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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yoni is 18mths old. Has had atopic dermatitis for 6 months. Treated for a while with hydrocortisone and last few weeks the dermatologist switched him to Elidel (Pimecrolimus). His dermatologist had him do blood tests to see if he wasn't allergic to gluten
What's the question?: I don't understand if there is a question here. But I think gluten allergy is not the most likely cause for atopic dermatitis but egg allergy is. I recommend that you consult an allergist who can assist you in managing the immunologic aspect of AD. Applying a moisturizer ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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