Neurodermatitis (atopic eczema) is a chronically relapsing skin disease. It usually first appears in infancy, and according to the Swiss Allergy Centre (aha!) affects up to twenty per cent of children in Switzerland. The condition often improves or even disappears completely by the time the child reaches school age, and only four or five per cent of the adult population still suffers from neurodermatitis.
Neurodermatitis isn't infectious. It's often passed on in the genes. The precise cause of the condition is still not known. The triggers vary from patient to patient, which means there are also many different ways of treating it.
There's no test for identifying neurodermatitis. The condition can only be diagnosed on the basis of the symptoms, which range from dry, sensitive skin to serious itching and even inflammation of the skin.
You should discuss how to treat the condition with your doctor, but there are a few general tips that can bring relief