atopic dermatitis

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atopic dermatitis

[‚ā‚täp·ik ‚dər·mə′tīd·əs]
(medicine)
A chronic eruption of red patches accompanied by intense itching that usually begins in infancy but may continue into adult life; the disease has a genetic predisposition, but its expression is modified by environmental factors.
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In our study, about one-third (32%) of the boys had allergic eczema and two-thirds (68%) had nonallergic eczema.
No link was however found between the type of delivery and allergies, hay fever or allergic eczema. It may also be added that almost all of the Caesarean sections carried out in Finland in the 1960s were emergencies and since the proportion of such deliveries has since increased five-fold the researchers have said that further studies would be needed.
It is theoretically possible to develop an allergic eczema of the ear, but extremely rare in the absence of dermatitis elsewhere.

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