Atopic Dermatitis Across the Ages

Photo: Lillian Finklea and her family

Atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema, is not “just” a skin condition. It is a chronic type 2 inflammatory skin disease that can result in intense, unrelenting itch and skin lesions with cracking, redness, crusting, and oozing1. AD can also have significant psychosocial impact on the people that live with it. Constant itch can cause sleep disturbance and, in addition to the physical symptoms, the visible characteristics of AD have been associated with anxiety and depression and feelings of isolation2,3

These psychosocial burdens of living with AD can affect patients differently at different stages of their lives. Young children can be left out in social situations if the kids around them don’t understand their disease or think it’s contagious, teens can face social isolation and bullying from their peers, and adults may face challenges professionally. For both children and adults, AD can mean missed days of schools or work.

Meet three people living with AD: Lillian, 11, Malena, 14, and Tzippy, 25, as they share how AD has affected their lives. 

Atopic Dermatitis Across the Ages


  1. Mount Sinai. Patient Care Atopic Dermatitis 2016. Accessed Sept. 9th, 2019.
  2. S. Weidinger and N. Novak, Atopic dermatitis. Lancet. 2016;387:1109–1122ivT. 
  3. Zuberbier, S. Orlow and A. Paller, Patient perspectives on the management of atopic dermatitis, J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2006;118(1):226-232.


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