Atopic dermatitis is most common in infants but can also develop in children and adults. People are more likely to develop atopic dermatitis if:
Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema, a term used to describe an itchy rash. “Atopic” means a tendency to develop allergy conditions. An allergy occurs when someone reacts to things like mold and pollen that don’t affect most people. When people come into contact with something they are allergic to (called an allergen), they may have symptoms, such as an itchy rash. This is called an allergic reaction.
The most common symptoms are a red, itchy rash and dry and easy to irritate the skin. Scratching or rubbing can make the itching and rash worse and even cause the skin to blister and ooze a clear or light yellow fluid. When this happens, the rash can become infected. Almost 50% of babies with atopic dermatitis have an allergy either to a food or environment.