Atopic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that develops in persons with a genetic predisposition for allergies. It is long-term (chronic) skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes and remissions of variable length. It is also called eczema.
Atopic dermatitis is most common in babies and children. But it can happen to anyone. When children with atopic dermatitis grow older, this problem can improve or go away. At other times, atopic dermatitis is a problem in adulthood.