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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)


 

WHAT IS ATOPIC DERMATITIS (AD)?

Atopic Dermatitis, also named as eczema, is a chronically relapsing skin disorder with an immunologic basis. The severity of Atopic Dermatitis ranges from mild to severe. However, it usually appears in newborns or very young children but it may last until they reach adolescence or adulthood. In the most critical cases, it may affect the normal growth and development of a child. Moreover, the children are likely to get inherited eczema whose Parents suffer from this skin disorder. Eczema causes the skin to itch, turns red, and scaly skin. Still, the new born rash does not necessarily mean that your baby has this skin condition.

DIFFERENT TRIGGERS CAN MAKE (ATOPIC DERMATITIS) ECZEMA WORSE, INCLUDING

  • environmental stress,
  • allergies, and
  • sweating.

Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Consists Of:

  • adequate skin hydration,
  • avoidance of allergenic precipitants,
  • topical anti-inflammatory medications,
  • systemic antihistamines, and
  • Antibiotic coverage of secondary infections.

HOW TO PREVENT IRRITATION?

One of the most important things you can do is to prevent irritation before it happens.

  • Moisturizing: Your child’s daily treatment plan must include moisturizing and needs to be applied at least once or twice a day.
  • Avoid irritants: Patients who are sensitive to abrasive fabrics or chemicals in bath soaps and detergents should wear soft fabrics, i.e., 100% cotton clothing, and take short baths with mild, fragrance-free body cleansers.
  • Ask your child to avoid scratching: Scratching the infected area makes the rash worse and leads to infection.
  • Avoid certain triggers: Try avoiding the overheating, sweating, and stress if they trigger the symptoms.
  • Ask your pediatrician: if your child has some sort of allergies.

Allergies to food, pets, or pollen can make it terrible. If the allergy is the cause of your child’s eczema, escaping the trigger is the only solution.

Chronic Skin Disorder

Always remember that Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disorder. Therefore, it requires ongoing supervision by you, your child, and your child’s pediatrician. In case the patient’s atopic dermatitis treatment does not show improvement, discuss your concerns with your child’s pediatrician.

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