The most common form of this chronic, noncontagious skin disorder is atopic dermatitis, which is characterized by itchy, red, scaly patches that often show up on the inner elbows, behind the knees, and around the neck and eyes. Prevalent in young children, it’s increasingly diagnosed in adults—especially those with a family history of the condition—and may flare with exposure to harsh soaps, fragrances, and foods that provoke an allergic response.

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