An Atlas of Atopic Eczema (Encyclopedia of Visual Medicine by Lionel Fry

By Lionel Fry

Atopic eczema is the most typical and protracted dermatological noticeable normally perform. during the last few years, advances were made within the genetics of atopy mostly, more moderen remedies were brought for topical use, and new techniques recommended within the etiology. hence, a brand new textual content on atopic eczema is either well timed and necessary. Written by means of one of many world's such a lot exotic dermatologists, An Atlas of Atopic Eczema offers complete assurance of this pores and skin disease, together with new details on calcineurin inhibitors and their healing strategies. greatly illustrated in colour, the atlas explores issues corresponding to genetics, etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, scientific gains, differential prognosis, relationships to different kinds of eczema, and therapy. the writer lifts the veil of bewilderment and is helping physicians remain on best of the problem the elevated prevalence of eczemas current.

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The cause is unknown but it is more common in atopic subjects. CLINICAL FEATURES 33 Figure 28 Extensive involvement on the extensor surface of the legs in an infant Ichthyosis vulgaris Ichthyosis vulgaris is a distinct clinical entity. There is a reported increased incidence in individuals with atopic eczema compared to normal subjects44. Clinically, it presents as dry scaly skin and may be confused with general dry skin, which is a feature of atopic eczema itself. Ichthyosis vulgaris is most pronounced on the lower legs and, in its mildest form, it may be the only site affected.

AGE OF ONSET Atopic eczema may present at any age but is essentially a childhood disorder. The most common age of onset is between 2 and 6 months. In the majority, the eczema will present before the age of 2 years. SEX Males and females appear to be equally affected. CLINICAL FEATURES OF ECZEMA PER SE Before considering the specific features of atopic eczema, it should be appreciated that there are other clinical patterns of eczema. Many features are common to all these patterns of eczema, depending on the severity of the eczematous process.

In this chapter, the clinical aspects will be divided in presentation according to age, localized sites of atopic skin disease, associated skin disorders with a background of atopy, non-cutaneous disorders, and stigmata associated with atopic eczema. AGE OF ONSET Atopic eczema may present at any age but is essentially a childhood disorder. The most common age of onset is between 2 and 6 months. In the majority, the eczema will present before the age of 2 years. SEX Males and females appear to be equally affected.

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