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Dermatitis, Atopic


Synonyms of Dermatitis, Atopic
  • Atopic Eczema
  • Besnier Prurigo
  • Constitutional Eczema
  • Disseminated Neurodermatitis
  • Eczema

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Atopic dermatitis is a common chronic inherited form of eczema. Eczema is a skin condition characterized by redness, swelling (edema), oozing, crusting, scaling, burning pain, and itching (pruritus). Scratching or rubbing eczema may lead to thickening and marking of the skin (lichenification). The causes of eczema fall into two classifications: 1) constitutional eczema (atopic dermatitis), and 2) external eczema which is caused by allergies, irritations, or chemical reactions such as in contact dermatitis.

    Organizations related to Dermatitis, Atopic
    • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
      611 East Wells Street
      Milwaukee WI 53202
      Phone #: 414-272-6071
      800 #: 800-822-2762
      e-mail: info@aaaai.org
      Home page: http://www.aaaai.org
    • American Academy of Dermatology
      930 East Woodfield Road
      Schaumburg IL 60173
      Phone #: 847-330-0230
      800 #: 888-462-3376
      e-mail: None.
      Home page: http://www.aad.org
    • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
      PO Box 4121
      Brick NJ 08723
      Phone #: 732-664-9259
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.aininc.org
    • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
      c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
      Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
      Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@esid.org
      Home page: http://www.esid.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info



    For a Complete Report

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