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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Psoriasis n atopic dermatitis can occur at the same time?

Psoriasis n atopic dermatitis can occur at the same time?

Yes: Although both are chronic skin inflammatory conditions, these are two different medical conditions with a different diagnostic criteria and different treatment approaches. ...Read more

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Can someone please advise on conditions/diseases that have multiple skin involvement (psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema all at the same time)?

Can someone please advise on conditions/diseases that have multiple skin involvement (psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema all at the same time)?

Unclear question.: Do you mean whether one can have (atopic) eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis at the same time?
Since eczema is used loosely, it may mean a skin rash including allergic contact or irritant dermatitis, then the answer is that it can exist with psoriasis or atopic dermatitis (the latter actually increases the risk in developing contact dermatitis). Psoriasis does not co-exist with atopic eczema. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis? I have had itchy, scaley rashes around my nose, chin, buttocks and even groin. Help!

How do I know if I have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis? I have had itchy, scaley rashes around my nose, chin, buttocks and even groin. Help!

A dermatologist: Well indeed some of these diseases have overlapping symptoms. I suggest you see a dermatologist and they should be able to guide you and give you a proper dermatologist. If in doubt, a skin biopsy can confirm it, but it is rarely required. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

Symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

Itching.: Atopic dermatitis is an itch that rashes (as opposed to a rash that itches) - it's the itching that comes first, and scratching it that causes the rash. The itchiest areas are typically crooks of arms, backs of knees, and sides of neck, although other areas can be involved. Most kids outgrow it, although an unfortunate minority do not. Treatment depends on location and severity. ...Read more

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How to cure my drying atopic dermatitis?

How to cure my drying atopic dermatitis?

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. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic Dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis most often begins in childhood before age 5 and may persist into adulthood. For some, it flares periodically and then subsides for a time, even up to several years. Itching may be severe, and scratching the rash can make it even itchier and cause more inflammation. Once the skin barrier is broken, the skin can become infected by bacteria, especially staphylococcus aureus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

rash from scratchin: Most of the time, the main symptom is intensely itchy skin that causes the person to scratch. The scratching can cause patches of red rashes, often in the bends of the elbows and knees, or other joints; sometimes on the face, hands and feet; sometimes all over the body. If you keep scratching, you can get bleeding and skin lines (lichenification), and superficial skin infections that are painful. ...Read more

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What is causes you to get atopic dermatitis?

What is causes you to get atopic dermatitis?

Many factors: There is no single cause for atopic dermatitis. There r some common factors that a lot of ad patients share, such as dry skin, not producing enough natural antibiotics on the skin. But there are individual factors, such as food allergy, which can play an important role in some patients. ...Read more

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What is it like to used the drug dupliumab for atopic dermatitis?

What is it like to used the drug dupliumab for atopic dermatitis?

May improve rash: Dupliumab is a monoclonal antibody that binds the alpha subunit of the IL-4 receptor modulating the IL-4 and Il-13 pathways. This drug is still under investigation, but it does appear to have benefit in decreasing the number of asthma exacerbations in patients with allergic asthma. Atopic dermatitis is thought to be due to some of the same triggers and thus may respond also. ...Read more

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How can I overcome atopic dermatitis?

How can I overcome atopic dermatitis?

Management: Atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease. Topical steroids are used for flares. Good skin care with moisturizers, use of bland soaps etc. Are recommended for maintenance. ...Read more

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How can I get over atopic dermatitis?

Treatment: Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that can be controlled but not cured with good skin care and topical steroid creams. It is often helpful to see an allergist or dermatologist for the best treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for atopic dermatitis?

Is there a cure for atopic dermatitis?

No: There are several ways to keep it under control. The key is hydration and moisturizers. Topical steroids are used to treat flare ups. ...Read more

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Atopic dermatitis and atopic skin linked?

Atopic dermatitis and atopic skin linked?

The same thing: I think you are saying the same thing. Atopic dermatitis is the clinical disease state, while atopic skin may just be skin that can have atopic flares. I think the terms you mentioned really are the same thing. ...Read more

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What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

Help severe patients: Puva is a last resort therapy for patients with atopic dermatitis; most can be controlled and treated with other methods, and puva treatments increase the risk that a patient will develop skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. A study from japan in 1993 showed 81% of patients responded. Only an experienced dermatologist does this treatment. Link: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/8485113. ...Read more

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Can atopic dermatitis be cured with creams?

Can atopic dermatitis be cured with creams?

Not cured: Creams can treat the symptoms (itching, dryness and flaking) but not the cause. You should consider using a mild soap (dove), good moisturizer (aquaphor, eucerin) and limiting certain foods that can exacerbate the rash (milk, nuts, cheese, tomatoes, wheat, yeast, soy, and corn). ...Read more

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Why might I need puva for atopic dermatitis?

Why might I need puva for atopic dermatitis?

If nothing works: A person would only need phototherapy for atopic dermatitis if all the other treatments tried had failed to bring about improvement in the condition. These include antihistamines, topical anti-inflammatory creams, excellent skin hydration and searches for triggers that can be treated with avoidance or immunotherapy. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is winter season contrast to atopic dermatitis?

Is winter season contrast to atopic dermatitis?

???: Eczema is an allergic inflammation of the skin leading to significant drying. Winter is typically a very dry season that can exacerbate atopic dermatitis. The key is to keep moisturized as often as possible. ...Read more

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Is coq10 safe? Especially for atopic dermatitis?

Is coq10 safe? Especially for atopic dermatitis?

Safe: Coq10 is quite safe and is being looked at in many conditions. I haven't heard of any specific to atopic dermatitis, but it certainly fits the profile of things being looked at for its use in inflammatory conditions, such as atopic dermatitis is. Perhaps a dermatologist colleague could comment specifically, but overall it is very safe. ...Read more

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Can atopic dermatitis (eczema) go away with age?

Often but not always: 70% of the children lose their ad by age 7, but the other 30% don't. Ad may also develop in adulthood but this is much less frequent and may be a totally different disease. One thing seems clear-nearly all ad patients have dry skin, the result of a defective skin layer causing water loss. Moisturizer immediately after bathing is a must. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What must I know about puva for atopic dermatitis?

What must I know about 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. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is infant atopic dermatitis?

Could you explain what is infant atopic dermatitis?

Dry skin: It is skin that is overly sensitive to drying and irritation. Sometimes it is also related to food allergies. The irritated skin is particularly found on the skin creases opposite the elbows and in the back of the knees. It is inherited. It responds to treatment with moisturizers and steroid creams. It improves with age and sometimes resolves. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


Atopy (Definition)

Atopy usually dignifies atopic dermatitis. Some people call it eczema. It is a condition which affects the skin with dryness, redness, itchiness. It is probably brought on by allergy, but in most instances we don't know ...Read more


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