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atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a condition where your skin gets very itchy, red, and dry. It can make you feel like you want to scratch your skin all the time, which can sometimes make it worse.

It's kind of like when you get a mosquito bite and it itches a lot. But with atopic dermatitis, it's like you have many mosquito bites all over your body all the time.

People who have atopic dermatitis often have it because their bodies have trouble making their skin strong and moist. This can make it easier for things like germs and allergens to get into your skin and make it itch and feel uncomfortable.

There are things you can do to help your skin feel better if you have atopic dermatitis, like putting lotion on your skin several times a day, taking warm baths instead of hot ones, and wearing soft, loose clothing. Sometimes, doctors can also give you special creams or medicines to help with the itching and redness.

It's important to tell a grown-up if you have atopic dermatitis so they can help you take care of your skin and make sure you feel comfortable.
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