis belongs to the group of atopic diseases. Sufferers are more likely to develop asthma, hay fever and other allergies.
Symptoms of atopic dermatitis
- Dry, scaly skin
- Severe itching
- Eczema, sometimes inflamed and/or weeping
- Thickened or coarser areas of skin