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What are some of the signs that you might be predisposed to the atopic dermatitis type of eczema?

By Cynthia Bailey MD.

What are some of the signs that you might be predisposed to the atopic dermatitis type of eczema?

Some of the subtle signs I look for during a skin exam are bumps on the backs of the arms and on the thighs (keratosis pilaris), dark circles under the eyes (Dennie-Morgan folds) or extra lines on the palms (hyperlinear palms).

The atopic dermatitis type of eczema is found in approximately 20 percent of children, but only 3 percent of adults. Most people that develop this eczema manifest it when they are young and will gradually outgrow the problem. This is not always the case; I have also seen atopic eczema present itself for the first time in adulthood.

Some of the signs that you might have eczema in the family genes include:

  • Family members with “eczema”.
  • Family members with hay fever or asthma. Having these additional medical problems along with eczema is known as the “Atopic Triad.”  People with all three tend to have more severe atopic eczema.
  • Family members with keratosis pilaris, excessively dry and sensitive skin, hand eczema or hands with more lines on the skin than other people have.

Some of the things that might make eczema show up more in susceptible people include:

  • Exposure to cold, dry climates.
  • Ingestion of certain foods including dairy, nuts and shellfish. However, it’s important to know that experts think that atopic eczema is exacerbated by, but not caused by, these foods.

Please take a look through the eczema page index for information and tips:

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