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Eczema (Child)

Eczema: Overview, causes and treatment | KKH

Eczema (Child) - What it is

​What is Atopic Dermatitis / Atopic Eczema?

Atopic dermatitis (AD) or atopic eczema is a very common recurrent, itchy skin condition in children.

Many patients have a personal or family history of other atopic conditions (eg. asthma, allergic rhinitis or allergic conjunctivitis). Many genes involved in the formation of the skin barrier and the skin's immune system play a role in the development of AD. Many patients with AD have dry skin which is easily irritated.

Most children with AD improve as they get older. However, the condition can recur even after an inactive period.

How does Atopic Dermatitis / Atopic Eczema present?

AD commonly starts in infancy but some patients may present in childhood or later.

  • In infants and babies, AD commonly affects the scalp and face. In more severe cases, it can also affect the limbs and trunk.
  • In children and adolescents, AD commonly affects the flexural areas (eg. neck, elbows and behind the knees). It can become more generalised in more severely affected patients.

AD appears as red, scaly scratched rashes. Blisters may be seen. In long-standing cases, the skin can become quite thick.

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