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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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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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My daughter is 3 and at 1 she was diagnosed w/eczema and atopic dermatitis. Her scalp after bath w/itchy & flakey like dandruff. Nothing wrks, help! ?

My daughter is 3 and at 1 she was diagnosed w/eczema and atopic dermatitis. Her scalp after bath w/itchy & flakey like dandruff. Nothing wrks, help! ?

Eczema=atopic: Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It's best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, baths every other day, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. Cortisone ointment helps, too. If doing this doesn't help enough, she should see her doctor. ...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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When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

ATOPIC DERMATITIS: Atopic dermatitis is allergic in origin manifested by eczema or other itchy rashes located in the cubital and popliteal areas, recurrent in nature unless allergen is discovered. The allergy shots are given to desensitized the patient. ...Read more

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What is the root cause of atopic dermatitis? Is it eczema?

What is the root cause of atopic dermatitis? Is it eczema?

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. ...Read more

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How many infants with eczema or allergic dermatitis grow up and still have it?

How many infants with eczema or allergic dermatitis grow up and still have it?

Dont know statistics: Eczema indicates an allergic predisposition especially to foods. Statistics show that children who get eczema as infants often outgrow it by age three. If one gets it after three they might outgrow it with puberty. If onset is after puberty...Usually you have it for life. But chinese medicine, homeopathy, diet changes, and some supplements can improve the condition immensely. ...Read more

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I have allergic dermatitis. Last month during vacation sunbathed w/ one eczema w/ sunscreen. The rash is gone but the skin is lighter. Is it normal?

I have allergic dermatitis. Last month during vacation sunbathed w/ one eczema w/ sunscreen. The rash is gone but the skin is lighter. Is it normal?

Yes: Sun exposure can decrease the severity of eczema. However, chronic exposure to the sun with or without sun burn can increase sun damage (not visible to the naked eye) and that can later lead to skin cancer. Ask your dermatologist or md for good moisturizer recommendations and for topical steroid oil or cream recommendations. This is safer that long term tanning for your eczema. ...Read more

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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. ...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


Dermatitis (Definition)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are ...Read more