Atopic dermatitis 360

Atopic Dermatitis, also called Eczema, is a skin condition that consists of dry, itchy and easily irritated skin. When scratched, skin becomes red and bumpy and can develop a rash. Atopic Dermatitis only affects certain patches of the skin, which can be either a large or small portion depending upon the severity.

Symptoms

  • Skin that is regularly itchy
  • Red, rash-like patches of skin that appear regularly in specific parts of the body
  • Blisters or crusty looking skin that occurs after itching

Causes

In most cases, Eczema is thought to be caused by genetics, but there are other factors that may cause it to occur, including:

  • Changes in environment
  • Problems with the immune system or skin barrier
  • Participating in activities that can increase skin sensitivity
  • The age of a mother when she gives birth

Risk Factors

Individuals who have a family history of Atopic Dermatitis are at higher risk of developing symptoms. This type of skin condition typically affects children, but can happen at any age.

Treatment

The treatment of Atopic Dermatitis depends upon the severity of the case, but mild forms of it can be combated with a quality skin care routine which utilizes sensitive skin lotions. More severe forms of Eczema may require orally taken medication and medicated lotion. Washing with a sensitive skin soap can help decrease symptoms, as can taking shorter, cool temperature showers. Humidifiers can also be an asset in treatment.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/eczema/understanding-eczema-treatment

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