Atopic eczemaOverview

Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.


Atopic eczema is a common skin condition that causes patches of skin that are itchy, cracked and sore.


The main symptom of atopic eczema is patches of skin that are itchy, dry, cracked, sore and red.


You're more likely to get atopic eczema if you have allergies or other family members with conditions like atopic eczema, asthma or hay fever.


Treatments for atopic eczema include emollients (moisturising treatments) and steroid creams.

Page last reviewed: 02/12/2016
Next review due: 02/12/2019