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Atopic dermatitis

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Background

  • Dermatitis literally means "inflammation of the skin." There are several different forms of dermatitis.
  • Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, occurs when the skin is abnormally sensitive to allergens, causing the skin to become red, flaky and itchy. This disease is chronic and recurrent. While there currently is no cure for atopic dermatitis, symptoms can be managed with a variety of treatments.
  • The disease is especially common among young children. Atopic dermatitis often affects individuals who have other atopic diseases like hay fever, asthma, or conjunctivitis (pinkeye).
  • According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), about one percent of all children's visits to doctors is for atopic dermatitis. The disease is estimated to affect 1-10% of infants in the United States. In addition, about 27% of infants whose mothers have allergies develop atopic dermatitis. While atopic dermatitis can be a lifelong disease, it usually goes away by age 25. In fact, about 50% of infants who have eczema before they are one year old have no symptoms by age two.

Other Types of Dermatitis

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Causes

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Symptoms

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Integrative Therapies

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Prevention

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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