Medical Dermatology


Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis is a common skin condition with itchy or inflamed patches of skin. It is more common in babies and young children but can occur at any age. Eczema has many different forms. The classical areas in children are inside the elbows and behind the knees. Eczema is caused by an overactive, oversensitive immune system. Up to 20 percent of children and one to three percent of adults develop atopic dermatitis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It affects males and females equally.

The Many Forms of Eczema

To learn more about Eczema call our Elk Grove Village office at 847.364.4717 or make an online apointment.

Simply put, eczema is an overreaction of your skin, much as asthma is an overreaction of the respiratory system. Both lifestyle changes, such as decreasing the temperature of baths and showers, and medications can help, but it is very important to know that there is no cure. Eczema, like all chronic conditions can be improved but not eradicated.

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