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Does atopic dermatitis affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Atopic dermatitis often affects children and adults in a similar way. In both children and adults, the skin rash caused by atopic dermatitis may occur in the same places: around the mouth, the sides of the neck, inside the elbow, behind the knees, the hands and wrists, and the feet and ankles.

In some cases atopic dermatitis may have a distinctive appearance in an adult. The rash may be especially severe on the face, especially around the eyes. Adults with atopic dermatitis are also more likely to develop very scaly-looking skin. An adult who has had atopic dermatitis since childhood may also have patches of leathery skin, a result of many years of scratching.

A doctor or dermatologist can give you more detailed information on how atopic dermatitis affects children and adults.

Atopic dermatitis tends to affect infants differently than adults. As a rule, inflammation caused by the condition can occur anywhere on your body. However, adults with atopic dermatitis generally experience symptoms around their hands, arms, and knees, while infants are much more likely to develop a rash on their face and scalp. Typically with infants, the affected area is more prone to ooze and become crusty as well.

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