Although the symptoms of atopic dermatitis can be difficult and uncomfortable, the disease can be successfully managed. People with atopic dermatitis can lead healthy, productive lives. As scientists learn more about atopic dermatitis and what causes it, they continue to move closer to effective treatments, and perhaps, ultimately, a cure.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
NIAMS/National Institutes of Health
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
(301) 495-4484 or
(877) 22-NIAMS (226-4267) (free of charge)
TTY: (301) 565-2966
Fax: (301) 718-6366
NIAMS provides information about various forms of skin diseases; arthritis and rheumatic diseases; and bone, muscle, and joint diseases. It distributes patient and professional education materials and refers people to other sources of information. Additional information and updates can be found on the NIAMS Web site.
Listings of clinical trials recruiting patients who have or are at risk of developing a skin disease can be found at http://www.ClinicalTrials.gov.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
(888) 246-2675 (free of charge)
TTY: (866) 874-2646
This government organization is a focus for disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion. It provides detailed information about smallpox and vaccination against smallpox, including those who should not receive the vaccine, precautions vaccinated persons should take to prevent harm to those with atopic dermatitis and certain other conditions, and answers to frequently asked questions.
American Academy of Dermatology
P.O. Box 4014
Schaumburg, IL 60168
(847) 330-0230 or
(888) 462-DERM (3376) (free of charge)
Fax: (847) 330-0050
This national professional association can provide referrals to dermatologists. It has published a pamphlet on atopic eczema/dermatitis, which is available on the organization’s Web site or can be obtained by calling or writing to the academy. Single copies are free.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
611 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-6071 or (800) 822-2762 (free of charge)
This national professional association representing allergists and clinical immunologists publishes pamphlets about allergies and atopic dermatitis. The academy can also provide physician referrals for evaluation of allergies.
National Eczema Association for Science and Education
4460 Redwood Highway, Suite 16-D
San Rafael, CA 94903-1953
(415) 499-3474 or (800) 818-7546 (free of charge)
Fax: (415) 472-5345
This is a national patient-oriented association devoted to eczema. It publishes a quarterly newsletter, provides patient brochures and provider educational materials, offers resource services to patients, and provides referrals to atopic dermatitis/eczema research centers.
Inflammatory Skin Disease Institute
P.O. Box 1074
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 223-0795 or
(800) 484-6800, Ext. 6321 (free of charge)
Fax: (757) 595-1842
This national organization provides educational information and support and engages in advocacy. It is dedicated to improving the lives of people with inflammatory skin disease.
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
10400 Eaton Place
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 691-3179 or (800) 929-4040 (free of charge)
Fax: (703) 691-2713
The organization provides education, emotional support, and coping strategies to individuals with food allergies. It publishes a bimonthly newsletter and has books, videos, and other educational materials pertaining to food allergy diets and to food-related issues in schools, daycare centers, and camps. FAAN also makes physician referrals.
The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse is a public service sponsored by the NIAMS that provides health information and information sources. Additional information can be found on the NIAMS Web site at http://www.niams.nih.gov
Revision date: July 9, 2011
Last revised: by Jorge P. Ribeiro, MD