What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis?
Atopic dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis may present with the following signs and symptoms:
- Pruritus (excessive itching)
- Xerosis (dry skin)
- Lichenification (thickening of the skin associated with an increase in skin markings)
- Bumps or scaly patches on the skin
Atopic dermatitis can affect the skin on any part of the body such as the face, neck, arms, and hands. The armpits and groins are generally spared. Bacterial infection may occur on the skin leading to crusting, oozing, and ulcer formation.
Contact dermatitis: The symptoms generally appear within minutes to hours of the exposure and are mainly confined to the area exposed to the allergen. Symptoms include:
- Bumps or blisters that may ooze and crust
- Burning or pain
- Dry and scaly skin
- Swelling over the affected area