Atopic dermatitis is a fairly broad issue. Typically, the term may be used to cover all general inflammation of the skin. The literal definition of atopic dermatitis is “skin inflammation”.
Typically, atopic dermatitis occurs from contact with allergens or irritants, and this is specifically called contact dermatitis. In the majority of individuals, it is rarely an ongoing condition and usually goes away after a short period of time. Ongoing cases tend to be due to continued contact with the allergen or irritant causing it or various other factors (genetics, nutritional deficiencies, etc.). But going into too much depth on atopic dermatitis is outside the scope of this book due to the extremely broad nature of the term.