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Atopy In Children
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
Your body: The degree of response your body mounts to the allergen determines the severity of the reaction. ...Read more
Atopic dermatitis: localized skin reaction related to overreaction of the body immune system to external allergenic substance in contact with skin,
eczema dermatitis: skin disorder related to abnormal collagen fibers that is manifested by dry, eczematous skin with recurrent exacerbations mostly related to localized or systemic triggering factors. ...Read more
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
I need to get information on atopy treatments? How do you make your body less "sensitive" to everything?
My 2 year old daughter has been diagnosed with atopy? How can we get her "used" to things so she won't react?
Definitions matter: Atopy just means she has the tendency to become allergic as shown by early allergy related problems. Like getting sunburned easily, this is a tendency you are born with. There are things you learn to do to manage symptoms. Being aware can lead to early recognition of various issues, but you don't change atopy. Allergists can sometimes desensitize a kid to specific things, but the tendency remains. ...Read more
How does you cure or reduce the symptoms of adult atopy? Tired of skin reactions to various things.
Atopy: There is no cure for atopy which is not usually a reaction to outside things but rather an internal problem. Prescription strength steroid creams and moisturizers are effective at minimizing the signs and symptoms. ...Read more
Anyone know anything about this atopy condition? Doctor says it runs in our family. Can we prevent symptoms?
My daughter's 6 yo. She has allergic atopy, now white patches appeard in both thighs, buttock. Her skin is dry. Seems to b growing. Is it bc atopy?
My lips are itchy and full of little bumps. I had atopy until I was about 8, now im 16. I have really dry skin around my lip area.
Allergy?: For the dry skin a good little tub of Carmex is probably the best thing. But this itchy bumpy lip problem sounds more like a recurrence of an allergy. Think about recent foods you have eaten? Changes in soaps or perfumes or detergents? You might try a dose of Zyrtec (cetirizine) 10mg over the counter to see if this resolves. Best of Luck! ...Read more
Could never inflate balloons or sing much. Easily winded. Talking gets tiring but docs say no ILD or even asthma. Confused. What 2 do? Atopy 2 blame?
If father is having atopic dermatitis constantly if no cortisone, can the children be affected by similar allergic skin problems?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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