A dermatologist smilingAtopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects
the skin. It is not contagious; it cannot be passed from one person to another.
The word “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin. “Atopic” refers to a group
of diseases where there is often an inherited tendency to develop other allergic
conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes