Atopic Eczema

  • Danya Reich
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
  • Bobby Buka


Atopic eczema is a chronic, relapsing inflammatory skin condition characterized by highly pruritic, xerotic, erythematous papulovesicular rashes that typically appear on the flexor surfaces of the elbows and knees, as well as the face and hands. Atopic eczema is a very common childhood condition, and it is not uncommon in adults. Atopic eczema is associated with other atopic diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. There is no cure for atopic eczema; however, topical corticosteroids can treat acute flare-ups, and frequent use of emollients and moisturizers, as well as avoidance of skin irritance, can help to prevent recurrence.


Eczema Atopic dermatitis Atopy Atopic eczema Inflammation Inflammatory Asthma Seasonal allergies Allergic rhinitis Atopic march Hygiene hypothesis Pruritus Pruritic Papule Vesicle Papulovesicular Childhood eczema Filaggrin Xerosis Lichenification Dry skin Emollient Corticosteroid Topical steroid Chronic Relapsing Skin barrier Moisturizer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danya Reich
    • 1
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
    • 2
  • Bobby Buka
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineMount Sinai School of Medicine Attending Mount Sinai Doctors/Beth Israel Medical Group-WilliamsburgBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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