Atopic Dermatitis

Itch is often described as the hallmark of atopic dermatitis (AD) with nearly 100% of people with AD reporting itch as one of their major symptoms - Jodi L. Johnson, PhD

Atopic Dermatitis
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Atopic Dermatitis Overview

No itchy skin rash is ever welcome, but when your dermatologist says you have eczema, it’s especially unpleasant news. Some forms of eczema—specifically atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common type—tend to become repeat visitors... The cluster of skin conditions known by that name affects all races and both genders, but it’s slightly more common in adult females. In adults, the rash is most likely to show up in the creases of the elbows and knees and at the nape of the neck.

A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests the consequences of eczema can be far-reaching. Patients report poor nighttime sleep quality, greater than normal daytime sleepiness, lost work days,…

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 Atopic Dermatitis Overview

If you or your child has been diagnosed with AD, you may have already heard a lot of information about this condition. Dermatologists often find that much of what people know about AD is based on misconceptions. Sometimes, these misconceptions can be harmful.

 What Is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis (AD) differs from most other forms of eczema in that it doesn’t have an obvious external trigger, although exposure to environmental factors like detergents, fragrances, pollutants and preservatives may play a role. “When atopic dermatitis is flaring and itching, it’s in a patient’s consciousness every waking moment,” says Jenny Murase, M.D.

The Complex Science Behind Itch in Atopic Dermatitis

Itch is the most common and burdensome symptom of AD...

The Lancet

It is the leading non-fatal health burden attributable to skin diseases, inflicts a substantial psychosocial burden on patients and their relatives, and increases the risk of food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, and mental health disorders. Originally regarded as a childhood disorder...

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