Learn More About Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

The Vicious Cycle Of Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic Dermatitis (AD), or more commonly known as eczema, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition identified by cracked skin, skin dryness, itching and burning sensations. Patients with atopic dermatitis have genetically impaired skin barrier1,2 that results in a loss of skin moisture and increased susceptibility to harmful environmental elements1,2.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) alternates between flare and remission phases with varying degrees in severity. It occurs most frequently in children, although some adults also suffer from it. If your child suffers from eczema, you’re not alone; as many as 5 to 20 percent of children worldwide live with this skin condition4, with serious effects to their quality of life3. Although there is no known cure, parents can greatly help to minimize the stress of eczema.

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  2. Arikawa J, Ishibashi M. Kawashima M. Takagi Y, Ichikawa Y, Imokawa G. Decreased levels of sphingosine, a natural antimicrobial agent, may be associated with vulnerability of the stratum corneum from patients with atopic dermatitis to colonization by Staphylococcus aureus. J Invest Dermatol 2002: 119:433-9.
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