Signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis may include:
Increased Incidence of Skin Infections
Signs of possible skin infection that may require prompt medical attention include:
Emotional Effects of Atopic Dermatitis
The severity of atopic dermatitis and the frequency and duration of outbreaks will vary among people. In severe cases, quality of life may be compromised. In addition to physical discomfort, people with atopic dermatitis may develop emotional problems, such as depression or anxiety. People with atopic dermatitis may experience social difficulties due to visible skin rashes.
Atopic dermatitis and its treatment may be particularly difficult for children, especially when skin involvement is quite severe.
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Last reviewed November 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods MD, FAAP Last Updated: 12/20/2014