Eczema, one of the most prevalent skin conditions, affects 17.8 million Americans. So, what is atopic dermatitis? Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema and shows through a red, itchy rash usually found on the cheeks, arms, hands, and legs. The frustrating and pesky skin condition is not curable, but there are ways to treat the symptoms.
Keep reading to learn more about the most common type of eczema:
Atopic Dermatitis Onset
Atopic dermatitis is most often developed in those who have family members with asthma and/or hay fever. The skin condition usually occurs in the early stages of childhood, as soon as 6 months old. This form of eczema can range from mild to severe and can also be long-lasting.
Eczema cannot be cured, but it can be outgrown and treated. Often times, a child will grow out of eczema and never have to deal with the itchy rash again. Other times, a child will grow out of the severe stages and just get a flare-up every now and then.
Atopic Dermatitis Symptoms
This form of eczema, much like other forms, is found behind the knees and elbows, but can also appear anywhere on the body. People who have atopic dermatitis may experience these symptoms:
- Weepy sores (or wet eczema)
Seasonal atopic dermatitis can be triggered by several outside environmental factors. For instance, if you have seasonal allergies in the spring, this can spark an eczema rash as a symptom of pollen. Also, low humidity in the winter seasons can dry out the skin, and result in an eczema flare-up. Stress, although not a seasonal factor, can also cause an eczema outbreak.
Eczema vs. Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is an extreme and severe form of eczema, but eczema does not mean you have atopic dermatitis. There are several forms of eczema and in order to properly treat the skin disease, you need to be properly informed on the type you have. Often times, the terms are used interchangeably. It’s important to note, however, that eczema is a general term describing the more severe skin disease, atopic dermatitis.
Atopic Dermatitis Treatment
Overcoming this form of eczema is not easy. Depending on how severe your condition is, the symptoms can be treated with topical medication, phototherapy, immunosuppressant drugs, and biologic drugs. Only in the most severe cases are systemic steroids used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
Even though there are available treatment options, be aware of what triggers your eczema reaction and do your best to avoid those factors. Be sure to keep your skin clean and be on the lookout for signs of infection. Keep your skin hydrated with eczema friendly soaps and lotions and take advantage of over the counter topical creams.
If you are struggling with atopic dermatitis, take the proper steps towards overcoming the skin disease and visit a Board Certified dermatologist. Elias Dermatology is dedicated to the well-being of our patients. Contact us today to take the first step towards healing your skin. (954) 771-0582