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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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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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Is atopy different thing from atopic dermatitis?

Is atopy different thing from atopic dermatitis?

They're related: Atopy is the medical term lay folks equate with "allergy". It's a general term. Atopic dermatitis is a particular form of atopy. Specifically it's an allergic response within the dermis, which is the connective tissue under the skin. Many know it as eczema. People can have chronic issues exacerbated by flare ups. Pts can often be treated by their pcp. Derm referral may be needed for severe cases. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Eczema or contact dermatitis, treatment?

Eczema or contact dermatitis, treatment?

Remove the irritant: Contact dermatitis is a straight forward issue of stopping the exposure. You also want to protect the skin with a good moisturizing lotion. Eczema is something that comes from an internal exposure like a food allergy that alters the immune system. You still want to stop the exposure, but it can be hard to find. Both conditions can be moderated with steroid creams and good lotions. ...Read more

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What causes atopic eczema?

What causes atopic eczema?

Moisture loss: The basic problem in eczema is loss of the normal moisture from the skin causing dry skin. Dry skin itches. Scratching the dry skin (or rubbing it on bedding) causes rash. Therefore eczema has been described as "the itch that rashes." people with eczema are sometimes missing some barrier proteins that prevent moisture loss. 1/3 of eczema may have food allergy triggers, but 2/3 will not. ...Read more

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Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Poison oak: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Yes: Stasis dermatitis is a lower leg condition in which the legs develop a rash because blood pools there due to circulatory issues, usually veins that don't work. Stasis is a greek word meaning to stand still. Eczema is a greek word meaning to boil over, and it is usually used synonymously with atopic dermatitis, an itchy, rashy allergic skin disease around elbows, knees, hands, face; or all over body. ...Read more

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Is spongiatic dermatitis related to dermatitis herpaformis?

Is spongiatic dermatitis related to dermatitis herpaformis?

Yes & No: In skin biopsy, spongotic findings only mean that there are fluid present and not a finding for a specific skin disease. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What causes eczema or dermatitis?

Genetics allergies: People inherit the tendency toward allergic conditions as eczema. You have dry sensitive skin which loses water . Barrier creams such as eletone and hylatopic can be helpful in treating the condition. ...Read more

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Can contact dermatitis change into nummular eczema?

Can contact dermatitis change into nummular eczema?

DERMATITIS: Nummular eczema are round inflammatory pruritis skin lesions treated with oral antibiotics and local steroid cream whereas contact dermatitis is caused by irritants or allergens also very itchy treated with antipruritic agents and steroid cream and avoidance of causative factors. ...Read more

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What is psoriasiform spongiotic dermatitis?

Not a diagnosis: This is a non-specific description of a skin biopsy. It can be useful only when used with clinical correlation by a dermatologist. ...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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What is eczema or dermatitis?

What is eczema or dermatitis?

Skin inflammation: Eczema is the formal term for dermatitis, which means skin inflammation. When most people talk about eczema, they are really referring to atopic dermatitis, which is an immunological condition that is driven by a lot of histamine release in the skin. This is different than, for example, nummular eczema, a coin-like rash that's a reaction to something else going on elsewhere on the body. ...Read more

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Is hand dermatitis and atopic dermatitis technically 2 different conditions?

Possibly: There are various types of skin conditions that can contribute to rash isolated to hands. Rash can be secondary to a number of conditions including atopic dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, irritant or allergic contact hypersensitivity, or other causes. Make an appointment with Allergist or Dermatologist to get to the bottom of the cause and receive the right treatment. ...Read more

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What is lichenoid dermatitis?

Lichenoid derm: Lichenification is the thickening of the skin due to either excess scratching or the underlying skin condition. ...Read more

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Stasis dermatitis--any cures?

Stasis dermatitis--any cures?

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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Is atopy different thing from atopic dermatitis?

They're related: Atopy is the medical term lay folks equate with "allergy". It's a general term. Atopic dermatitis is a particular form of atopy. Specifically it's an allergic response within the dermis, which is the connective tissue under the skin. Many know it as eczema. People can have chronic issues exacerbated by flare ups. Pts can often be treated by their pcp. Derm referral may be needed for severe cases. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the foods to be avoided in atopic dermatitis?

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. ...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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Why would you need phototherapy for atopic dermatitis?

Why would you need phototherapy for atopic dermatitis?

Only if very severe: 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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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?

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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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. ...Read more

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How do I cure my atopic dermatitis?

How do I cure my atopic dermatitis?

Difficult: Up to 40% of children with atopic dermatitis have some food allergy. Adults have a much lower %. In those ad patients with food allergy, eliminating the food may help significantly. In mild cases, it may even "go away". Otherwise, it is very difficult to cure. Good moisturization is the fundation of treating ad. Then anti itch meds, topical steroids, can help u feel better. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about atopic dermatitis?

Chronic: Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition of children and adults which can be associated with other disorders such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. It consists of itchy dry scaly skin. See a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...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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Is it possible to cure atopic dermatitis?

Is it possible to cure atopic dermatitis?

Treatable!: Atopic dermatitis can be treated but not cured. With proper management, a person can remain symptom free, and have beautiful skin. One must remain diligent in keeping good care of their skin. Mild soaps should be used to bathe the skin, and thick moisturing creams should be applied immediately after bathing to keep moisture in the skin. Topical steroids and immunomodulaters can also be used. ...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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How do I cure my baby's atopic dermatitis?

Skincare: Atopic dermatitis may be treated by moisturizing the skin, using topical steroids as prescribed by your physician and avoiding skin are products that may irritate the skin. White dove soap is an example of a gentle soap . If there are signs of infection, antibiotics may be indicated. ...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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How can I cure my baby's atopic dermatitis?

How can I cure my baby's atopic dermatitis?

Skin care: Adding moisture to the skin with a fragrance free lotion several times per day is part of the skin care plan. Topical steroids can help alleviate inflammation of the skin, but be sure to check with your physician regarding the strength. ...Read more

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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 do you recommend for atopic dermatitis?

Moisture & ceramides: Atopic dermatitis is a sensitive skin condition that has multiple triggers. Eczema or atopic dermatitis seems to respond to the application of moisturizing creams containing ceramides. Also, fragranced soaps also seem to contribute to atopic flares. There are differing degrees of severity. Speak with your dermatologist about the best course of therapy for you. Until the appointment, try cerave'. ...Read more

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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


Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more