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For any given child, it is difficult to predict. The majority of babies with AD will lose most of the problem by adolescence, often before grade school. A small number will have severe AD into adulthood. Many have remissions that last for years. The dry skin tendency often remains. Most people learn to use moisturizers to keep their dermatitis controlled. Occasional episodes of AD may occur during times of stress or with jobs that expose the skin to irritants and wet work.
For a perspective on growing up with eczema T.J. Berryman presents “E.T.: Eczema as a Teen,” a video discussion of the struggles of dealing with eczema as a teenager. Click here to view his video.