Atopic dermatitis occurs predominantly during childhood but can continue into adulthood. There is no permanent cure, but you can have long periods without it. There will always be a small chance that it could reappear.
There is no specific cause of atopic dermatitis, although it is defined as the skins inability to properly contain water. When the skin becomes dry a rash may appear and this may result in skin that is itchy and irritated.
You should avoid anything that could irritate your atopic dermatitis more. Food allergies and allergies to certain metals and temperature or other environmental factors can affect the level of severity of your atopic dermatitis.
Infection may occur if you itch too much and cause blisters to ooze or crust over.
Common areas that are affected by atopic dermatitis are the face, scalp, the front of the knees and backs of the elbow. It is also quite a common occurrence in infants and children. The elbows, knees, and neck are some of the most common places where atopic dermatitis rashes occur in adults.
Mild atopic dermatitis can usually be treated with a rich moisturizer, while more severe cases will need to be treated with a prescribed medication from a doctor.
Medication to treat atopic dermatitis can usually be found in the form of a topical cream or ointment.
You should always remember to read and follow the directions of any medication that is being used to treat your atopic dermatitis. Be sure to be aware of the side effects of the medication or treatments.
Certain medications contain corticosteroids which can lead to thinning of the skin if they have been used too frequently.
Allergy medicines or medicines with antihistamines can also help to reduce the itching effects of atopic dermatitis.
You may want to take an allergy test if you believe that there is an allergen that is causing your atopic dermatitis.
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