Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema.
Atopic eczema causes the skin to become itchy, dry, cracked, sore and red. Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread red, inflamed skin all over the body.
Although atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp in children.
You can help to improve your eczema by:
- Avoiding scratching
- Avoiding temperature extremes
- Wearing non-irritant clothes
- Avoiding using fabric softeners
- Avoiding soap
- Using moisturisers to help keep the skin hydrated