Atopic Dermatitis and Contact Dermatitis will cause eczema, an inflammation of the skin which makes the affected area red and itchy. While both will manifest as eczema, the difference between Atopic Dermatitis and Contact Dermatitis lies in the cause of the eczema rash.
Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic condition more common in children, it is often genetic and tied to asthma and allergies. Typically for Atopic Dermatitis, it will manifest for a period and then subside. Some children may grow out of it, though it has also been known to re-appear later in life. Additionally, some children may never grow out of it and continue to develop eczema throughout adulthood.
Contact Dermatitis appears when an irritant or allergy comes in contact with the skin, such as chemicals, nickel, cosmetics, or poison ivy. It is more common with adults than children.
When it comes to Atopic Dermatitis vs Contact Dermatitis; with Contact Dermatitis, eczema will clear up with treatment or over time. The eczema would only re-appear if the body is exposed to that allergen or irritant again. Atopic dermatitis is a long-term condition and while there are preventative measures that can be taken, it will return. It is very possible to suffer from both types of eczema, one of the main differences in knowing if the cause is contact or atopic is the location of the eczema rash on the skin.
Contact dermatitis will appear in the location in which the irritant or allergen came in contact with the skin such as eczema forming on the legs from brushing poison ivy, on the hands from working with a chemical, or on the wrist from a watch containing nickel. Atopic Dermatitis is often seen on the face, hands, feet, inner elbows and backs of knees and there may not be a direct cause for. There are many common causes for eczema flare-ups which make symptoms worse though it can vary from person to person.
Atopic dermatitis requires constant care in order to mitigate eczema flare-ups including keeping the skin moisturized and taking measures to avoid personal triggers. Though there are treatment options for eczema, there is currently no cure for Atopic Dermatitis.
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