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What is atopic eczema?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The term eczema usually refers to atopic eczema, or atopic dermatitis (atopic means "allergic"), which is a complex genetic disorder that results in defective skin barriers, reduced innate skin immune responses, and exaggerated immune (T cell) responses to environmental allergens that lead to chronic skin inflammation. Atopic dermatitis can be the first step in an "allergic march," as infants who develop atopic dermatitis are more likely to go on to develop allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma.
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