What Is Atopic Dermatitis, and How Is It Treated?

Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is actually a very common skin condition, especially in infants and children. Some adults also have atopic dermatitis, but often the condition clears up as one gets older. This is not a serious skin condition, and it is very treatable. Here is what you need to know about atopic dermatitis and how it is treated.

What Is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema, and it is a skin condition that causes dry and very itchy skin. Often, the condition leads to open sores due to scratching because the itch can be nearly unbearable. The predisposition for atopic dermatitis is hereditary, although not everyone will have it even if it runs in the family. 

Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

There are some basic symptoms of atopic dermatitis that are easily seen. Your doctor will be able to help you determine if your skin condition is atopic dermatitis and help you create an effective treatment plan. Eczema is characterized by dry, red, itchy skin that is not caused by an allergic reaction or other skin condition. There are usually no other symptoms.

Treatments

There are a lot of treatments available to help control atopic dermatitis, although these treatments will not keep it from coming back. Typically, the only thing that helps eczema completely resolve is time, yet effective treatments can make the condition bearable. 

There are several options for creams that soothe the skin and control itching. There are also steroidal creams that can reduce inflammation and swelling, although these should be used with caution and not frequently. 

Light therapy is another treatment for atopic dermatitis. With light therapy, the rays of light are used to soothe and repair the skin. There is also a new treatment available called Dupixent, which is an injectable biologic. This new treatment is used in patients for whom other treatments are ineffective.

If you have atopic dermatitis, we can help you manage your condition. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.