Atpoic eczema is the most common form of eczema, especially amongst children. The term atopic refers to people who are predisposed to develop allergies. This means that while they do not inherit the condition they do inherit the tendency to develop the allergy.
Inflammed, itchy skin is the most common symptom of atopic eczema. This in turn causes the skin to become red, swollen, weepy and scaly. Atopic eczema can affect the skin in almost any area of the body, however it most commonly affects the head, face, neck, arms and behind the knees.
Affecting Children and Adults
Although most commonly affecting children in their first year atopic eczema can affect anyone at any age. Its cause is unknown and as with most forms of eczema there is no known cure. Many children will grow out of the condition, however for some it will continue into adulthood.
The common triggers of the condition range from foods such as eggs, dairy products and fish through to environmental conditions like dust mite, pollen and detergents. The best way to prevent flare ups is to avoid the allergens that trigger the condition. Finding which allergens affect each individual is not always an easy task.