Skill Checkup: A 32-Year-Old Man With a History of Atopic Dermatitis Presents With Worsening Itch

Diamant Thaçi, MD, PhD; Alan Irvine, MD, DSc


July 13, 2023

The similarities of AD in adults and children outnumber the differences; for example, in both adults and children, it has a relapsing, remitting course. However, there are several differences to keep in mind. Because adult patients with AD tend to have thicker, more lichenified skin, more aggressive measures may be needed to bring signs and symptoms under control. In adults with AD, the areas affected are more likely to be the backs of the knees, crooks of the elbows, the nape of the neck and the face. Adults, unlike children, often have AD around their eyes.

Editor's Note: Skill Checkups are wholly fictional or fictionalised clinical scenarios intended to provide evidence-based educational takeaways.

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