How Is Atopic Dermatitis Relieved?
Atopic dermatitis treatment is most successful when the affected person, family members, and doctor work together. Treatment plans are based on the person's:
- General health.
Affected persons need to follow their treatment plan carefully and note what is or is not helpful. Symptoms usually improve with the right skin care and lifestyle changes.
The goal of treatment for atopic dermatitis is to heal the skin and prevent flare-ups. Doctors will help people to:
- Develop a good skin care routine
- Avoid things that lead to flare-ups
- Treat symptoms when they occur.
Affected persons and family members should watch for changes in the skin to see what treatments help the most.
Medications for atopic dermatitis include:
- Skin creams or ointments that control swelling and decrease allergic reactions
- Antibiotics to treat infections caused by bacteria
- Antihistamines that make people sleepy to help stop nighttime scratching
- Drugs that suppress the immune system.
Other treatments include:
- Light therapy
- A mix of light therapy and a drug called Psoralen®
- Skin care that helps heal the skin and keep it healthy (see Atopic Dermatitis Skin Care)
- Protection from allergens.
(Click Atopic Dermatitis Treatment for more information.)