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Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? can the words be used interchangeably?

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Dr. Powlin Manuel answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

Yes, Interchangeable: Atopic dermatitis and eczema are usually interchangeable because they mean the same condition. However, you could have eczema which could be localized such as nummular eczema which is not atopic dermatitis. The term atopic is associated with allergy. Patients with atopic dermatitis do suffer from other conditions such as asthma also.

Answered 2/27/2018

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