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What Is Eczema? – A Closer Look at Atopic Dermatitis

What Is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic medical (skin) condition (disorder) that causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed. It is a condition that is most common in children but it can last throughout adulthood. Infants that develop eczema often outgrow it by their 10th birthday, but some will occasionally suffer symptoms throughout their lives.

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The Symptoms of Eczema

The most common symptom is itching. The itching can be severe at times and is often worse at night. Because the skin can be so itchy, many people also have very sensitive and irritated skin because they scratch their skin to try to relieve the itch. Other symptoms include colored patches on the skin that are red to brownish gray in color, small raised bumps, and thickened, cracking or scaly skin.

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