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Atopic dermatitis directory

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema, a chronic skin problem that causes dry skin, intense itching and a red, raised rash. In severe cases, the rash forms clear, fluid-filled blisters. Atopic dermatitis is more common in babies and children, although adults may develop atopic dermatitis, too. It is not clear what causes atopic dermatitis, but people who have the skin problem often have a sensitive immune system and suffer from allergies and asthma. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about atopic dermatitis, what it looks like, how to treat it and much more.

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Thumbnail: Evening primrose oil 'no benefit for eczema'

Review of evidence finds little benefit from either evening primrose or borage oil for people with eczema

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Thumbnail: Allergies - How eczema changes with age

In babies, eczema tends to appear as a red rash on the cheeks, which spreads down to the neck and nappy area.Although many parents are concerned about using steroid creams on their babies, for short periods they can be very useful, although they usually shouldn't be used on the face. It's important to consult your GP before using these creams.It can be difficult to get the dose (amount) correct. It is usually measured in fingertip units (FTU). One FTU can treat an area of skin twice the size of an adult's full hand and fingers.Avoid using too little steroid as this can prolong flare-ups and require more treatment in the long term. Once the flare-up has cleared, stop using the steroid.Use cotton bedding and clothing as they can help reduce the itching, and keep your child's nails short and clean to lower the risk from scratching.

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