What is Atopic Dermatitis?

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Atopic Dermatitis—The Most Common Form of Eczema

You or your loved one’s eczema could be atopic dermatitis and might be uncontrolled despite treatment with topical prescription treatments.

Know what to look for

A cause of eczema is inflammation beneath your skin, and your current topical prescription medications may not be enough to control your moderate-to-severe eczema. If your current topical prescription medications are not enough, you may want to explore another option.
Talk to an eczema specialist if you or your loved one:


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Just the Facts

  • You or your loved one’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 the immune system causes 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 the skin.
  • Atopic dermatitis commonly appears on the face, hands, knees, neck, elbows, and ankles.
  • Experiencing frequent flare-ups while using topical prescription therapies may mean that moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis is not well controlled.
Hear from a patient who wondered if her eczema was severe enough for DUPIXENT.


DUPIXENT® (dupilumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults and children 6 years of age and older with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) that is not well controlled with prescription therapies used on the skin (topical), or who cannot use topical therapies. DUPIXENT can be used with or without topical corticosteroids. It is not known if DUPIXENT is safe and effective in children with atopic dermatitis under 6 years of age.

Important Safety Information

Do not use if you are allergic to dupilumab or to any of the ingredients in DUPIXENT®.

Please see additional Important Safety Information throughout this video and adjacent links for full Prescribing Information.

Individual results with DUPIXENT may vary.


Hi, I'm Rachel, and I want to share with you one big misconception I had about my severe atopic dermatitis. And that is… I never really thought about how serious it could be. In my mind, it was just this annoying condition that I had to deal with and could get by with some prescription creams and ointments. So, when my doctor recommended DUPIXENT, I was a little surprised.

The idea of injecting myself was new to me. I mean, I’d heard of self-injections for other diseases like diabetes, but not for eczema. And, to me, having an injection for something happening on my skin was more than I expected.

I remember thinking, “Is this really the point I’ve reached in treating my eczema?” But then again, I tried different prescription creams and ointments. I even made dietary changes like cutting out dairy and meat. I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for, and hoping that it would just go away was wishful thinking. I realized my eczema was serious, and I needed to make a change. That’s when my doctor and I took the next step and moved forward with DUPIXENT. And now, I see my self-injection with DUPIXENT every 2 weeks as a part of my life.

So, that’s a little bit of my DUPIXENT journey. Thanks for watching!


Take This Quiz to Understand Your

Do you still experience symptoms of constant itching and skin flare-ups while using prescription
topical treatments? Answer a few quick questions to better understand moderate-to-severe eczema
(atopic dermatitis), and use this information to help have a discussion with a doctor.

An Endless Cycle

Does the following cycle sound familiar? In eczema patients, the immune system (coupled with an impaired skin barrier) causes inflammation, contributing to flare-ups on the surface of the skin.

Immune cells in the deep layers of the skin send inflammatory signals to the surface. This is what makes you think, "I really need to scratch my skin."

When you start scratching, you can further break down the outer layer of skin cells and allow germs, irritants, and allergens to penetrate your body.

Inflammatory Signals
The more you scratch, the more your skin breaks down. That brings about more itching. The cycle continues.

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Find a Specialist Who
Treats Eczema

Use this Healthgrades™ tool to easily find nearby
specialists with experience in treating children, teens,
and adults with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe
eczema (atopic dermatitis).

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