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Introduction
Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema. It mainly affects children, but can continue into adulthood.
Symptoms of atopic eczema
The symptoms of atopic eczema may always be present, and include itchy, dry and red skin. Symptoms become worse during a flare-up.
Causes of atopic eczema
There is no single cause of eczema. However, there are several triggers that can make your symptoms worse.
Diagnosing atopic eczema
Your GP will usually be able to diagnose atopic eczema by assessing your or your child's skin and asking some questions about the condition.
Treating atopic eczema
Treatments for atopic eczema may including emollients, topical corticosteroids, antihistamines, antibiotics and self-care techniques.
Complications of atopic eczema
The complications of atopic eczema can include physical problems such as infections, as well as psychological issues, particularly in children.
'I hope she'll grow out of the eczema'
Ruby was diagnosed with eczema at six weeks old. Her mum, Daniella, explains how they've learned to cope with Ruby's condition.
'A lot of things work for a while, then lose their effectiveness'
Battling against eczema since he was a baby, John Fuller has tried just about every treatment option available.
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See what your doctor sees, find out what is happening with your Eczema (Atopic) treatment and what the next steps might be.