Slide show: Types of dermatitis
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Common signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema) include:

  • Red to brownish-gray colored patches
  • Itching, which may be severe
  • Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
  • Thickened, cracked or scaly skin
  • Raw, sensitive skin from scratching

Most often, atopic dermatitis occurs in the folds of the elbows, backs of the knees or the front of the neck. It tends to flare periodically and then subside for a time, even up to several years. The exact cause of this skin disorder is unknown.

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