Atopic Dermatitis Information
When looking for information on atopic dermatitis, it's helpful to understand that the word "atopic" refers to a tendency to develop allergy conditions, and the word "dermatitis" means swelling of the skin. Not surprisingly, atopic dermatitis refers to a type of skin rash, specifically one that usually develops in early childhood and continues into the teen years. This form of eczema is often characterized by symptoms such as:
- Sensitive skin
- Extremely itchy skin
- Patches of red, dry skin.
Irritants and allergens can make atopic dermatitis worse by causing the skin to be red or itchy, or to burn. These things include:
- Wool or synthetic fibers
- Soaps and cleaners
- Some perfumes and makeup.
A number of treatment options are available, and it may take some experimenting to figure out which method(s) will work best for you. Medications such as steroids or antihistamines, light therapy, and allergy avoidance are some of the commonly used treatments.
(For more information, click Atopic Dermatitis. This article looks at the causes of this condition, current research, and who is affected by it.)