Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever.

Atopic dermatitis is not the same as Psoriasis. Knowing the difference between the two requires a medical exam and diagnosis by a certified specialist.

There are some known triggers of atopic dermatitis such as:

  • dander
  • dry skin
  • infection
  • some foods
  • skin irritants found in some fabric, soaps or household cleaners may also trigger eczema
  • stress

Here are some helpful at home tips to aid in minimizing atopic dermatitis:

  • Choose mild soaps free from dyes or perfumes
  • Don’t scratch – it further irritates the skin. See your doctor!
  • Oral (over-the-counter) allergy medication may help
  • Use fragrance free moisturizer on your skin in the morning and evening before bedtime.

Moderate to severe atopic dermatitis needs evaluation and treatment by a dermatology specialist. If you are suffering from atopic dermatitis, contact us today.