Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. The main difference between eczema and atopic dermatitis lies in that atopic dermatitis is just one type of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is chronic and inflammatory. It happens when the immune system goes into overdrive in response to an allergen or irritant inside or outside the body.
Some common symptoms of atopic dermatitis:
Eczema include several different types:
- Dry, scaly skin
- Redness (erythema)
- Cracks behind the ears
- A rash on the cheeks, arms and legs
- Open, crusted or “weepy” sores (usually during flare-ups)
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Nummular eczema
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis
No matter what kind of eczema you’ve got, it will cause itching and redness, but some may also cause your skin to blister, “weep,” or peel. It’s important to understand which type you may have and triggers, so that you can best treat and manage your eczema. Please make an appointment with your doctor.
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