Atopic dermatitis is a familial, chronic relapsing inflammatory skin disease characterized by intense itching, dry skin, with inflammation and exudation that commonly presents during early infancy and childhood, but can persist or start in adulthood.
It is also referred to as atopic eczema.
It is one of the most common skin diseases afflicting both adults and children.


  • Identification & elimination of triggering factors is the mainstay for prevention of flares as well as for the long-term treatment of atopic dermatitis
  • Breast-feeding or feeding w/ hypoallergenic hydrolyzed formula milk was shown to be beneficial
    • If the patient w/ atopic dermatitis is also diagnosed w/ food allergy, the mother should be advised to eliminate all identified food allergen from her diet
  • Probiotics may also reduce the incidence or severity of atopic dermatitis, however, more study is needed to prove this benefit
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