Atopic dermatitis is often used interchangeably with “ Eczema”, but there is a difference. Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema, the most common form, and can present itself during the first six months of life.
It is a skin condition which most often results in red, thickened, and itchy patches of skin. According to the National Eczema Association, more than 30 million Americans suffer from some form of eczema.
Some common types of eczema are asteatotic eczema, dyshidrotic eczema, contact dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis.
The cause of atopic dermatitis is unknown, but it is believed that individuals who suffer from this skin condition also have a hereditary disposition to asthma and hay fever.
Individuals may suffer from mild, moderate, or chronic eczema, but dermatologic intervention can significantly improve eczema flare ups.