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Is atopic dermatitis contagious?

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No. Atopic dermatitis isn't contagious and cannot spread from one person to another through skin contact. There is generally no cause for concern in being around someone with even an active case of atopic dermatitis, unless they have active skin infections.

Some patients with atopic dermatitis get secondary infections of their skin with Staphylococcus ("staph") or other bacteria, herpes virus (cold sores), and less commonly, yeasts and other fungal infections. These infections may be contagious through skin contact.

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