May, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions about Atopic Dermatitis

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Let’s face it – none of us want dry, red, or irritated skin.  Besides the aesthetic problems it presents, it can cause discomfort in many aspects of daily life.  Those suffering with atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, have to constantly deal with dry, itchy, and scaly skin, which can affect their appearance and quality of life.  For those who aren’t sure what this common condition entails, here are the answers to some of the most common patient questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Atopic Dermatitis

  1. What is it, exactly? Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a chronic, recurring inflammatory skin disease that’s characterized by itchy, scaly, and dry areas of skin.  It commonly affects the arms and the area behind the knees, though it can show up anywhere on the skin.
  2. What are the symptoms? Symptoms of atopic dermatitis typically include patches of red and brown skin, small bumps, mild to severe itching, scaly or cracked skin, and sensitive skin.  As it’s a reoccurring condition, symptoms might disappear for a period, only to return later on.
  3. What causes atopic dermatitis? While an exact cause for this condition is currently unknown, researchers believe it has a genetic basis.  There are many ways in which eczema can triggered, which includes changes in temperature or humidity, certain chemical irritants, allergies, stress, infections, and more.
  4. Is it preventable? Atopic dermatitis is not fully preventable, though there are measures people can take to manage their symptoms and reduce the severity or frequency of flare-ups.  Some of these measures include using moisturizer, bathing in warm water, using mild soap, avoiding irritants like perfume and jewelry, and more.
  5. What are the treatment options? While there is currently no cure for atopic dermatitis, there are a number of treatments options available.  Cortisteroid creams or ointments may prove helpful, as well as antibiotics and antihistamines.  It’s important to always discuss these treatment options with your doctor, as they will be able to customize a treatment plan based on the severity of your eczema.

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