More Answers on Atopic Dermatitis
Irritants and allergens can make atopic dermatitis worse by causing the skin to be red, itchy, or to burn. These things include:
- Wool or manmade fibers
- Soaps and cleaners
- Some perfumes and makeup
- Substances such as chlorine, mineral oil, or solvents
- Dust or sand
- Cigarette smoke.
Allergens are allergy-causing substances from foods, plants, animals, or the air. Common allergens that can make atopic dermatitis worse are:
- Foods such as eggs, peanuts, milk, fish, soy products, and wheat
- Dust mites
- Dog or cat dander.
Although stress, anger, and frustration can make atopic dermatitis worse, they have not been shown to actually cause it. Other factors that can lead to skin flare-ups include:
- Skin infections
- Not using enough moisturizer after a bath
- Low humidity in winter
- Dry climate year-round
- Long or hot baths and showers
- Going from sweating to being chilled
- Bacterial infections.
(Click What Makes Atopic Dermatitis Worse? for more information.)
People with atopic dermatitis should not get the smallpox vaccine because it may cause serious problems.
Atopic dermatitis research scientists are currently looking for the cause of the condition and ways to manage, treat, and prevent it.
These scientists are currently looking at:
- Biochemical changes in skin and white blood cells
- Immune factors
- Light therapy
- A bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus
- Aspects of drug research.