Useful tips to manage atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, also called atopic eczema or infantile eczema, affects people with dry and rough skin and may be caused by a variety of allergens.

Atopic dermatitis often starts in early childhood, around three months of age, and tends to run in atopic families.

Possible causes of atopic dermatitis include:

– Food allergy, which plays an important role in children under one year but not in adults

– Cow’s milk, hen’s eggs and peanuts are the foods most likely to exacerbate infantile eczema

– House dust mites tend to aggravate eczema in older children and adults

– Pet dander exposure, such as to cats, dogs and other furry animals, may play a role

– Certain bacteria may cause sudden, severe outbreaks of eczema

Tips to manage atopic dermatitis

If you have atopic eczema you may find the following useful:

– Take lukewarm baths with emollients, but don’t stay in the water too long

– Pat the skin dry with a towel – never rub eczematous skin dry

– Avoid soap, detergents and shampoo – use aqueous cream instead of soap

– Wear cotton fabrics next to your skin – avoid wool and polyester

– Wear loose rather than tight-fitting clothes

– Clip your fingernails and don’t scratch or rub your skin

– Avoid sports that make you sweat a lot

And, try to stay calm and relaxed because stress can make eczema worse.

2 thoughts on “Useful tips to manage atopic dermatitis”

  1. Hello doctor.
    I am suffering from perioral dermatitis….it is around my lips. I have taken alopathy medicines through which i got temporary relief but it again happens.
    It has even made my upper lip very light un color.
    There is itching, extreme dryness and inflammation around the lips.
    My alopathy doctr said that for this disease i have to take precautions forever in my life like avoid going in dust, sunlight. Cover face whenever go out. Dont use any cosmdtic. Is this disease not curable?
    Is there a treatment in homeopathy?
    M really tired of this bcoz it makes me feel emberassed in front of others as my lip area is always whute dye to dryness n infection.
    Plz suggest what to do?


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