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What is atopic dermatitis?

Allergic rashes. Risk factors include genetics, other allergic disease, new skin products, and allergic foods. Cases of childhood eczema can resolve by adulthood, however in some cases it can happen to adults too.

Symptoms of atopic dermatitis

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin is broken from scratching

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Skin abnormality

  • Allergic symptoms are present all year round

  • Rash that affects my left and right side equally

  • Welts appear when skin is scratched or rubbed

  • Dark spots on skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for atopic dermatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose atopic dermatitis

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Did you scratch your skin?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema) throughout the year?

Treatment for atopic dermatitis

Flares should be treated early. Regular moisturizers, at least three times a day, especially after bathing are important. Steroid creams are also useful in controlling the inflammation. Severe cases may require wet dressings, steroid tablets, or light therapy.

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