Understanding Atopic Dermatitis

This booklet, prepared by National Jewish Health® in Denver, is intended to provide information about Atopic Dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a common chronic skin disease. It is also called atopic eczema. Atopic is a term used to describe allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever. Both dermatitis and eczema mean inflammation of the skin. People with atopic dermatitis tend to have dry, itchy and easily irritated skin. They may have times when their skin is clear and other times when they have rash.

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