Atopic dermatitis is characterized by red and itchy dry skin. Itching may start before the rash appears and sometimes can be intense. Persistent scratching of itchy skin can lead to redness, swelling, cracking, weeping of clear fluid, crusting, and scaling.
Both the type of rash and where the rash appears depend on a person's age.
During a severe flare-up, rashes may occur anywhere on the body.
Last Updated May 15, 2013