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
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.