What is Atopic Dermatitis?

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The Most Common Form of Eczema

Your teen's eczema could be atopic dermatitis—the most common form of eczema, and might be uncontrolled despite treatment with topical prescription treatments. Learn more about what atopic dermatitis is, and how an overactive immune system produces more inflammation than normal, contributing to symptoms like itching and rashes.

Get Educated About Eczema

When you and your teen understand what’s happening beneath the surface of the skin with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis), you can get a full understanding of the disease. Take a moment to look over these facts with your teen to learn more about moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis).

Your teen’s eczema could be more than a skin condition. It could be atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, and might be uncontrolled despite the use of topical prescription treatments.

Atopic dermatitis is an immunological disease where your teen’s immune system produces more inflammation than normal.

The overactive immune system under the surface may lead to increased inflammation on the surface, and is a contributing factor to the itchy patches on your teen’s skin.

Atopic dermatitis commonly appears on the face, hands, knees, neck, elbows, and ankles.

Frequent flare-ups while using topical prescription therapies may mean your teen has moderate-to-severe eczema that is not well controlled.

An Endless Cycle

Does the following cycle sound familiar to you and your teen? In eczema patients, the immune system (coupled with an impaired skin barrier) produces inflammation, contributing to the flare-ups on the surface of your teen’s skin.

Itching
Immune cells in the deep layers of the skin send inflammatory signals to the surface. This is what makes your teen think, “I really need to scratch my skin.”

Scratching
When your teen starts scratching their skin, this causes the outer layers of their skin cells to break down and allow germs, viruses, and allergens to penetrate their body.

Inflammatory Signals
The more your teen scratches, the more their skin breaks down. That brings about more itching, and the cycle continues.

Connect With a Specialist
Who Treats Eczema

Consult with your teen’s doctor and then use this tool to easily find nearby specialists with experience in treating teens and adults with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis).

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