Atopic Eczema

  • Johannes Ring
  • Ulf Darsow
  • Dietrich Abeck


Atopic eczema (AE), also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, noncontagious, and extremely pruritic skin disease. With a prevalence of 2–5% in children (young adults approx 10%), it is one of the most commonly seen dermatoses. The discussion about pathogenesis of this disease is mirrored by the different names that it has been given (“prurigo Besnier,” “neurodermitis,” “endogenous eczema,” and so forth). Atopy is a strikingly common finding in these patients (1). It is defined as “familial hypersensitivity of skin and mucous membranes to environmental substances, associated with increased immunoglobulin E (IgE) formation and/or altered nonspecific reactivity” (2,3).


Atopic Eczema Patch Test Allergy Clin Immunol House Dust Grass Pollen 
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