The term eczema, or atopic dermatitis, refers to red itchy skin with scaling and dryness typically starting in childhood.

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and inflamed skin. It often presents as patches of dry, scaly skin that can be extremely uncomfortable and distressing. Eczema can affect people of all ages, from infants to adults, and its symptoms can vary in intensity.

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that is believed to have a genetic component and is associated with a dysfunctional immune response. It is common in individuals with a family history of eczema, allergies, or asthma. The condition often goes through periods of flare-ups and remission, with symptoms worsening during flare-ups and improving during periods of remission.

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