More than 31 million Americans have some form of eczema, including atopic dermatitis. While atopic dermatitis affects all races, it’s most common among Black children and Black children experience more severe cases.


What is Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

Eczema is actually a general name for a group of dermatologic conditions that includes contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and others. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that requires long-term treatment.

What Causes Atopic Dermatitis

If you or your child has atopic dermatitis there is nothing you did to cause it.  Sometimes it can be genetic, even if you or your parents didn’t have it, predispositions that cause the skin to be more prone to allergic factors could be a cause. 

As a parent who doesn’t suffer from atopic dermatitis but my daughter does I feel guilty that she’s experiencing this extreme discomfort. Sometimes she wakes up because her arm is so itchy which can have a lot of negative effects.

How Does it Affect Patients and Family

Treatment for Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis isn’t something that will just go away and treatment varies for every patient. You can see both a dermatologist or your child’s pediatrician to go over a treatment plan.