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Atopic Dermatitis – Complications

Anna Chacon, MD Anna Chacon, MD February 7, 2021
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Complications that can develop due to eczema or atopic dermatitis include an impaired skin barrier, a modified immune system, which predisposes these patients to other skin infections. Affected skin in eczema is usually colonized by staphylococcus aureus and impetigo, which may be due to streptococcus pyogenes. Folliculitis [?] may also occur frequently. Potential ocular or eye symptoms may develop. In addition to eczema herpeticum, which presents as scattered numerous monomorphic punched out erosions with hemorrhagic crust, this can occur with, or without vesicles and signifies a superinfection with the herpes simplex virus. Molluscum contagiosum caused by the pox virus might also occur, particularly in children and pediatric patients, and is associated with a dermatitis known as molluscum dermatitis. And this may lead to an increased amount of skin lesions.

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