Atopic dermatitis (sometimes referred to as eczema) is an inflammatory condition of the skin that can cause severe itchiness.
It can be associated with asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). It can affect young children and often improve with age, but can also persist into adulthood. Diligent skin care is important to control eczema.
For flares, treatment can include a combination of prescription medicated creams, moisturization, and other treatments.