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Dermatitis/eczema 

Dermatitis/eczema

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Dermatitis/eczema
Author(s):

Peter S. Friedmann

and Michael J. Arden-Jones

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2306_update_001

Update:

Pathogenesis—discussion of the phenomenon whereby the skin of atopic dermatitis sufferers helps programme the adaptive T cell-mediated immune response towards Th2.

Updated on 28 Nov 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 23 August 2017

Eczema is a characteristic pattern of skin inflammation that has many subtypes, with some induced by external factors such as irritants or skin sensitizers. Atopic eczema is due partly to a genetic susceptibility, which programmes altered immune responses and skin physiology, together with reactions to exogenous allergens and microbes, but a number of eczema patterns do not appear to have external causes....

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