What is the most debilitating symptom of atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2019
  • Author: Brian S Kim, MD, MTR, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Incessant pruritus is the central and most debilitating symptom of atopic dermatitis (AD); children often scratch themselves uncontrollably. Although pruritus may be present in the first few weeks of life, parents become more aware of the itch as the itch-scratch cycle matures when the patient is aged approximately 3 months. The disease typically has an intermittent course with flares and remissions occurring, often for unexplained reasons.


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