How to Care for Atopic Dermatitis


Atopic dermatitis affects approximately 15 million people in the United States and is usually seen in babies and young children. Adults may also be diagnosed with atopic dermatitis which is considered a form of eczema. Patients with atopic dermatitis tend to have a strong family history of atopic dermatitis and allergies. The following tips will help ease the scratchiness often associated with this skin condition.

Steps

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    Do not scratch. If at all possible try not to scratch the affected areas.You may start scratching as a tic, but then you go on and on.
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    Trim nails short to prevent scratching the affected skin.
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    Wear plastic or rubber gloves when washing dishes or cleaning.
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    Moisturize. Oily based moisturizes such as Vaseline may be a good choice, follow the medical recommendations given by your provider.
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    Bathe using a non-perfumed soap.
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    Bathe using a mild soap such as Cetaphil or Dove. If you have the custom of washing your hair while having a shower do your best to avoid the shampoo water streaming down your body
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    Bathe less often, follow the the doctor's medical advice concerning bathing frequency.
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    Bathe using lukewarm to warmish water. Avoid hot water as this may irritate the skin.
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    Take lukewarm baths using a medically recommended bath oil to help soften skin.
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    Pat the skin dry using a bath towel. Try not to rub the skin.
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    Apply medically approved moisturizer after bathing.
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    Wear cotton clothing. During a particularly nasty episode, wear loose cotton clothing, to help prevent skin irritation. The rubber of your socks causes a lot of irritation, wear none and light and fresh espadrilles.
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    Try not to sweat. Sweating and changes in skin temperature may cause flare ups.
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    Reduce stress and anxiety as they can help exacerbate the condition.
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    Manage depression as this may also cause flare ups of atopic dermatitis. Be aware to determine what thoughts, feelings or situations trigger the flares. Be on your guard from the very onset and act accordingly.
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    Use medications as prescribed by your health care giver. If you feel like scratching, apply a sensible massage to the itchy area with a swab of your favorite atopic skin cream and let the flare cool down uncovered.

Tips

  • Avoid known skin irritants.
  • Studies showed a direct connection to several fungal infections. Ask your doctor you want an anti-fungal treatment.
  • Studies have shown breast fed babies are less likely to develop atopic dermatitis.

Warnings

  • See your health provider for medical assistance and advice.

Sources and Citations

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Categories: Skin Inflammation and Rashes