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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 - Eczema: 7 tips to stop the itch

Around 10% of babies and little children have eczema, which is a dry, itchy inflammation of the skin that usually appears on the elbows, the creases of the knees, the wrists and the neck.The good news is that by their teens almost 75% of children grow out of eczema. Below are seven top tips to help you deal with childhood eczema, from Dr Colin Holden, consultant dermatologist and president of the British Association of Dermatologists:Get professional advice If you think your baby or child has eczema, see your GP to get treatment. Don't try to treat it by yourself. Each case of eczema can need different treatment, which usually involves a combination of moisturisers, topical steroid creams and ointments. If necessary, you may be referred to a dermatologist. If the skin becomes red and starts to ooze liquid, it may be infected, in which case see your GP immediately for antibiotics.Get into a bedtime routine Children with eczema often find sleeping a problem, as their skin

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