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Infantile Atopic Dermatitis

Signs of atopic dermatitis appearing during infancy are called infantile atopic dermatitis or infactile eczema. The earliest manifestations usually appear when the infact is only two-months old and consist of severely itchy eruptions with exudation, which commonly start on both the chicks and quickly spread to other parts of the face, and then two other regions of the body. Sometimes however, the manifestations can start from some other region of the body rather than the face.

The most characteristic feature of infantile atopic dermatitis is the itching which is for more severe when compared to the intensity of the skin lesions. If the patient is not treated properly, it can lead to heavy crusting over the lesions with superadded bacterial infection, and the child can be very uncomfortable. The intensity of the dermatitis can very from time to time and the pattern also varies in different patients. The disease runs a variable course - it can remit spontaneously in a year or two to reapper at a later stage as a childhood atopic dermatitis, it may not appear at all throughout the rest of the life of the patient, or it may manifest as asthma or allergic rhinitis at a large scale. In some cases infantile eczema does not remit at all and slowly changes into the childhood face of atopic dermatitis.

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