What is atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema?
What is the cause?
Among other factors, in atopic dermatitis, there is a defect in the skin's barrier which is unstructured.
This effect enables external agents such as certain allergens and irritants to penetrate the skin. These agents have been identified as possible outbreak triggers in Atopic Dermatitis.
Is atopic skin hereditary?
Atopic skin is a multi-factorial disease that results from the interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Hereditary factors are known to be a very important component. As such, parents with atopy or allergy are likely to have children with atopic skin.
Is it very frequent?
It mainly affects the children. Out of every 10 children born one or two have atopic skin problems. It is estimated that in 70% of cases the disease disappears during puberty.
Is atopic dermatitis contagious?
No, it is not contagious.