Early Rashes in Infants May Predict Development of Atopic Dermatitis By 3 Years of Age

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Infants who develop rashes on their arms and over their joints appear most likely to acquire the skin disease atopic dermatitis by age 3 years, according to an article in the May issue of the Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Atopic dermatitis, which is characterized by recurrent scaling, redness and itchiness of the skin, has become more prevalent in the past 40 years, according to background information in the article. The condition usually arises in the first few years of life and is often associated with a family history of asthma and allergies. Despite infants' susceptibility to the condition, it is often difficult to diagnose atopic dermatitis in such young patients because it is difficult to determine if they are experiencing itching, one of the main symptoms.

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