Atopic dermatitis (eczema) signs and symptoms vary widely from person to person and include:
- Dry skin
- Itching, which may be severe, especially at night
- Red to brownish-gray patches, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and in infants, the face and scalp
- Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
- Thickened, cracked, scaly skin
- Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching
Atopic dermatitis most often begins before age 5 and may persist into adolescence and adulthood. For some people, it flares periodically and then clears up for a time, even for several years.
When to see a doctor
See a doctor if you or your child:
- Is so uncomfortable that the condition is affecting sleep and daily activities
- Has a skin infection â look for red streaks, pus, yellow scabs
- Continues to experience symptoms despite trying home remedies
Seek immediate medical attention for your child if the rash looks infected and he or she has a fever.