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A typically harmless substance that causes a response of the immune system. Examples of allergens include pollen, dust mites, animal dander, and mold.
A chronic condition characterized by an unusual reaction of the immune system to a typically harmless substance, called an allergen. See Allergen.
Atopic dermatitis (also called atopic eczema)
A chronic skin disease and the most common type of eczema. It is characterized by skin inflammation and itch. Scratching the skin results in redness, swelling, cracking, oozing, crusting, and scaling. Atopic dermatitis is not contagious. See Eczema and Inflammation.
Some biologics are injectable and are different from commonly used medications such as corticosteroids. Some biologics may target only the specific parts of the body that need to be treated.
Lasting for a long time or occurring over and over for a long time.
Medications that decrease inflammation. Steroid creams and ointments are frequently used to treat atopic dermatitis.
A group of skin conditions characterized by skin inflammation, rash, and itch. There are many different types of eczema, and atopic dermatitis is the most common of them.
An instance when disease symptoms gets worse.
The defence system that protects your body against harmful substances and invaders such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system is made up of many different cell types and organs.
Your body’s response to damage caused by bacteria, harmful substances, high temperature, or other factors. The damaged cells produce chemical signals that attract white blood cells that cause swelling in the surrounding tissues. Inflammation can lead to itchiness and redness.
An unpleasant sensation in the skin that makes you want to scratch.
The weeping of fluid on the skin surface as a result of scratching. When the fluid dries out, crusting is created.
A medicine applied to the skin.
Things that can make your atopic dermatitis worse. Examples of triggers include: dry skin, irritants, stress, hot and cold temperature, sweating, infection, allergens, and hormones.
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