Definition of Atopic Eczema

  • An itchy skin condition in the last 12 months

Plus 3 or more below:

  • Onset before 2 years age, (unless child is under 4)
  • History of flexural skin involved
  • History of generally dry skin
  • History of other atopic disease OR History in first degree relative
  • Visible flexural dermatitis

These are criteria as refined in UK from Hanifin and Rajka diagnostic criteria.

(Williams, Burney, Hay, Archer, Shipley, Hunter et al, the UK working party diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis. British Journal of Dermatology 1994;131:383-96)

A definition of atopic dermatitis