oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Atopic eczema - the itch that erupts : ABC of allergology

Volume 21 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Atopic eczema, otherwise known as atopic dermatitis or infantile eczema is a chronic relapsing itchy skin disease. Atopic eczema is usually the first clinical manifestation of allergy in atopic families. It usually commences about the third month of life as a weepy rash on the face and outer surfaces of arms and legs and then progresses in later childhood as a dry scaly and itchy rash commonly in the inner creases of the elbows and knees. Some children may not outgrow their eczema and the condition can persist or recurs in adulthood.

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