Atopic dermatitis is a common medical condition which affects the skin. It affects a large number of people and in most cases it is actually chronic. It may also be referred to as atopy, dermatitis and eczema. There is the so called atopic dermatitis triad which includes eczema, hay fever and asthma. It is a well known fact that atopic dermatitis is hereditary in most cases. The most common signs of atopic dermatitis include itchiness and skin rashes. Dermatitis is actually an inflammatory condition which affects the skin. The word atopic means that the medical condition runs in the family.
Atopic dermatitis involves extreme itchiness, inflammatory conditions, dryness of the skin, scaling, crusting, weeping, cracking, redness and swelling. Atopic dermatitis may affect people from all age groups but it usually occurs in infants and children. It is not uncommon for dermatitis to be reoccurring in some cases. There are numerous different types of factors which can contribute to the occurrence of atopic dermatitis and those include cold weather and other environmental factors, new skin creams or other products, exposure to harsh detergents and soaps, seasonal allergies and dry skin. Contrary to some beliefs and misconceptions, it is very important to note that atopic dermatitis actually is not contagious.