Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis Specialist
Approximately 14 million Americans suffer from atopic dermatitis, a condition also known as eczema. Around 9.6 million of those people are children under the age of 18. Living with eczema can place a burden on children and parents, and finding an effective treatment option is essential. At Coastal Family Dermatology, men, women, and children have access to highly skilled dermatologists who approach each case on an individual basis. That focused approach leads to treatment paths that are highly individualized. If you are ready to begin a path toward clear skin, schedule an appointment online for an initial consultation.

Atopic Dermatitis Q & A

Coastal Family Dermatology

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a skin disease that often develops during the first year of a child’s life. It is also known as eczema or atopic eczema.

Symptoms of eczema include:

  • Sudden appearance of rash
  • Red lesions that may ooze or weep fluid
  • Areas of skin that appear dry and scaly
  • Itching that often comes and goes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increase in skin infections caused by rubbing or scratching the rash

While adults can develop atopic dermatitis, 90% of sufferers develop the condition before the age of 5.

Is atopic dermatitis a serious medical condition?

Many people believe that skin diseases aren't severe medical conditions, but that view is misguided. Research on atopic dermatitis reveals that living with the condition can pose serious risks to your overall health and wellness.

Studies suggest that nearly half of all children with atopic dermatitis develop asthma. Children with eczema are also known to have higher rates of depression, anxiety, ADHD and behavioral disorders.

Living with eczema can cause high levels of stress in children, both from the discomfort that the condition presents and the social anxiety that comes from living with visible skin rashes. Atopic dermatitis also places strain on parents and caregivers.

How is atopic dermatitis treated?

The treatment process begins with a thorough examination to determine if you or your child is suffering from eczema or another skin condition. Your doctor asks about your personal and family health history and evaluates symptoms. A patch test for allergens may also be part of the diagnostic process.

Atopic dermatitis is incurable, but there are ways to treat and manage the disease. Treatment can make it easier to live with atopic dermatitis, especially for children.

Specific self-care practices can help control eczema, and your doctor advises you on how to modify your care routines to ease skin rashes. Changing the products and selecting quality moisturizers can be very effective.

There are also specific prescription medications that can help control eczema. Medications can have serious side effects, which is why it's critical to work with a dermatologist who reviews your full health history before writing a prescription.

Some people respond well to phototherapy, which makes use of targeted beams of light to treat skin rashes. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and nutritional supplements can also be beneficial. To begin a customized treatment path for atopic dermatitis, reach out to the Coastal Family Dermatology team today.

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