What parts of the body are most likely to be affected by atopic dermatitis?
What parts of the body are affected? The part or parts of the body affected by atopic dermatitis tends to change as a child ages. In infants and young children, it’s usually the face, trunk and extremities. In older children and adults, atopic dermatitis tends to appear on the creases if the arms and back of the legs.
Does atopic dermatitis spread on your body?
Eczema does not spread from person to person. However, it can spread to various parts of the body (for example, the face, cheeks, and chin [of infants] and the neck, wrist, knees, and elbows [of adults]). Scratching the skin can make eczema worse.
What layer of skin is affected by atopic dermatitis?
When you have atopic dermatitis, the outer layer of skin is weaker and more susceptible to inflammation caused by immune cells in the body. The damage done by scratching also contributes to the breakdown of skin cells, making it easier for foreign substances to get in.
How does atopic dermatitis occur?
Atopic dermatitis can appear, or are up, when a person is exposed to something in his or her environment. This is commonly called a trigger. Known triggers for atopic dermatitis include exposure to allergens such as pollen, pet dander or peanuts, or by stress, dry skin and infection.
What foods make dermatitis worse?
Peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, fish, and eggs are the most common culprits. Because kids need a well-rounded diet, don’t stop giving them foods you think might cause eczema flares. Talk to a pediatrician or dermatologist first. They can do tests for problem foods.
What’s the difference between eczema and atopic dermatitis?
Eczema is most common in babies but also affects children and adults. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition. It is caused by an allergic reaction. It is the most common type of eczema.
Does atopic dermatitis go away?
Living with atopic dermatitis. There is no cure for atopic dermatitis. But it will usually get better or go away as your child gets older. There may be times when your child has few or no symptoms.
What does dermatitis look like on legs?
Thickened, discolored (reddish) skin on the ankles or shins. Itching. Open sores, oozing and crusting.
Is dermatitis caused by stress?
Anxiety and stress are common triggers that cause eczema to flare up, which then creates more anxiety and stress, which then leads to more eczema flare-ups.
Which organs are affected by eczema?
In babies, eczema mainly appears on the cheeks and the outer surfaces of the arms and legs and – less commonly – on the back, tummy and chest. Children, teenagers and adults who have eczema are most commonly affected on the backs of their knees, the insides of their elbows and the back of the neck.
Where is eczema most commonly found on the body?
Eczema can show up anywhere on your skin. In teens and adults, it’s typically found on your hands, neck, inner elbows, ankles, knees, feet and around your eyes.
Why have I suddenly developed eczema?
While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, researchers do know that people who develop eczema do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers. When an irritant or an allergen from outside or inside the body “switches on” the immune system, it produces inflammation.