Atopic Dermatitis also known as atopic eczema (“eczema”), is a chronic, relapsing inflammatory skin condition characterised by dry skin, intense pruritus (itch), rash, erythema (redness of the skin) and over time, lichenification (thickening of the skin) and altered pigmentation. It is the most common skin disorder in childhood affecting around 20% of children and 10% of adults, however around 50% of people affected by atopic dermatitis during childhood continue to have it as adults, often with more chronic and difficult to treat eczema. This can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical, psychological, and social well-being and dramatically impair quality of life.
For the majority of individuals with atopic eczema, standard therapy with topical treatment will help alleviate symptoms. However, there are some individuals whose eczema symptoms cannot be controlled using standard topical therapy and will need to be managed with treatments that modify the immune system to gain symptom control.
This e-booklet for healthcare professionals aims to provide basic advice and support on recognising the signs and symptoms of atopic eczema and treatment options to help manage the condition, including useful practical tips and advice.