Atopic Dermatitis and Quality of Life
Life can be frustrating and stressful for those living with atopic dermatitis, and quality of life can be affected. However, by being well-informed, being aware of symptoms and their triggers, and having good communication with healthcare professionals, you can find an atopic dermatitis treatment program that both meets your needs and adapts to any changes.
Despite atopic dermatitis symptoms, it is possible for people with the condition (both children and adults) to maintain a good quality of life. The key to living with atopic dermatitis and having a good quality of life will depend on:
- Being well-informed
- Having an awareness of symptoms and their possible triggers
- The partnership between the patient, the doctor, and other healthcare professionals
- Good communication.
When a child has atopic dermatitis, the entire family may be affected. It is helpful if families have additional support to help them cope with the stress and frustration associated with this disease. Families can help a child who has atopic dermatitis by:
- Distracting the child with activities that keep his or her hands busy
- Providing support and encouragement to the child who may face difficulty in school or with social relationships.
Adults with atopic dermatitis can enhance their quality of life by caring regularly for their skin. Other ways to manage the condition include:
- Developing a skin care regimen as part of their daily routine, which can be adapted as circumstances and skin conditions change
- Practicing stress management and relaxation techniques
- Developing a network of support that includes family, friends, healthcare professionals, and support groups or organizations
- Recognizing the situations when scratching is most likely to occur
- Counseling, which may be helpful to identify or change career goals if a job involves contact with irritants or involves frequent handwashing, such as kitchen work or auto mechanics.