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What is atopic dermatitis?


Atopic dermatitis is a very common, often chronic (long-lasting) skin disease that affects a large percentage of the world's population. It is also called eczema, dermatitis, or atopy. Most commonly, it may be thought of as a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies (hay fever), and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching. The word "dermatitis" means inflammation of the skin. "Atopic" refers to diseases that are hereditary, tend to run in families, and often occur together. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy and inflamed, causing redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and scaling. Dry skin is a very common complaint and an underlying cause of some of the typical rash symptoms.

What causes atopic dermatitis?


The cause of atopic dermatitis is not known, but the disease seems to result from a combination of genetic (hereditary) and environmental factors. There seems to be a basic hypersensitivity and an increased tendency toward itching. Evidence suggests that the disease is associated with other so-called atopic disorders such as hay fever (seasonal allergies) and asthma, which many people with atopic dermatitis also have. In addition, many children who outgrow the symptoms of atopic dermatitis go on to develop hay fever or asthma. Although one disorder does not necessarily cause another, they may be related, thereby giving researchers clues to understanding atopic dermatitis.

How is atopic dermatitis treated?


The doctor has three main goals in treating atopic dermatitis: healing the skin and keeping it healthy; preventing flares, and treating symptoms when they do occur. Much of caring for the skin involves developing skin-care routines, identifying exacerbating factors, and avoiding circumstances that stimulate the skin's immune system and the itch-scratch cycle. It is important for the patient and family members to note any changes in skin condition in response to treatment and to be persistent in identifying the most effective treatment strategy.

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Schneider Regional Medical Center

Location: St. Thomas, United States  
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Specialties: ALLERGY/IMMUNOLOGY, ANDROLOGY, BARIATRIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: ASTHMA EVALUATION AND TREATMENT, ATOPIC DERMATITIS TREATMENT, CONTACT DERMATITIS TESTING AND TREATMENT, ... more  

Schneider Regional Medical Center is a healthcare system comprised of three facilities operating with one vision: "To be the health care provider of choice to the residents of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean." Schne...

 
     
     
 

St. Luke's Medical Center

Location: Taguig City, Philippines  
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Specialties: ALLERGY/IMMUNOLOGY, GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, ... more  
Procedures: ASTHMA EVALUATION AND TREATMENT, ATOPIC DERMATITIS TREATMENT, DRUG ALLERGY TESTING AND TREATMENT, ... more  

St. Luke's Medical Center's state-of-the-art healthcare fuses the expertise of locally and internationally-trained doctors and medical professionals with industry leading technologies to deliver excellent medical care.We...

 
     
     
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