Atopic dermatitis (AD), sometimes called eczema, is one of many allergic skin conditions that affects children and adults. AD is a chronic and often relapsing disease which presents as a dry, scaly rash that be accompanied by redness, itching, oozing, cracking or bleeding. People with AD are more likely to develop another atopic condition and are more prone to infections and mental health conditions. The management of AD involves keeping the skin clean and moisturized, eliminating irritants, using topical and oral medications, and avoiding flares and infections.
Learn how to manage AD using tips from American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Use the AD CarePath to help select treatment, navigate insurance and create a shared decision-making plan.
The PAN Foundation offers financial assistance to help patients pay for their AD treatment.
Read more about AD (also called eczema) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
National Eczema Association (NEA) is a patient advocacy group with resources and information for people living with AD.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, in partnership with NEA, led a national study called Atopic Dermatitis in America.
World Allergy Organization describes AD epidemiology, symptoms, possible causes, diagnosis and treatments.
American Academy of Dermatology Association shares information about AD and tips for self-care.
Derma Care Access Network advocates for patients with AD to receive the best treatment possible, regardless of cost.
Read the Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis published by National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
Atopic Dermatitis: A Collective Global Voice for Improving Care is a detailed paper written from a provider perspective on how to best care for patients with AD.
The Aysa app allows users to take a photo of their skin and receive suggestions about their condition in preparation for a practitioner visit.
Take this assessment from Everyday Health and get personalized tips for managing AD.
Altogether Eczema is a global network for people with eczema and AD created by the International Alliance of Dermatology and Patient Organizations.
Read patient stories, browse the latest in clinical research and explore alternative treatment options on AtopicDermatitis.net.
Pediatric Patient Resources
Key points about AD in children are presented by Children’s National.
KidsHealth provides some information for parents who think their child may have AD.
National Eczema Association explains that children with a family history of AD, asthma or hay fever are more likely to develop AD.
Subtypes of AD in pediatric patients may exist, as detailed by the experts at Dermatology Times.
Medscape reviews the background, causes, treatment and prognosis of AD in children.
WebMD’s site Grow, dealing specifically with pregnancy and parenting, identifies the signs of AD (also called eczema) in babies.
This article from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines the frequency of visits to primary care practices with a presentation of pediatric AD.
Cincinnati Children’s offers practical advice for pediatric AD, like how often to bathe children and how to identify possible triggers.
A bleach bath may be recommended by a child’s pediatrician to kill bacteria that can make AD worse; Mayo Clinic outlines the process.
American Academy of Dermatology Association offers tips and explains when AD symptoms indicate an infection or more serious condition.
Images provided by Skinsight help parents identify if their child’s skin condition could be AD.