23 Jul What is atopic eczema?
Atopic eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis and is an itchy rash or disease of the skin. Eczema is inherited. The skin of a patient who has atopic eczema reacts very easily to irritants, food and environmental allergens such as pet dander and house dust mites. The skin becomes red, flaky and very itchy and bacterial infections can also occur. The skin on the inside of the elbows and the back of the knees are the most common sites for this condition. It most often starts in childhood or infancy and may last until adulthood.
Atopic eczema often occurs with other allergic conditions such as rhinitis (hay fever) asthma and allergic conjunctivitis. There is no cure for the condition but it can be managed by preventing the allergen and using allergy medicines – this is best treated by a doctor.