Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic skin disease that also is called atopic eczema. The onset of AD is usually during the first five years of life. Atopic is a term used to describe allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever and AD. People with AD tend to have dry, itchy and easily irritated skin. This can continue for years and may result in damage to the skin, especially when it is scratched.

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