Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis is an itchy chronic inflammations of the skin’s upper layers that frequently develop in individuals with asthma or hay fever and in individuals who have family members with such condition.

Individuals with this disease generally have various other allergic diseases. The relationship between such allergic disorders and Atopic Dermatitis is not clear; some individuals can have an inherited tendencies to form antibodies in excessive amounts, including immunoglobulin E in different stimuli number response. Various conditions may worsen Atopic Dermatitis, such as contacts with irritating clothing, emotional stress, bacterial infections of the skin, and changes in humidity and temperature.

In infants, Atopic Dermatitis can be caused by food allergy. Sometimes, Atopic Dermatitis may appear in the first several months after the birth. Infants can develop crusted, oozing, red rashes on the legs, face, feet, scalp, arms, hands, or diaper area. Frequently, Atopic Dermatitis clears by age three or four, and it is not uncommon for the condition to repeat.

In adults and older children, the rashes frequently occur or recur in only 1 or several spots, particularly, behind the knees, in front of elbows, or  Atopic Dermatitison the upper arms. The rash always stays itchy. Such itching frequently leads to uncontrollable scratching. Rubbing and scratching may also tear the person’s skin, allowing the bacteria to enter and result in infection.

For unknown causes, individuals with chronic Atopic Dermatitis, in some cases develop cataract in their twenties or thirties. In individuals, who suffer from atopicdermatitis herpes simplex, can produce a severe disease with high fever (eczema herpeticum) and eczema.

To determine the diagnosis of Atopic Dermatitis, few visits to a dermatologist can be required. No diagnosis tests currently exist. Diagnosis is based on the rash typical pattern and frequently on whether members of family have allergy. No cure exists for Atopic Dermatitis. Rash may be prevented by avoiding contacts with substances. Corticosteroid ointments or creams may subside a rash and keep itching under control.

However, strong such creams may subside a rash and keep itching under control. These creams, when used for a long time and over large regions, may result in severe medical conditions, particularly in infants, because such medications are absorbed into the blood. If a corticosteroid ointment or cream loses their effect, it can be substituted with petroleum jelly for a one or more weeks at a time.

Applying vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to the skin may help keep it lubricated and soft. When the corticosteroids are resumed after a short break, it may be affective. Some individuals, who have Atopic Dermatitis, find that bathing worsens their rashes. Water and soap, and drying the skin particularly rubbing with the towel, can be irritating. For such individuals, applying unscented lubricants or oils to the moist skin, gently blotting the skin with the towel, and bathing less frequently, are beneficial.

Such antihistamines, as hydroxyzine or diphenhydramine, may in some cases keep itching under control. Keeping finger nails short, can decrease chance of infection and help lower damage of skin from scratching. Dermatologist prescribes corticosteroid capsules or tablets only in serious Atopic Dermatitis, because they may cause severe side effects. Such oral medications may cause severe side effects. Such oral medications may weaken bones, stunt growth, suppress the adrenal glands and result in various other disorders, particularly in children. Oral psoralen doses in combination with ultraviolet light, can be helpful in adults.

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One Response to “Atopic Dermatitis”

  1. Sen Says:

    Using emulsifying ointment instead of soap helps some people. It helps the skin keep in moisture.

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