Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic skin disease that also is called eczema. It's estimated that 30 percent of Americans, including one in 10 children, have some form of eczema. People with atopic dermatitis tend to have dry, itchy and easily irritated skin. This disease usually begins and ends during childhood, but some people continue to have the disease into adulthood.
Once you're diagnosed with eczema, it's important to know what aggravates your skin. Allergies, food allergies, temperature, humidity, emotions, stress and other irritants can make the itch and rash of eczema worse. Living well with eczema means reducing skin irritation by avoiding triggers, helping the skin retain moisture and following your doctor’s treatment plan.
Use these resources to live better with atopic dermatitis.