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What is the root cause of atopic dermatitis? Is it eczema?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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In brief: Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is also called eczema, dermatitis, or atopy.
Most commonly, it may be thought of as a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies (hay fever), and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching.

In brief: Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is also called eczema, dermatitis, or atopy.
Most commonly, it may be thought of as a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies (hay fever), and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching.
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