Atopic eczema

Atopic eczema

Acute atopic eczema (flares) is associated with intensely itchy, red solid elevations of the skin that are associated with breaks in the skin surface and oozing fluid.2 In contrast, chronic (stable) atopic eczema is associated with thickened plaques of abnormal skin with increased skin markings.2

Acute eczema

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Chronic eczema

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The lifetime prevalence of atopic eczema symptoms decreases with age, from around 35% in children aged 7--12 years, to 24% in children aged 12-14 years and 2-5% in young adults.3-5

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UK/GEN/16/0051 Date of preparation: October 2016