• Image
  • Image

Atopic dermatitis

If you are suffering from atopic dermatitis (or atopic Eczema) the first and most important step in an effective treatment should be learning more about this skin disease.

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis (or atopic eczema) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease associated with intense itching. It can occur in all age groups, but is most frequent during early infancy and childhood (10-20%). It is increasingly prevalent, especially in industrialized countries. Skin barrier deficiency, the immune system, genetic and environmental factors are the main causes in the pathogenesis. Flare-ups (worsening of the condition) and remissions fluctuate over time, affecting the patients’ quality of life. The most common symptoms are dry and itchy skin, but when there is a flare-up, red areas or rashes may develop on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees. Atopic dermatitis patients often suffer from irritant and allergic reactions, bacterial and viral skin infections, hay fever and asthma.

How to treat atopic dermatitis

Currently there is no cure for the disease. Topical preparations, phototherapy and systemic treatment can produce a symptom-free status. Moisturizers are crucial in the management of the disease. Avoiding triggering factors (environmental irritants & allergens, emotional stress, sweating, infection) can prevent flare-ups. 

Find out more about ATopic dermatitis online:

This is a global website focused on educating the public and patients about skin conditions and the different types of treatments that are available to treat and manage these diseases. This site is not intended as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor, and may include discussions about therapies or treatment options that may not be available in your country. We encourage you to use the information contained in this site to educate yourself about your disease and allow better communication between you and your healthcare professional.

Follow us Follow us on twitter Follow us on Linkedin

Corporate responsibility

Growing a responsible dermatological community

Discover some of the positive initiatives we are involved in across the world

Read