Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

Baby with eczema, showing rash on elbows, cheeks, and knees

Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a skin condition that causes intense itching. It may cause a red, raised rash. In severe cases, the rash develops bumps that look like little blisters.

For some people, eczema may be a long-lasting (chronic) skin problem that requires more than one treatment. In infants, it usually affects the cheeks, the front of the knees, and the back of the elbows.

Current as ofApril 17, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology

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