Atopic Dermatitis Information and Treatment
Atopic dermatitis , sometimes called eczema , is
a kind of dermatitis , an atopic skin disease. The word "atopic"
describes a group of allergic or associated diseases that often
affect several members of a family. These families may not only have
allergies such as hay fever and asthma but also show skin eruptions
called atopic dermatitis. The word eczema is used to describe all
kinds of red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, thickened and
itching skin conditions. Infantile eczema or neurodermatitis, is a
skin disorder caused due to hypersensitivity (allergy - related)
reactions occurring within the skin. It is characterized by
inflammation, itching and scaling of the skin. Atopic dermatitis may
be worse when you are exposed to certain foods, infection, stress,
seasonal or climate changes, irritants (such as soaps or chemicals),
or allergens (such as dust mites or animal dander ). Although older
studies have indicated that most children outgrow the condition,
more recent studies report that many people continue to have
relapses or to have the condition, although not as severely, as
teenagers and adults. You may also develop atopic dermatitis as an
adult. Atopic dermatitis is sometimes called eczema or atopic
eczema. But atopic dermatitis is only one of many types of eczema.
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, itchy skin
condition that is very common in children but may occur at any age.
It is the most common form of dermatitis . This condition usually
starts in early childhood, especially when there is a family history
of atopy . The skin fails to hold in moisture, becomes dry, then
inflamed, itchy and often infected. Various combinations of factors
cause the dryness. Allergies leading to an overactive immune system
and hereditary dry skin (ichthyosis vulgaris) are the most prominent
internal and external factors. To treat this disease you need to
work with the doctor in identifying and reducing those factors in
your or your child's life that trigger of flare-up the disease.
These are different for each person, so no one therapy is
appropriate for all eczema patients.