Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin of unknown etiology, with a hereditary predisposition in 70% of cases. It affects 5-15% of school-age children and 2-10% of adults. People with atopic dermatitis are more likely to suffer from food allergies, asthma, rhinitis, urticaria, and are more susceptible to staph infections and viruses. Causes irritation, scaling and severe itching of the skin. On dark skin it may be more purple than red or just a darker skin color.

When presented on the hands, it may also have small blisters along the sides of the fingers or on the palms. The hands may ache and dry out with openings and cracks in the palms or around the fingers.

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The main predisposing factors for eczema are: The constant wetting and drying of the hands along with the increased contact with soaps, detergents and other irritating products. Depression, anxiety, fatigue aggravate dermatitis. Scratching can lead to cracking of the skin and dermatitis to become infected. Also dermatitis on the hands can get worse in winter because the cold weather causes low humidity and dry skin.


The main goal of the treatment is the proper hydration and lubrication of the atopic skin in order to suppress the itching that causes exacerbations.

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