Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an incurable, lifelong inflammatory skin condition characterised by a dysfunctional skin barrier2. It is most commonly seen in children, impacting approximately 15% to 20% worldwide2. Within the first year of life, about 60% of patients will develop eczema2,3, and 90% within the first 5 years2,3.
For many children eczema can start to go away as they age, they tend to 'outgrow' eczema, with symptoms often resolving by the time they are an adult2. However, some will have persisting symptoms of disease, with 10% to 30% having continuing symptoms2,3.
Having a management plan in place will help reduce the occurrence and severity of eczema, even in later years.