How is atopic dermatitis diagnosed in infants?

Updated: Mar 13, 2019
  • Author: Brian S Kim, MD, MTR, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Infants with a severe itch and generalized dermatitis in the setting of recurrent infections should be investigated for evidence of an immunodeficiency. Failure to thrive and repeated infections help distinguish the eruption from AD. In Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, bleeding may be prominent with the dermatitis, because of the associated thrombocytopenia. A population-based cohort study by Schmitt J et al. suggested a possible link to the development of mental health issues in patients who experienced infant eczema and concurrent sleeping problems. [44]


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