Atopic Dermatitis

Living with atopic dermatitis 

Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. It’s a chronic disease characterized by inflammation under the skin. It makes the skin itchy, red, and painful. Just because your skin is clear on the outside doesn't mean that the inflammation under your skin is not there all the time.

Atopic Dermatitis Diagnosis

You are not alone

Your doctor may use several methods to diagnose your atopic dermatitis, including where a rash is located on the body, how much of the body is affected, and whether the redness, swelling, and itch are mild, moderate, or severe to you. You may hear your doctor mention methods that include the Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) score and the Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) score.

EASI assesses what parts of your body are affected and the severity of the eczema in each of those body locations. The IGA uses your doctor’s subjective opinion to make an overall global assessment of the severity of your condition.

Atopic dermatitis can also affect you emotionally. You may feel alone at times, but there are millions of people who may be living with similar physical and mental symptoms related to atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis affects more than 18 million adults and 9.6 million children in the US.

Here you can read about their stories and find useful tips and tools to navigating life with atopic dermatitis.

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What triggers atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a complex, chronic disease. It is unclear what triggers atopic dermatitis; however, it can run in families, meaning that if you have it, your child may be more likely to develop it as well. 

Atopic dermatitis often begins in early childhood and can be triggered or affected by many factors such as environment, stress, and lifestyle.

Discover the triggers of atopic dermatitis
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Atopic dermatitis stories

You are not alone in facing the challenges posed by atopic dermatitis. Many people live with atopic dermatitis every day, and their stories and experiences can provide insights into what it means to live with this disease.
Explore atopic dermatitis stories

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic and complex skin disease. There is a lot to learn about the disease: its triggers, symptoms, and associated risks. Read on to learn more.
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Food Allergies More Prevalent in Skin-Scratching Atopic Dermatitis Patients

New research explores the connection between scratching the skin and intestinal changes in patients with atopic dermatitis. Research conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital suggests that giving in to the urge to scratch may lead to food allergies in patients with atopic dermatitis. Read about the study by clicking the link below.
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Eczema & Food Allergies in Kids: How Are They Related, What Should You Do?

While for some children eczema symptoms may come and go, others may also develop allergic conditions such as hay fever or asthma. Children with eczema are more likely to develop food allergies. Read more to understand how a child’s eczema and allergies can be related, and what caretakers can do to help.
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Probiotic Treatment Through 6 Months of Age Helps Prevent Atopic Dermatitis in Infants

Infants who received probiotics through 6 months of age had a significantly lower incidence of atopic dermatitis compared with infants who did not receive probiotics, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. The rate of atopic dermatitis has increased worldwide in recent years, with a prevalence of 10% to 20% in children, according to Lin Li, MD, and colleagues.
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