Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Atopic Dermatitis, Symptoms and Prevention

People with Asthma, Hay fever and other allergies commonly have a skin disease which is known as Atopic dermatitis. Itchy, Red, raised rash are caused by it and a clear fluid oozes out of it. The rash can be in any form. It may be in tiny blisters which break and crust over. If scratching is not controlled, the lesions can turn into infections.


Atopic Dermatitis may form on different forms of the body in Children and adults. In children it can be on the face, scalp, buttocks, thighs and torso. In adults it can be on the neck, inside the elbows, and the back of the knees. If an adult's hands or feet are exposed to irritating substances, the disorder of AD is most likely to occur on that place. During Infancy, it is even more worse but improves when the child grows up. Many children are more likely to have it better by ages of five and six.



Home Treatment:

When the skin retains moisture, it leads to a successful treatment.

Taking bath everyday with lukewarm (which is not too hot) water. Use of a gentle soap like Dove, Oil of Olay and Neutrogena or a cleanser like Cetaphil or Aveeno is more likely to have a good affect. It is good to bathe without the use of a soap because soap has all the chemicals.

Pat your skin dry after bathing and apply a lubricating cream. These creams help your skin from drying out. It is better to reapply the cream often. Benadryl or antihistamine helps relieve itching and relax one enough to allow sleep. Avoid antiseptics as they cause irritation. Irritation and allergy can be minimized if one avoids contact with things causing it. Some safety measures should be taken like when you are working with substances which are irritating you should wear gloves. Mild detergents should be used when washing clothes and hands should be washed twice after the washing. Fabric softener should not be used if it is irritating for a person.


When to call a doctor:

When a bacterial infection is present, it can cause crusting or sweeping sores. Health Professional should be called when the itching is so much that it is interfering with your sleep. Advice should also be taken when AD is not controlled with home treatment.

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