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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Overview)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.


Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
326 Doctors shared insights

Atopic Dermatitis (Overview)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.


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How does atopic dermatitis start? Is it inherited?

How does atopic dermatitis start? Is it inherited?

Atopic dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis is also called eczema, dermatitis, or atopy. Most commonly, it may be thought of as a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies (hay fever), and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching.

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I've atopic dermatitis with white flaky itchy scalp when I don't eat soy fish diary nut my symptom get disappear my prick test food allergy is negative?

I've atopic dermatitis with white flaky itchy scalp when I don't eat soy fish diary nut my symptom get disappear my prick test food allergy is negative?

Avoid them: I am please something is helping your eczema. The relationship between food allergies and eczema is not well understoo. I would just encourage you to continue doing what works. D.

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Do symptoms like atopic dermatitis go away quickly?

Do symptoms like atopic dermatitis go away quickly?

Not usually: Atopic dermatitis is usually a chronic condition, characterized by flares and remissions, requiring ongoing management.

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My sister recently diagnosed with atopic dermatitis; she had mucoepidermoid carcinoma of mouth few years ago. Would there be any connection?

My sister recently diagnosed with atopic dermatitis; she had mucoepidermoid carcinoma of mouth few years ago. Would there be any connection?

No: Atopic dermatitis is very common and often a general diagnosis for an allergic-type of skin reaction. There is no direct link with mucoepidermoid carcinoma and atopic dermatitis.

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Does anyone know best cure for atopic dermatitis?

Does anyone know best cure for atopic dermatitis?

Moisturizer/steroid: There is no actual cure, unless specifically caused by an allergen or two (check foods, dust mites, etc). Focus on the dryness and the inflammation. Whether it's mild or severe, you should always use topical moisturizers (eucerin, aveeno, (oatmeal) even vaseline). Topical steroids will take care of the inflammation. The severity of the rash generally determines how strong it needs to be.

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) + klonopin + pregabalin cause atopic dermatitis. Been on it for 6+ yrs and since 2 yrs have had very dry sensitive skin and eczema. Thx?

Can Lexapro (escitalopram) + klonopin + pregabalin cause atopic dermatitis. Been on it for 6+ yrs and since 2 yrs have had very dry sensitive skin and eczema. Thx?

Depression, Anxiety: Lexapro (escitalopram) is anti-depressant medication, Klonopin is anti-anxiety medication, and Pregabalin is used for fibromyalgia. Lexapro (escitalopram) and Pregabalin may cause dry skin infrequently. Atopic dermatitis is not common side effect of Lexapro (escitalopram) Klonopin and pregabalin. Please see psychiatrist for assessment of depression, anxiety and medications used for 6 years; and for atopic dermatitis, see dermatologist.

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What will treat atopic dermatitis?

What will treat atopic dermatitis?

Treat itch, triggers: There are 4 basic principles to treating atopic dermatitis: 1: controlling itch with antihistamines, 2: good skin care for dryness, 3: using anti-inflammatory medications like steroid creams and elidel/protopic type agents, and 4: studying and addressing triggers (like food or animal allergies or chemicals that irritate sensitive skin, or superinfection with staph). See dermatologist or allergist.

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What is atopic dermatitis and how is it treated?

What is atopic dermatitis and how is it treated?

Eczema: The common name of atopic dermatits is eczema. It is an itchy, red/pink rash, that can happen on the face or neck or body for infants, and around the knees/inner elbow areas for older kids and adults. The cause of eczema is complex. Treatment usually involves good moisturization, topic steroid, oral antihistamines, and eliminating foods that the patient is allergic to.

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Can you suggest any remedies or treatment for atopic dermatitis that you know to be effective?

Can you suggest any remedies or treatment for atopic dermatitis that you know to be effective?

Moisturizer/steroid: If you look at eczema as a problem with inflammation and dryness, you define what you are treating more easily. Whether it's mild or severe, you should always use topical moisturizers (eucerin, aveeno, (oatmeal) even vaseline). Topical steroids will take care of the inflammation. The severity of the rash generally determines how strong it needs to be.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for atopic dermatitis?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for atopic dermatitis?

Advantages: Sorry, there are no disadvantages for treating eczema. See your doctor for appropriate topical and oral therapy. Also, allergy testing can help because food and pollens (indoor and outdoor) can cause or flare eczema.

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How to cure atopic dermatitis?

How to cure atopic dermatitis?

Atopic Dermatitis: Really there is no "cure" for atopic dermatitis, there is management. In my practice I recommend: decreased bathing (small baths every other day) using dove sensitive skin soap, liberal use of emollients (aveeno, aquaphor, cetaphil) and small amounts of topical steroids in the worst areas used sparingly until the outbreak resolves. Also, careful attention to products with fragrances and chemicals.

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Because I have atopic dermatitis, when I work out or run, (if I sweat, I get allergic reaction) what kind of exercise I could do to prevent humidity?

Because I have atopic dermatitis, when I work out or run, (if I sweat, I get allergic reaction) what kind of exercise I could do to prevent humidity?

Swimming: Swimming may be a good choice for you, but only if the pool chemicals are not one of the triggers for you atopic dermatitis. Aside from that, most exercise involves sweating. But even a nice walk can be good exercise - do it very early in morning or after sunset when it is cooler, and wear cotton clothes that will absorb sweat you produce. Best of luck to you!

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Can you tell me about the drug dupliumab for atopic dermatitis?

Mono clinal antibody: An antibody to receptor of interleukin-4 ;13. Suppresses the immune system against asthma and atopic dermatitis.

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What are risks of puva for atopic dermatitis?

Several: Puva therapy, or psoralen plus uva, is an effective therapy but unfortunately has some side effects. It can make you sun sensitive, and it is very important to take precautions to protect your skin and eyes while on this therapy. Additionally, psoralen ingestion can lead to GI upset.

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How can atopic dermatitis be prevented?

How can atopic dermatitis be prevented?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress.

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What are the foods to be avoided in atopic dermatitis?

It depends: There are no foods that are universally associated with atopic dermatitis. In moderate to severe atopic dermatitis about 30-50% of patients will have some food triggers for their ad. See an allergist for testing to find out what those might be.

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Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? Which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? Can the words be used interchangeably?

Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? Which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? Can the words be used interchangeably?

Yes, Interchangeable: Atopic dermatitis and eczema are usually interchangeable because they mean the same condition. However, you could have eczema which could be localized such as nummular eczema which is not atopic dermatitis. The term atopic is associated with allergy. Patients with atopic dermatitis do suffer from other conditions such as asthma also.

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What is atopic dermatitis?

What is atopic dermatitis?

AKA Eczema: Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, relapsing itchy skin rash that often occurs in the flexor creases, neck, ankles and wrists. In children, allergies are often the cause.

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