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Atopic eczema

Form of eczema in patients susceptible to allergic reactions. There are two main forms: infantile eczema and adult-type eczema. In infants, atopic eczema can affect the whole face, and there can be patches on arms and legs. The skin is reddened, with small pimples. In young children and those of school age, the disorder is classified as adult-type atopic eczema. Its symptoms include patches behind the knees and elbows, and on the neck. The pimples run together, making the skin look thicker than usual. In adults, it may also affect the neck, anal regions and genitals; the patches are like those that occur in children, but usually smaller. In all types severe itching is the most important symptom, and scratching can cause small wounds which lead to complications.

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