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What is

atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

Atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema, is a chronic condition that causes red, dry and itchy skin .1–3 It is very common worldwide...
What is atopic dermatitis

...with an estimated prevalence of nearly

230 million

(around 3% of the entire population).4,5

In Hong Kong,


of children are estimated to have eczema .6

Do I have atopic dermatitis

Do I have atopic dermatitis

Do I have atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis usually begins in childhood and could go away before teenage years, while some children might continue to have symptoms as teenagers and adults .1,2 Sometimes, atopic dermatitis could first develop in adulthood .2,3

The common symptoms of atopic dermatitis include dry and itchy skin, rashes that appeared red or dark brown, or even oozing and bleeding .1–3 The body parts that are affected vary from person to person as well .1,2 Symptoms could appear on different body regions such as the hands, the face or the legs .1,2

Learn more about the symptoms

How to treat atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease where patients’ symptoms might come and go .1,2,7 Flare-ups (periods when the symptoms worsen) may occur as often as 2 or 3 times a month .7 On the other hand, some people might not experience any symptoms or worsening for up to several years .1

Although there is no cure for atopic dermatitis currently, it is important to visit the doctor if you experience any symptoms of atopic dermatitis .1,3 Taking care of your skin (eg, avoid repeated scratching and apply moisturizers regularly) can help ease your symptoms and prevent flare-ups .1,3 Based on the severity of your atopic dermatitis, your doctor might prescribe you with additional treatments and develop a personalized treatment plan for you to help control your condition .8

Consult your doctor for more information.

Learn more about the treatments

How to treat atopic dermatitis

How to treat atopic dermatitis

Assess your atopic dermatitis

Assess your atopic dermatitis

Assess your atopic dermatitis

As mentioned, treatment options could vary according to the severity of your atopic dermatitis .9

Complete the self-assessment now to learn more about the severity of your atopic dermatitis and discuss with your doctor on suitable treatment plans.



  1. Mayo Clinic. Atopic dermatitis (eczema): Symptoms and causes. Available at: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atopic-dermatitis-eczema/symptoms-causes/syc-20353273. Accessed Jul 2023.
  2. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Atopic dermatitis. Available at: www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/atopic-dermatitis. Accessed Jul 2023.
  3. NHS. Atopic eczema: Overview. Available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/atopic-eczema/. Accessed Jul 2023.
  4. Tsai TF, et al. J Dermatol 2019;46:825-834.
  5. United Nations. Global issues: Population. Available at: www.un.org/en/global-issues/population. Accessed Jul 2023.
  6. Cheng NS, et al. Asia Pac Allergy 2019;9:e26.
  7. NHS. Atopic eczema: Symptoms. Available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/atopic-eczema/symptoms/. Accessed Jul 2023.
  8. Mayo Clinic. Atopic dermatitis (eczema): Diagnosis & treatment. Available at: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atopic-dermatitis-eczema/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353279. Accessed Jul 2023.
  9. Boguniewicz M, et al. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2018;120:10-22.
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