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Inside the Inflammation

Frequent atopic dermatitis flare-ups may be
part of a bigger story happening inside your
body. The visible signs of your atopic
dermatitis may come from under your skin.

Understanding What’s Underneath

Eczema that occurs chronically may be more than just a skin condition. It could be a disease called atopic dermatitis.

The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, a chronic disease. If you struggle with frequent flare-ups that just keep coming back, there may be a bigger story happening inside your body.

With atopic dermatitis, even when your skin looks clear, the inflammation may still be active under the surface, and your next flare-up is just waiting to return. Some people always show signs of the disease.

The most obvious sign of atopic dermatitis is dry, itchy skin. Flare-ups are different for every person and can appear all over the body. Some other common external symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Oozing
  • Swelling
  • Scaly areas
  • Crusting
  • Thick skin

But the rashes on the surface are only part of the story. The impact can go deeper than the skin, in fact the majority of people with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis  report that itch can delay falling asleep and occasionally or frequently wakes them up at night. To really understand atopic dermatitis, you have to look at the deeper cause within your body.

Areas affected by chronic eczema
Face
Neck
Hands
Elbows
Knees
Ankles

Scratching the Surface

Atopic dermatitis is an immunological disease, which means it involves the immune system. With atopic dermatitis, your immune system is highly sensitive and can react to even the smallest allergens or irritants. This reaction can cause excess inflammation underneath your skin, which may lead to your frequent flare-ups. So those rashes you see on the surface are just the visible signs of a deeper inflammatory disease.

Uncover the Facts

1

Eczema is only skin-deep.

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2

Eczema and atopic dermatitis are the same thing.

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3

I only need to concentrate on preventing flare-ups of my atopic dermatitis.

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4

When my skin is clear, my atopic dermatitis is gone.

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5

Atopic dermatitis can be triggered by allergens.

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6

Changing my diet could help my atopic dermatitis.

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You got 4 out of 6 right.

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