Atopic Dermatitis

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Atopic Dermatitis is a common condition that tends to affect children more that adults. Males and females are affected equally. The onset may be during the first few months of life presenting as weeping, crusting, and pruritic erythema on the face, genital region & scalp. Children often show permanent remission (skin tends to stay dry and irritates easily).
Research suggests 65% of cases begin during year one and 90% by the year five. An estimated 10% of all children experience symptoms of Atopic dermatitis. 60% of these will show exacerbation during adulthood.

Children are more susceptible if hay fever or asthma is present in other family members. A higher risk exists if both parents suffer an Atopic condition. Where one identical twin (identical genetic makeup) suffers an Atopic condition the other has an 80-90% chance of contraction.

During adolescence and adulthood, the condition tends to become localised and lichenified affecting the eyelids, neck/scalp and wrists/hands. Blisters and papules may develop which may rupture becoming infected. Cracks around the ears are common. The skin may become hyper-pigmented. Scales may be present. Re occurrence is common. Atopic Dermatitis tends to show improvement with age.

Atopic Dermatitis is not contagious. Shows similarities to Seborrhoeic Dermatitis in infants (cradle cap) and contact dermatitis in adolescent/adult cases. Incorrect diagnosis is common.

Removing the cause may not promote remission except in infants. Research shows that Atopic Dermatitis patients tend to have high serum levels of IgE antibodies, the significance is unknown. Psychological stress associated with Atopic Dermatitis can be considerable especially in baby’s who can’t self manipulate.