Atopic dermatitis (AD), a specific form of eczema, is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease, affecting 15%-30% of children and 2%-10% of adults globally. It is characterized by red, itchy, and inflamed skin lesions that can appear anywhere on the body but commonly occur on the elbows, knees, and neck creases. The condition is thought to result from a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors, including immune-system dysregulation and impaired skin-barrier function. Management involves a combination of skin care measures, topical corticosteroids or immunomodulators, and addressing triggers like allergens or irritants. In severe cases, systemic treatments may be necessary. Proper management helps alleviate symptoms and improve patients' quality of life.
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