Atopic dermatitis is a long-term skin disorder characterized by itching, inflammation, and scaling. It is most common in infants and at that age is most frequently seen on the face and cheeks. Fortunately, most atopic dermatitis in infants clears up by the time the child is 18 months old. Children with persistent atopic dermatitis most frequently have flat, red itchy areas in the creases of their elbows and wrists as well as behind their ears and knees, though it can occur in other locations. Atopic dermatitis also occurs in adults, generally as a chronic or reoccurring condition. There is often a family history of hay fever, psoriasis, asthma, eczema, or another allergy-related disorder. Neurodermatitis (also called scratch dermatitis) is a type of atopic dermatitis that involves the scratch-itch cycle: an itch causes scratching behavior, increasing itchiness, leading to more itching and more scratching. Lichen simplex chronicus is the localized form of neurodermatitis in which chronic scratching leads to thickening of the skin and for the skin to develop a leathery texture. Neurodermatitis can be triggered by something that irritates the skin or by eczema, psoriasis, stress, or anxiety. Possible Symptoms: Blisters (with possible oozing, crusting, redness, and/or inflammation) Intense itching Rash Dry skin Leathery skin Raw skin Inconsistent skin pigmentation Ear discharge or bleeding Summary If you are concerned about atopic dermatitis or eczema, the specialists at the NY Allergy & Sinus Centers would like to help. Our doctors and associates will perform necessary testing and work with you to reach an accurate diagnosis. We will also develop a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and help you get back to normal. We offer convenient clinics throughout NYC: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Chelsea, and Queens. Please give us a call today at 212-686-6321.