Eczema is the most common inflammatory disease of the skin. Also known as
atopic dermatitis (AD), this condition affects 15 million adults and children -
6% of all Americans. It nearly always begins within the first 5 years of life
and while 50% of cases will be outgrown, the remainder will persist throughout a
lifetime. The exact cause of the condition is not known, but genetic factors are
thought to play a role in the development of this disease.
eczema often have allergies or asthma, as well. Various materials such as wool
can cause a worsening of symptoms.
Eczema or AD appears as redness,
scaling and/or small blisters (vesicles) on the head, face, neck, or the insides
of the elbows, wrists, and knees. These characteristic features are often masked
by secondary lesions such as crusting, excoriations, infection, or irritation
from topical treatments. There are three stages of eczematous inflammation.
There is no cure for AD or eczema. Current therapy is directed at
suppressing the inflammation and reducing triggering factors with topical
treatments and ultraviolet light therapy.
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- What are the most common symptoms of eczema?
- Are there any recognized risk factors for developing eczema?
- What kinds of medical tests are used to establish the diagnosis of
- What is the current standard of care for the treatment of eczema?
- What treatment options are available for the management of eczema?
- Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in
- Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in eczema?
- Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for eczema?
- What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about
What Your Doctor Reads:
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and
abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this
condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information
that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial
selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide
- Atopic dermatitis in infants and children. An update.
Clinics of North America. 2000
- The epidemiology and experience of atopic eczema during childhood: a
discussion paper on the implications of current knowledge for health care,
public health policy and research.
Journal of Epidemiology &
Community Health. 2000
- Outcome measures of disease severity in atopic eczema.
- Atopic dermatitis.
Primary Care; Clinics in Office Practice.
- Atopic dermatitis: new insights and opportunities for therapeutic
Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 2000
- Maternal antigen avoidance during lactation for preventing atopic eczema
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [computer file].
- Managing atopic dermatitis in children and adults.
- Atopic dermatitis: from the genes to skin lesions.
- Atopic dermatitis: unapproved treatments or indications.
- Managing pediatric atopic dermatitis.
Clinical Pediatrics. 2000
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